Professor of Biology and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeremy Ward works with students in his research lab.
Professor of Biology and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeremy Ward works with students in his research lab.

Biology Advanced Placement Credit

If you received a 5 on the biology advanced placement exam, Middlebury College will grant one college credit that will count toward the 36 units required for graduation. However, because the biology department does not offer any introductory course that is the equivalent of an AP biology course, advanced placement credit does not exempt a student from any of the published requirements for the major, minor, or joint majors, nor can it satisfy the college’s distribution requirement. 

Placement Exams

Effective Fall 2018, the Department of Biology no longer offers placement exams. Except for transfer students who have already taken equivalent courses, it is not possible to bypass BIOL 140 or BIOL 145.

Chemistry Advanced Placement Exam

All students wishing to take chemistry are required to take the chemistry placement test, except for those who have received credit based on the AP exam, International Baccalaureate HL exam, or British A levels. 

The Placement Exam assists the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in determining whether placement in Chemistry 103 or Chemistry 104 is more appropriate. Students who enter with advanced placement should register for Chem 107, if it is being offered, and CHEM 0104 if not.

The Placement Exam can be taken over the summer prior to arrival on campus, during First-Year Orientation prior to registration, or at any time prior to registering (e.g., during the fall semester ahead of spring registration). The Chemistry and Biochemistry Placement Exam is an online written test that is available any time. You may use a calculator. It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

See Placement Exam Information for Chemistry.

Library and Technology

Summer Research Opportunities

On Campus

Many of our faculty have funding available for students to work at Middlebury as a research assistant during the summer. Please talk to any of the faculty to find out what opportunities are available for next summer.

Off- Campus Summer Internship Programs

Careers in the Field

Discover what’s next with the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI)! As you embark on your post-Middlebury journey, CCI’s staff is available to help guide you.

  • Explore their comprehensive Major Guides, which provide suggestions for campus involvement, internships, and real-life career examples of Middlebury alumni.
  • Connect with alumni and professionals worldwide through Midd2Midd, Middlebury’s exclusive networking platform designed to foster meaningful mentorships and industry connections.
  • Navigate the various career paths associated with your major through CCI’s Career Communities Pages, offering valuable advice from our advisors and tailored recommendations for jobs, and internships.
  • Stay updated on the latest job and internship opportunities with Handshake, ensuring you never miss a chance to gain practical experience in your chosen field.