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 College of LIFE SCIENCES AND AGRICULTURE

At the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, we seek to make a difference — from identifying the molecular pathway that leads to a new treatment for disease, to understanding the complex forces that impact our ecosystems and natural landscapes, to finding solutions for a global food system tasked with feeding billions.

Here, you will deepen your understanding of the world and learn to find sustainable responses to the planet’s biggest challenges. Leading edge research and hands-on experiences, combined with practical skill building in the lab and in the field, will create a firm foundation for your future.

When you graduate, you will join thousands of Wildcats who are forging their own paths to success, from here in New Hampshire to every corner of the world. 


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Owen Kanter '20 conducts moose research in New Hampshire.

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UNH Diversity Statement

The University of New Hampshire is committed to building and nurturing an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty and staff can thrive. We also are committed to providing open and inclusive access for all alumni, volunteers, learners, employees and visitors seeking to participate in our programs and activities. We venture to sustain a campus environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding. We believe diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion are foundational values inextricably linked to achieving our core educational mission and embrace the many characteristics of our community members that make them uniquely themselves. Here, you belong and all are welcome.

UNH Land, Water and Life Acknowledgement

As we all journey on the trail of life, we wish to acknowledge the spiritual and physical connection the Pennacook, Abenaki and Wabanaki Peoples have maintained to N’dakinna (homeland) and the aki (land), nebi (water), olakwika (flora) and awaasak (fauna) that the University of New Hampshire community is honored to steward today. We also acknowledge the hardships they continue to endure after the loss of unceded homelands and champion the university’s responsibility to foster relationships and opportunities that strengthen the well-being of the Indigenous People who carry forward the traditions of their ancestors.

Listen to the acknowledgement read by Denise Pouliot, the Sag8moskwa (Head Female Speaker) of the Cowasuk Band of Pennacook Abenaki People from Alton, New Hampshire and a member of the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective (INHCC), which includes her husband Paul Pouliot, several UNH faculty members and students, local grassroots organizers and community members and several members of other New England tribes.

  • UNH student Olivia Camara
    Pursuing Two Passions, Preparing for Success
    Agriculture and photography may not seem like common combined passions, but they are for Olivia Camara ’24, who is a sustainable agriculture and food systems major with a focus on dairy management from Acushnet, Massachuetts. “I have been taking photographs for about 8 years now and showing beef…
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  • UNH nutrition student Caroline Williams
    On Her Way to Becoming a Registered Dietitian
    Caroline Williams is a nutrition: dietetics major from Danbury, Connecticut. While excelling in both her studies and extracurricular activities, she has also found time to run two marathons while an undergraduate.
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  • A photo of COLSA student Olivia Boyan
    Characterizing Moose Vocalizations for Passive Acoustic Monitoring
    Olivia Boyan is a zoology major from Hartford, Connecticut. COLSA: Tell us about your research in as non-technical language as possible. Olivia Boyan: For our research, we’re seeking to quantitatively characterize moose vocalizations to use for a passive acoustic detector, which can monitor populations without physically disturbing their…
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  • UNH student Noah Hopkins on the beach
    Harnessing his own experience to build a career helping others
    Noah Hopkins ’24 is a nutrition and wellness major from Bath, Maine. A type 1 diabetes diagnosis when he was 4 years old has fueled Noah’s interest in health and nutrition, and his experience at UNH is preparing him for a career helping people living with the disease.
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  • Grace Walker with a horse
    Preparing for a career in the equine industry
    Grace Walker is an equine industry and management major and a member of the UNH Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team. She is from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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#2

in ecology research

Journal of Ecology

Top 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences

College Factual

Top 10%
General Biology

College Factual

#7
in Natural Resources and Conservation
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#8
in Dairy Science

Universities.com

93%
of COLSA alumni are employed
or in graduate school

First Destination Survey

75%
of students participate
in internships and/or research

First Destination Survey

77%
Average acceptance rate of
current students and recent grads
who applied to veterinary school
— well above the national average

 

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