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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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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 Gabrielle Jarrett in Associate Professor Gregg Moore's Coastal Restoration and Resiliency Lab
    A research interest fulfilled and a career discovered
    Gabrielle Jarrett ’24 is a marine, estuarine, and freshwater biology major and Classics minor from Exeter, New Hampshire. While an undergraduate, Gabrielle worked in Gregg Moore’s Coastal Restoration and Resiliency Lab and made critical contributions to microplastics research.
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  • UNH student Haley Sanborn
    Hands-on experiences in the field are making the difference for this environmental science major
    Haley Sanborn is an environmental sciences: ecosystems major from Seabrook, New Hampshire. She is also a published author. (More on that below.) Prior to the official start of her…
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  • A photo of UNH alum Alex Zager in a forest holding up an animal.
    Bullfrog Vocalization Study: A Zoological Analysis
    Alex Zager, a zoology major, explores bullfrog vocalizations and the effects of temperature on their activity during mating season.
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  • A photo of undergraduate student Jocelyn Brierley in a vehicle.
    Zoology Research: Giraffe Vocalizations Study
    Discover COLSA student Jocelyn Brierley's research on giraffe vocalizations and behavior in response to noise at the Potawatomi Zoo.
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  • 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, Massachusetts.
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in ecology research

Journal of Ecology

Top 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences

College Factual

Top 10%
General Biology

College Factual

in Natural Resources and Conservation
in Dairy Science


of COLSA alumni are employed
or in graduate school

First Destination Survey

of students participate
in internships and/or research

First Destination Survey

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


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