Department of Biological Sciences

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Explore the Department of Biological Sciences

Why do complex systems, from cells to populations, organize themselves and behave the way they do? That is the core question the biological sciences seek to answer.

In the Department of Biological Sciences, your search for answers will take you beyond the textbook and the classroom.

You can actively participate in lab- and field-based research in state-of-the-art facilities both on and off campus, as well as take advantage of the region’s varied natural habitats. New Hampshire boasts a stretch of the Atlantic coastline, alpine habitats in the White Mountains, forests, fields, and more than 1000 lakes and associated wetlands.  You can take advantage of our extensive network of research and teaching facilities, including the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, the Shoals Marine Laboratory, and farms and greenhouses that are part of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station.

You can work side-by-side with faculty on research projects that have major impacts on their fields, and apply for grants to fund your own projects.

You will find a wealth of resources relating to your work and your education, because we know that the most powerful learning happens through doing, seeing and experiencing. 

You will develop wide-ranging expertise leading you to a great career in (or beyond) biology: 92% of our undergraduate alumni are either employed or are pursuing graduate education. Our graduate students develop research and professional skills that lead to employment and success in diverse areas across industry, government, public service and academia.

Prepare yourself for success. Go beyond!

  • Program Encourages Conversations about Bias, Privilege and Equity
    As part of a broad effort to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the college, Dean Anthony S. Davis launched the anti-racist book share program in fall 2020.
    Program Encourages Conversations about Bias, Privilege and Equity
    As part of a broad effort to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the college, Dean Anthony S. Davis launched the anti-racist book share program in fall 2020.
  • COLSA Well Represented Among Winners
    In 2021, the UNH Sustainability Institute launched the UNH Sustainability Awards, which recognizes activities and achievements that best embody the principles and practices of sustainability.
    COLSA Well Represented Among Winners
    In 2021, the UNH Sustainability Institute launched the UNH Sustainability Awards, which recognizes activities and achievements that best embody the principles and practices of sustainability.
  • New Collections Manager of the Hodgdon Herbarium
    Erin Sigel recently joined the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture as the new collections manager of the Hodgdon Herbarium, which she describes as a “hidden gem of the university.”
    New Collections Manager of the Hodgdon Herbarium
    Erin Sigel recently joined the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture as the new collections manager of the Hodgdon Herbarium, which she describes as a “hidden gem of the university.”
  • The Impact of Human-Induced Noise on Animals
    New research from Nicole Abate ‘20G that examines the effects of different types of noise on crickets’ movement and mating  was recently published in Metaleptea, the orthopterists’ society’s newsletter.
    The Impact of Human-Induced Noise on Animals
    New research from Nicole Abate ‘20G that examines the effects of different types of noise on crickets’ movement and mating  was recently published in Metaleptea, the orthopterists’ society’s newsletter.
  • Solving the puzzle of complex animal sociality
    Wyatt Shell recently earned his doctoral degree in integrative and organismal biology following the successful defense of his dissertation, "Behavioral and genetic mechanisms of social evolution: Insights from incipiently and facultatively social bees."
    Solving the puzzle of complex animal sociality
    Wyatt Shell recently earned his doctoral degree in integrative and organismal biology following the successful defense of his dissertation, "Behavioral and genetic mechanisms of social evolution: Insights from incipiently and facultatively social bees."

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