Department of Biological Sciences

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!

  • The Joy of Discovery
    Wyatt Shell ‘20G recently won the UNH Graduate School’s 2019 Research/Scholarship/Creativity Award. The integrative and organismal doctoral candidate says he was thrilled and humbled to receive the honor. “I'm equally — if not more so — grateful to my advisor, Dr. Sandra Rehan, for the wealth of...
    The Joy of Discovery
    Wyatt Shell ‘20G recently won the UNH Graduate School’s 2019 Research/Scholarship/Creativity Award. The integrative and organismal doctoral candidate says he was thrilled and humbled to receive the honor. “I'm equally — if not more so — grateful to my advisor, Dr. Sandra Rehan, for the wealth of...
  • The Joy of Discovery
    Wyatt Shell ‘20G recently won the UNH Graduate School’s 2019 Research/Scholarship/Creativity Award. The integrative and organismal doctoral candidate says he was thrilled and humbled to receive the honor. “I'm equally — if not more so — grateful to my advisor, Dr. Sandra Rehan, for the wealth of...
    The Joy of Discovery
    Wyatt Shell ‘20G recently won the UNH Graduate School’s 2019 Research/Scholarship/Creativity Award. The integrative and organismal doctoral candidate says he was thrilled and humbled to receive the honor. “I'm equally — if not more so — grateful to my advisor, Dr. Sandra Rehan, for the wealth of...
  • Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom
    Kiley Kennedy ’19 considers the world to be her classroom, but she has found a nexus here at UNH where unique opportunities for learning in both traditional and nontraditional ways are preparing her for the future.
    Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom
    Kiley Kennedy ’19 considers the world to be her classroom, but she has found a nexus here at UNH where unique opportunities for learning in both traditional and nontraditional ways are preparing her for the future.
  • A Lifelong Lover of Marine Animals Finds Her Calling
    The passion of COLSA’s faculty and students convinced Mary Kate Munley '21 to attend UNH. Now, her own passion drives her to keep seizing opportunities and gaining the skills and knowledge she needs for a successful and rewarding career as a marine biologist.
    A Lifelong Lover of Marine Animals Finds Her Calling
    The passion of COLSA’s faculty and students convinced Mary Kate Munley '21 to attend UNH. Now, her own passion drives her to keep seizing opportunities and gaining the skills and knowledge she needs for a successful and rewarding career as a marine biologist.
  • Determined to make a difference
    Emily Ray ’20, a marine estuarine and freshwater biology major, came to UNH with a strong interest in studying shark behavior, but shifted her focus to...
    Determined to make a difference
    Emily Ray ’20, a marine estuarine and freshwater biology major, came to UNH with a strong interest in studying shark behavior, but shifted her focus to...

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