Department of Biological Sciences

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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!

  • 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, she has her own passion that 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, she has her own passion that 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...
  • I recently finished my B.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Georgia, and fell in love with the idea of Ecological Engineering or simply Ecosystem Restoration, combining engineering designs and ecological principles.
    I recently finished my B.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Georgia, and fell in love with the idea of Ecological Engineering or simply Ecosystem Restoration, combining engineering designs and ecological principles.
  • Using a publicly available database of seaweed occurrence records dating back as far as the 1800s, I am investigating how the composition of seaweed communities in the Gulf of Maine has changed over time.
    Using a publicly available database of seaweed occurrence records dating back as far as the 1800s, I am investigating how the composition of seaweed communities in the Gulf of Maine has changed over time.
  • I am interested in how decapod crustaceans interact with each other and their habitat, especially in relation to fishery pressures and changing environmental conditions. My work at UNH focuses on how shell disease and other chronic stressors may impact the mating and foraging success of the...
    I am interested in how decapod crustaceans interact with each other and their habitat, especially in relation to fishery pressures and changing environmental conditions. My work at UNH focuses on how shell disease and other chronic stressors may impact the mating and foraging success of the...

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