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!

  • Developing better ways to monitor marine habitats
    Grant Milne graduated from Thiel College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in conservation biology and a Bachelor of Arts in biology before joining COLSA's biological sciences: marine biology Ph.D. program. The Portville, New York native, who once had a gray seal chew on his fin while he was SCUBA...
    Developing better ways to monitor marine habitats
    Grant Milne graduated from Thiel College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in conservation biology and a Bachelor of Arts in biology before joining COLSA's biological sciences: marine biology Ph.D. program. The Portville, New York native, who once had a gray seal chew on his fin while he was SCUBA...
  • Mental health and wellbeing of grad students is focus
    In September, graduate students, faculty and staff participated in a seminar lead by Elisa Bolton, director of Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS), about the mental health and wellbeing of graduate students.
    Mental health and wellbeing of grad students is focus
    In September, graduate students, faculty and staff participated in a seminar lead by Elisa Bolton, director of Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS), about the mental health and wellbeing of graduate students.
  • Studying the impact of invasive green crabs on shellfish in Great Bay Estuary
    Kelsey Meyer is a doctoral student in COLSA’s biological sciences: marine biology Ph.D. program. She currently spends a lot of time traversing Great Bay in a small boat, collecting invasive green crabs, baiting traps and monitoring tiles for oyster spat.
    Studying the impact of invasive green crabs on shellfish in Great Bay Estuary
    Kelsey Meyer is a doctoral student in COLSA’s biological sciences: marine biology Ph.D. program. She currently spends a lot of time traversing Great Bay in a small boat, collecting invasive green crabs, baiting traps and monitoring tiles for oyster spat.
  • Ready to Take Aim at Cancer
    Hannah Duperry ’20, ‘21G received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavior with a minor in psychology and her master’s degree in molecular and cellular biotechnology (MCBT) from UNH.  The MCBT program is a professional master’s program that requires one year of academic work followed by...
    Ready to Take Aim at Cancer
    Hannah Duperry ’20, ‘21G received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavior with a minor in psychology and her master’s degree in molecular and cellular biotechnology (MCBT) from UNH.  The MCBT program is a professional master’s program that requires one year of academic work followed by...
  • From First-Gen College Student to Accomplished Scientist and Professor
    Easton White is an assistant professor in COLSA’s department of biological sciences, and he runs the Quantitative Marine Ecology Lab.
    From First-Gen College Student to Accomplished Scientist and Professor
    Easton White is an assistant professor in COLSA’s department of biological sciences, and he runs the Quantitative Marine Ecology Lab.

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