Zoology Major (B.A.)

Zoology Major (B.A.)

UNH Zoology students at Cocheco River

What is zoology?

Zoology is a field within the biological sciences that is dedicated to the study of animals. Students learn how animals evolved, comparing their physiological, anatomical and behavioral adaptions, from tiny unicellular protista to terrestrial and marine birds and mammals. The B.A. in zoology is designed as a flexible program, allowing students to pursue an interdisciplinary or dual major to pursue careers in fields such as education or public relations.

Why study zoology at UNH?

Learning zoology at UNH is enhanced by easy access to ocean, lake and mountain habitats. Our programs emphasize hands-on learning and directly engage undergraduate students in research. Our faculty are experts in a wide range of disciplines, including freshwater, estuarine and marine biology, aquaculture, physiology, neurobiology and behavior, and welcome undergraduate students into their labs. Students also have opportunities to work in numerous research facilities, including the Anadromous Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Research Laboratory, the Aquaculture Research Center, the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex and the Shoals Marine Laboratory.

Potential careers

  • Animal care
  • Aquaculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation biology
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Public relations
  • Research
  • Wildlife rehabilitation


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Curriculum & Requirements

Built upon the common background of the biology core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Zoology is designed for students to create an interdisciplinary or dual major, particularly if they want to pursue public relations, teaching, or other careers in combination with a liberal arts background. Students have more flexibility when choosing courses from the biology core and may enter this program as freshmen or transfer in from other liberal arts or science programs. Students must fulfill a foreign language requirement in lieu of one advanced elective.

New England Regional Student Program

The bachelor's degree in zoology is one of the specialized curricula recognized by the New England Board of Higher Education and participates in the New England Regional Student Program. Under this program, students from any of the New England states pay the UNH in-state tuition rate plus 75 percent.

General Science Certification

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BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
or MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences
BIOL 541Ecology4
BMCB 501Biological Chemistry5
CHEM 411Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
ZOOL 400Professional Perspectives in Zoology1
ZOOL 518Vertebrate Morphology5
or ZOOL 628 Marine Invertebrate Evolution and Ecology
ZOOL 625Principles of Animal Physiology3
Zoology Electives
Zoology Elective Courses (Choose 2)8-9
ZOOL 529
Developmental Biology
ZOOL 613
Animal Behavior
ZOOL 690
Animal Survey Courses (Choose 1)4-5
ZOOL 542
ZOOL 628
Marine Invertebrate Evolution and Ecology
ZOOL 710
Elasmobranchs and Bony Fishes
NR 712
Biological Science Elective
Select one course 14-5
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The Capstone must be taken during the senior year, or after 90 credits have been taken.

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