Why attend the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH?
If you are interested in using science to make a difference in the world - through Biotechnology, Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics, Ecology, Marine Sciences, and many other fields - make UNH your living laboratory. A land-grant, sea-grant, and space grant university, we're raising a new generation of scientists. As you'll discover, our top-notch faculty places no limits on your growth and accomplishments. This is your opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge in a particular area; joining close-knit groups of students and faculty who love a subject; and preparing yourself for a lifetime of growth and learning. It all begins with Biology. The core biology sequence at the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture was developed to provide you with a solid grounding in the physical, quantitative, and biological sciences. The core satisfies the basic science requirements for all biological sciences, so you gain the flexibility to explore a wide range of subjects before choosing one that best meets your interests.
When people talk about the sciences, they often talk about developments on the cutting edge. Welcome to the edge. At UNH, you can develop an impressive array of skills and understanding of powerful new technologies, regardless of what field you study. You will explore the life sciences in a detail that would impress even those giants of science on whose shoulders we stand today.
UNH labs are research powerhouses and our scientists are among the nation’s best. The Institute for Scientific Information ranked UNH among such “high impact” universities as Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Carnegie Mellon.
Does the program include internships or field experiences?
These experiences are plentiful in the Biology program. Internships can take place anywhere, for example, in a business, a research facility, or a wildlife refuge. Students engaged in career-oriented work experiences may earn academic credit through a faculty sponsor associated with their department. Also, UNH and Cornell University offer a summer field program in marine sciences on Appledore Island of the Isles of Shoals. Undergraduate courses introduce students to a broad array of marine sciences, including oceanography, marine biology, fisheries, and marine resources.
How about research opportunities?
We want research to play an important role in your intellectual development. Not someone else’s research, but your research. Programs such as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program allow undergraduates to experience the thrill of designing their own research projects, collaborating with faculty experts and presenting their research in a public forum. Students conduct research year-round, as freshmen and seniors, on campus and off, and even abroad.
Are there also service learning opportunities?
Service learning is a process that actively engages students in authentic, community-based problem solving as an integral component of the academic curriculum. The biological sciences faculty actively participate in service-learning activities in the community to help students understand “real-life” problems. Your college education is not confined to classrooms, laboratories and the library, but is the sum of a broad array of experiences.
What if I am not sure about the Biology major?
A first-year student can enter the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture as an Undeclared student. A first-year Undeclared student takes the same courses as the Biology majors. In the fall semester – LSA 400, BIOL 411, CHEM 403 – in the spring semester – BIOL 412, CHEM 404, and MATH 424B. As you can see, it is extremely easy to enter any one of our Biological Sciences degree programs and not be behind.
What do I major in if I want to do Pre-med?
You can major in any field of study here at UNH. Pre-med is a program with a certain set of courses that must be taken before entering Medical school. The majority of the pre-med bound students major in General Biology, as the requirements are the same for the Biology degree as they are for pre-med.
What are the opportunities for advanced study?
UNH’s Graduate School offers 14 Master of Science program in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture along with 7 Ph.D. programs. The B.S. degree in Biology would prepare you adequately enough for any of these programs of study.
Who will be teaching the classes that I will be in?
Full time faculty members teach all lecture sections in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Graduate Teaching Assistants participate and set up the laboratory experiences for the various faculty members.