Zoology Major (B.S.)

Zoology Major (B.S.)

UNH Zoology student with chick

What is zoology?

Zoology is a field within the biological sciences that is dedicated to the study of animals: their origin and development as well as their habits, behaviors and relationships. It includes both the study of individual animals and their constituent parts down to the molecular level, and the study of animal populations and the relationships of animals to each other, plants, microbes and the nonliving environment. Students enrolled in the B.S. degree program take a series of core biology courses, then can specialize in disciplines such as marine and freshwater biology, cell and developmental biology, ecology, evolution or neurobiology.

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, and our faculty are experts in a wide range of disciplines, including freshwater, estuarine and marine biology, aquaculture, physiology, neurobiology and behavior. Students can conduct research in numerous 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
  • Biotechnology
  • Consulting
  • Conservation biology
  • Education
  • Fisheries biology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public relations
  • Research
  • Wildlife rehabilitation


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Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Zoology builds from the common background of the biology core curriculum to provide ample time for third- and fourth-year students to concentrate in specialized disciplines such as marine and freshwater biology, behavior, cell and developmental biology, ecology, evolution, fisheries, physiology, and neurobiology while giving students the foundation from which they can specialize in the area of zoology. Undergraduate students are encouraged to conduct field or lab-based research which helps determine advanced education disciplines for graduate studies.  Many students ultimately work in the government, environmental agencies, education as well as agricultural, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries, where they conduct advanced research and/or teaching.  Zoology majors had the second highest income and lowest unemployment rate according to data from the 2016  U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

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.

Major Requirements

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
BIOL 541Ecology4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4
ZOOL 400Professional Perspectives in Zoology1
ZOOL 518Vertebrate Morphology5
or ZOOL 628 Marine Invertebrate Evolution and Ecology
ZOOL 625
ZOOL 626
Principles of Animal Physiology
and Animal Physiology Laboratory
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 Electives
Select two courses 1
Capstone 2

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The Capstone must be taken during the senior year, ore after 90 credits have been taken.

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