Ecological Genomics (Graduate Certificate)

Ecological Genomics (Graduate Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Ecological Genomics at the University of New Hampshire is an interdisciplinary program to provide graduate level training that spans molecular to ecological scales. Students will be trained to study genome evolution in an ecological context using a systems-based approach, whereby genomic evolution is considered within an integrated system resulting from mechanisms operating across molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological scales. Students within the program have the opportunity to build their five course certificate from a variety of course options from four broad disciplinary areas and one required seminar course. The flexibility of the program enables students with interdisciplinary interests to complement their current degrees in the life sciences broadly, and it is ideal for students with career interests in both the applied or basic sciences. This unique program also has an inter-institutional option, which affords the possibility for interested students to fulfill one or more of the requirements through offerings at the University of Maine.

Admission Requirement: Students should be enrolled in any graduate degree program in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Otherwise, students must hold a life-science related baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (or its equivalent) and achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 80, for those without a degree from an English-speaking institution. Courses taken at other institutions are not eligible to be transferred into the program.


Academic Program Manager
Phone: (603) 862-3933
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 114, Durham, NH 03824

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Curriculum & Requirements


This program of study requires five courses and a total of at least 13 credits: one course selected from offerings in each of four disciplinary areas and a fifth required seminar course. All courses can be completed at the University of New Hampshire, as outlined below. Through a cooperative agreement between the Universities of New Hampshire and Maine, some courses at University of Maine may fulfill one or more of the requirements for this program. In these cases, the University of New Hampshire student will enroll in an appropriate University of New Hampshire special topics course (e.g. NR 995 Investigations) and the content will be delivered remotely via a University of Maine course. Only select courses may be offered in this cross-institutional format. Contact the coordinator of the certificate program to get an up-to-date list of approved University of Maine courses.

Course Offerings and Requirements:

Genetics and Genomics
Select one of the following:
GEN 805Population Genetics3
GEN 815Molecular Evolution4
GEN 821Comparative Genomics4
GEN 872Evolutionary Genetics of Plants4
NR 908Landscape Genetics3
Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Physiology
Select one of the following:
BCHM 802Endocrinology4
BCHM 850Physical Biochemistry3
BCHM 851
BCHM 852
Principles of Biochemistry I
and Principles of Biochemistry II
BCHM 863Biochemistry of Cancer4
BCHM 894Protein Structure and Function4
BIOL 801Plant Physiology4
BIOL 805Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology4
GEN 817Molecular Microbiology5
ZOOL 877Neuroethology: The Neural Basis of Animal Behavior4
Ecology and Evolution
Select one of the following:
BIOL 804Plant-Microbe Interactions3
BIOL 820Plant-Animal Interactions4
GEN 813Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
NR 834Tropical Ecology4
NR 965Community Ecology4
ZOOL 833Behavioral Ecology4
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Select one of the following:
GEN 811Genomics and Bioinformatics0 or 4
GEN 812Programming for Bioinformatics5
MCBS 913Applied Bioinformatics3

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Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.


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