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Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins once said, “I have long felt that biology ought to seem as exciting as a mystery story, for a mystery story is exactly what biology is.”  Biology is very much like a mystery story because it is full of twists and turns that lead to exciting discoveries.  In both, there are questions to be asked and problems to be solved.  From the interactions between an organism and its environment to the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease, biology is the framework within which we understand the wonders and complexities of the natural world.  Our biology program provides the opportunity to study, and develop a career in, whichever mystery of biology excites you. 

Choose from three concentrations.

The program’s breadth of course offerings gives you the option to either pursue a graduate degree or enter the work force in a variety of related fields.   Direct your studies with one of three concentrations:

  • Biochemistry.  This concentration is best if you’re interested in studying the molecules of life and a career in the rapidly growing fields of biotechnology and biomedical/pharmaceutical research.  It’s also the concentration if you want to pursue an advanced degree in cell biology, biochemistry or molecular biology.  You’ll get extensive hands-on experience in biochemical, cellular, and molecular techniques.
  • General Biology.  This concentration will give you a general overview of the biological sciences.  This one’s for you if you have a broad interest in biology, especially in a career in education.
  • Pre-medical/Pre-dental/Pre-veterinary. This concentration provides you with the basic entrance requirements for virtually every college of medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine in the U.S.   If you complete this program but choose not to pursue a career in medicine, you will be well qualified for a career in the rapidly growing fields of biotechnology and biomedical/pharmaceutical research or other technically oriented careers in health and related life science fields. You will also be well qualified to enter a graduate program in cell biology, biochemistry or molecular biology.

Jump-start your career with an internship.

Providing you with internship opportunities is one of the ways we help you take your passion for biology into the real world.  Open to you on a competitive basis, an internship will give you a distinct edge in your job search after graduation.   

In fact, overall, UNH graduates have an edge, enjoying a high rate of job placement.  Some of the leading organizations that have hired our graduates include:

  • Neurogen Corporation
  • CuraGen Corporation
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Genaissance Corporation
  • Pfizer Global Research
  • Protein Sciences
  • U.S. Surgical
  • The Institute for Pharmaceutical Discovery
  • Yale University School of Medicine 

Learn from instructors who include you in their research projects.

Most of our full-time faculty members have their doctoral degrees and are highly dedicated to undergraduate education, devoting many hours outside of the classroom to supporting their students and providing academic assistance and guidance. 

Active in research and widely recognized as scholars in their respective fields, our faculty members give their students opportunities for hands-on experience through participation in research projects.  Both governmental and private entities have awarded grant-funded research projects to the UNH Department of Biology and Environmental Science.  

Small lecture and laboratory class size allows for a high degree of interaction between faculty and students. 


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    If you are interested in Biology, you may also want to find out more about our undergraduate Biotechnology, Environmental Science, and Marine Biology programs, or our graduate Cellular & Molecular Biology and Environmental Science programs.

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