College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

William Trumble, Dean
Alberto Manalo, Associate Dean

Programs of Study
Faculty and Courses

The objectives of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture are to give students a fundamental education in the biological, natural, and social sciences and to introduce them to the arts and humanities. In addition, advanced technical and professional courses are offered to prepare students for graduate school or entry-level positions in areas concerned with improving the quality of life. Preparation can vary from fundamental studies of cancer cells to community-service planning, resource protection to genetic engineering, and career teaching to molecular biology and biotechnology.

A blend of the basic and applied aspects of life sciences and agriculture, coupled with careful selection of supportive courses, ensures graduates the background and experiences necessary to be competitive in the job market. Potential employers include federal, state, and local governments; consulting firms; and industrial organizations. Graduates are employed as watershed, soil, and natural resource managers; associates in biomedical and agricultural research laboratories; marketing analysts and extension specialists; nutrition supervisors and environmental regulators; and information educators and communications experts.

Community governments employ graduates as service planners and land-use specialists, teachers in traditional and vocational education, public health technicians, and urban pest control specialists.

Positions are available in private and commercial organizations in production agriculture, food processing, landscaping, agribusiness, sales, and private planning. Graduates may also pursue entrepreneurial careers as greenhouse, nursery, farm, and natural resource managers; or as consultants, arborists, and environmental planners.

For those graduates with international aspirations, the Peace Corps and the Foreign Agriculture Service employ farm production experts, soil and water managers, market analysts, agricultural engineers, teachers, plant and animal breeders, and nutrition specialists.

Additionally, departments prepare students for advanced study in their chosen field of interest where graduate study is required for attaining their career goals.


The college offers three undergraduate degrees: the bachelor of arts, the bachelor of science, and the bachelor of science in forestry. Some of the courses prescribed in these degree programs partially fulfill the general education requirements. Students should see their adviser for specific information.

Bachelor of Arts

The bachelor of arts degree is available in plant biology and zoology. Students must accumulate 128 credits, attain a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average, satisfy general education requirements, and complete a foreign language requirement (see Degree Requirements under University Academic Requirements for specific B.A. language requirements). Check individual departmental listings for specific major requirements and minimum acceptable grades in major courses.

Bachelor of Science

The bachelor of science degree is available in all departments or programs except forestry. University requirements are the same as for the bachelor of arts degree, except that a foreign language is not required and minimum acceptable grades may differ in some programs. Check individual departmental or program listings for specific major requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Forestry

The bachelor of science in forestry is a professional, designated degree available to students majoring in forestry. (See Forestry for major requirements.)

General Science Certification

Students majoring in animal sciences, biochemistry, biology, environmental conservation, forestry, microbiology, plant biology, soil science, water resources management, wildlife management, zoology, or general studies may seek certification to teach science at the middle, junior, or high school level.

For further information, contact the coordinator of teacher education in the Department of Education.

Advising System

A member of the faculty whose area of interest is closely related to the student’s is appointed as an adviser to assist the undergraduate in planning his or her academic program. Further advising is also available in the dean’s office, Taylor Hall.

Undeclared Status

Students may select a major upon entering the college or may wait until registration for the sophomore year. Students who are uncertain about choosing a specific major may remain undeclared during their freshman year. In most cases they should take the following courses, after which they should be ready to declare a major:

CHEM 403
BIOL 411
General Education requirement
LSA 400
An introductory course in any department in the college

CHEM 404
BIOL 412
General education requirement

Undeclared freshmen should explore possible majors by taking courses in the areas or programs that interest them most. They should talk to faculty, students, and their adviser concerning requirements, job opportunities, etc., in the various programs and should be prepared to declare a major when they register for the first semester of the sophomore year.

Combined Programs of Study

In addition to pursuing a single major, students may combine programs of study as follows (check University Academic Requirements for more information): minors, second majors, dual-degree programs, student-designed majors.

Programs of Study and Interdisciplinary Minors

COLSA.pdf - This file replicates the printed information in the UNH Course Catalog 2003-04 for the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. It includes degree requirements and interdisciplinary minors offered by the College, and specific information for each of the College's programs of study.


Faculty and Courses

Animal Sciences (ANSC)


Department of Animal and Nutritional Sciences

Chairperson: Thomas L. Foxall
Professors: William E. Berndtson, Gale B. Carey, William A. Condon, Thomas P. Fairchild, Thomas L. Foxall, Charles G. Schwab, Samuel C. Smith, Robert L. Taylor, Jr.
Affiliate Professors: Ronald E. Rompalla, Martin Stokes
Associate Professors: Patricia D. Bedker, Elizabeth P. Boulton, Paul C. Tsang
Affiliate Associate Professor: Arthur F. Stucchi
Assistant Professors: Janet C. Briggs, Peter S. Erickson, David H. Townson
Affiliate Assistant Professors: Larry Bush, Donald Collins, Paul F. Cotter, Wendell Davis, Glenn T. Shwaery, Richard F. Taylor
Senior Veterinary Pathologist: Roger E. Wells

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCHM)


Chairperson: Anita S. Klein
Professors: Rick H. Cote, Clyde L. Denis, Thomas M. Laue, Samuel C. Smith, Stacia A. Sower, William R. Trumble
Research Professor: Vernon N. Reinhold
Associate Professors: John J. Collins, Anita S. Klein, Andrew P. Laudano, G. Eric Schaller, William K. Thomas
Research Associate Professor: William A. Gilbert
Assistant Professors: Lisa B. Clark, Charles E. Warren
Research Assistant Professor: Thomas P. Moody

Biology (BIOL)


Coordinator: Subhash C. Minocha

Community Development (CD)


Chairperson: Alberto B. Manalo
Professors: John M. Halstead, Bruce E. Lindsay
Associate Professors: Alberto B. Manalo, Douglas E. Morris, Robert A. Robertson
Assistant Professor: Kelly L. Giraud
Instructor: Mary Adamo Robertson

Environmental and Resource Economics (EREC)


Department of Resource Economics and Development
Chairperson: Alberto B. Manalo
Professors: Lyndon E. Goodridge, John M. Halstead, Bruce E. Lindsay
Associate Professors: Alberto B. Manalo, Douglas E. Morris
Assistant Professor: Kelly L. Giraud
Instructor: Mary Adamo Robertson
Extension Educator: Michael R. Sciabarra

Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)


Affiliate Professor: Jocelyn F. Caple, M.D., Norman B. Levy, M.D.
Assistant Professors: Christine L. Bean, Sylvia Countway, Deena Small, Joyce Stone
Affiliate Assistant Professors: Lisa Baillargeon, Deborah Brough, Anne Burbank, Jill Polito, Rose Schwab, Susan Slack, M. Helyn Thomas, Kathleen Uptons

Microbiology (MICR)


Chairperson: Louis S. Tisa
Professors: Richard P. Blakemore, Aaron B. Margolin, Thomas G. Pistole, Frank G. Rodgers, Robert M. Zsigray

Natural Resources (NR)


See also course listings under Environmental Conservation, Forestry, Soil Science, Water Resource Management, and Wildlife Management.)

Chairperson: William H. McDowell
Professors: John D. Aber, John E. Carroll, Russell G. Congalton, Robert T. Eckert, Theodore E. Howard, John A. Litvaitis, William W. Mautz, William H. McDowell, Peter J. Pekins, Barrett N. Rock, Andrew A. Rosenberg
Research Professors: Patrick M. Crill, Changsheng Li, Frederick T. Short
Affiliate Professors: William B. Bowden, Christopher Eagar, C. Anthony Federer, Peter W. Garrett, Jeffrey H. Gove, James W. Hornbeck, William B. Leak, Lawrence Safford, Paul Edwin Sendak, Tim D. Smith
Associate Professors: Kimberly J. Babbitt, Mimi Larsen Becker, Paul C. Johnson, Thomas D. Lee, Jonathan R. Pennock, Richard R. Weyrick
Affiliate Associate Professors: William B. Bowden, Brian T. Coffey, Linda S. Heath, David Y. Hollinger, Peter A. Maddison, Rakesh Minocha, Lawrence J. Prelli
Assistant Professors: Carl H. Bolster, Mark J. Ducey, Serita D. Frey, George C. Hurtt
Research Assistant Professors: Jacqueline Aitkenhead-Peterson, Andrew B. Cooper, Mary E. Martin
Affiliate Assistant Professors: Ria Brejaart, Willard N. Brownell, Jill L. Bubier, Richard Hallett, Roger J. MacGibbon, Marie-Louise Smith, Mariko Yamasaki
Research Associate Professors: David M. Burdick, Stephen H. Jones
Adjunct Faculty: Bert Cohen, Richard J. de Seve, Sidney A.L. Pilgrim

Nutritional Sciences (NUTR)


Professors: Gail B. Carey, Samuel C. Smith, Anthony R. Tagliaferro
Associate Professors: Dennis J. Bobilya, Gale B. Carey, Joanne Curran-Celentano, Colette H. Janson-Sand
Adjunct Professor: Mark Windt
Teacher/Trainers: Carolyn Giles
Clinical Faculty: Ruth A. Reilly
Extension Educators: Valerie A. Long, Catherine A. Violette
Lecturer/Contract Faculty: Jesse Stabile Morrell
Associate Professor: Louis S. Tisa
Assistant Professor: Elise R. Sullivan

Plant Biology (PBIO)


Chairperson: Garrett E. Crow
Professors: Robert O. Blanchard, Garrett E. Crow, Thomas M. Davis, Curtis V. Givan, J. Brent Loy, Arthur C. Mathieson, Subhash C. Minocha
Affiliate Professors: Clinton J. Dawes, Walter C. Shortle
Associate Professors: Alan L. Baker, Wayne R. Fagerberg, Paul R. Fisher, Estelle M. Hrabak, Leland S. Jahnke, Anita S. Klein, Christopher D. Neefus, James E. Pollard, John M. Roberts
Affiliate Associate Professors: Rakesh Minocha, Kevin T. Smith, Janet R. Sullivan
Assistant Professors: Dean A. Kopsell, Stefan Seiter
Research Assistant Professors: Rosanna Freyre, Dennis E. Mathews
Affiliate Assistant Professor: Jianhua Li
Extension Professors: Alan T. Eaton, William G. Lord, Catherine A. Neal, Cheryl A. Smith, Stanley R. Swier

Tourism Planning and Development (TOUR)


Chairperson: Alberto B. Manalo
Coordinator: Robert A. Robertson
Professors: John M. Halstead, Bruce E. Lindsay
Associate Professors: Alberto B. Manalo, Robert A. Robertson
Assistant Professor:
Kelly L. Giraud
Instructor: Mary Adamo Robertson
Extension Educator: Michael R. Sciabarrasi

Zoology (ZOOL)


Chairperson: James F. Haney
Professors: Ann C. Bucklin, John F. Burger, Donald S. Chandler, James F. Haney, Larry G. Harris, W. Huntting Howell, Thomas D. Kocher, Michelle P. Scott, James T. Taylor, Charles W. Walker, Winsor H. Watson III
Research Professor: Michael Lesser
Affiliate Professors: Arthur C. Borror, Miyoshi Ikawa, John J. Sasner, Edward K. Tillinghast
Associate Professors: Jessica A. Bolker, Marianne Klauser Litvaitis
Research Associate Professor: Raymond E. Grizzle
Assistant Professors: David L. Berlinsky, James E. Byers
Research Assistant Professor: Karen L. Carleton
Affiliate Assistant Professors: David T. Bernstein, Michele Dionne, Leslie J. Newman, Barry J. Wicklow
Instructor: Mary Katherine Lockwood
Adjunct Faculty: Richard Langan, Dwight D. Trueblood


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