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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Zoology (ZOOL)


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Note:  Effective Spring 2016 admission to the Master of Science and PhD degrees in Zoology has been suspended.

Admission Requirements

Applicants ordinarily must have completed an undergraduate major in biology or zoology. A basic array of courses including general biology, development, general ecology, genetics, morphology, and physiology is normally required. Additionally, organic chemistry and a semester each of calculus and physics are necessary. Applicants who are deficient in any of these requirements may be admitted to graduate status but may be required to remedy their deficiencies by taking courses that do not give graduate credit. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Degree Requirements


M.S. Degree Requirements

Students plan a program of study (minimum of 30 credits) in conjunction with a faculty advisory committee. Students complete a thesis of 6 to 10 credits that is acceptable to the thesis-examining committee. Prior to the receipt of the master's degree, all candidates must pass a thesis defense, which will include questions covering general knowledge in zoology in addition to specific questions relevant to the student's research at UNH.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students plan a program of study in conjunction with a faculty guidance committee. The student will present to the committee a research proposal in which the soundness, originality, and feasibility of the investigative ideas are clearly revealed, and which, when approved, will serve as the basis of the doctoral dissertation. After the approval of the proposal, students who wish to be admitted to doctoral candidacy must demonstrate, in a qualifying examination, a broad basic knowledge of their major and minor fields and their ability to carry out basic research in zoology. All doctoral candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. All students must complete an original dissertation project, present the results at a public seminar, and pass an oral defense consisting of questions put forth by members of the dissertation committee.

Teaching Experience

All graduate students are encouraged to obtain appropriate teaching experience, preferably as a teaching assistant.

Research and Facilities

The zoology graduate program is enhanced by courses and research in other biological science departments and institutes at the University. These include the School for Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and its associated programs:  N.H. Sea Grant Program; Center for Collaborative Science; the Center of Excellence in Coastal Ocean Observation and Analysis (COOA); the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS); UNH Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM); the Joint Hydrographic Center; and the Ocean Processes Analysis Laboratory (OPAL). There are five marine laboratories: Jackson Estuarine Lab, Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex, Anadromous Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Research Lab (AFAIR), the Aquaculture Research Center (ARC), and Shoals Marine Lab (SML).

In addition, the Center for Freshwater Biology (CFB) jointly administers (with the UNH Cooperative Extension) the Lakes Lay Monitoring Program, which is dedicated to the preservation and sound management of lakes through citizen-based monitoring and research. The Hubbard Center for Genomic Studies provides training and research in comparative and environmental genomics, with a special emphasis on novel model species. It provides expertise in constructing DNA libraries, DNA sequencing, fragment analysis, and the analysis of gene expression.