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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture


Zoology (ZOOL)


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Professor: John F. Burger, Donald S. Chandler, James F. Haney, Larry G. Harris, W. Huntting Howell, Marianne Klauser Litvaitis, Michelle P. Scott, James T. Taylor, Charles W. Walker, Winsor H. Watson III
Research Professor: Raymond E. Grizzle, Michael P. Lesser
Affiliate Professor: Ann C. Bucklin
Associate Professor: David L. Berlinsky, Jessica A. Bolker, James E. Byers
Research Associate Professor: Maryellen M. Lutcavage
Affiliate Associate Professor: Pingguo He, Richard Langan
Affiliate Assistant Professor: Michele Dionne, Dwight D. Trueblood, Barry J. Wicklow
Clinical Associate Professor: Mary Katherine Lockwood

The Department of Zoology has a primary responsibility for undergraduate and graduate instruction in fundamental aspects of animal biology, including the principles of form, function, development, and diversity produced by animal evolution. The teaching program provides a broad coverage of basic biological processes in invertebrate and vertebrate animals at the cellular, organismic, population, and community levels. Students receive background for a variety of professional positions in the public and private sector, and for graduate programs in the biological sciences including health-related fields. The department offers the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees. Zoology faculty contribute significantly to the biology core curriculum, marine biology minor, animal behavior minor, genetics program, University honors program, ocean projects, and undergraduate research opportunity programs, and courses at the Shoals Marine Laboratory.

There is a strong teaching and research emphasis on ecological and physiological processes in aquatic animals or ecosystems. This focus is enhanced by the geographical location of the University and the availability of facilities for aquatic research. The University’s location and facilities provide unique opportunities for the study of aquatic and terrestrial animals due to its access to the Seacoast and the lakes region of New Hampshire, the White Mountain National Forest, and the presence of two coastal marine laboratories, as well as estuarine and freshwater laboratories.

The zoology major builds from the common background of the biology core curriculum, with 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. Zoology majors must complete 32 credits from courses in the biological sciences approved by the department with a 2.00 average. Students must receive a minimum grade of C- in major requirements taught in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (e.g., zoology, microbiology, biology, biochemistry). A passing grade in major requirements taught outside the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (e.g., chemistry, mathematics, physics) is acceptable. Minimum requirements for the B.S. in zoology are as follows: completion of the biology core courses and required courses in animal morphology, physiology and development, plus advanced electives in zoology and other biological sciences. The B.A. in zoology has a foreign language requirement in lieu of one advanced elective. B.A. students also have somewhat more flexibility when choosing courses from the biology core.

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 the state of Massachusetts receive some preferential admission consideration and, if admitted, pay the UNH in-state tuition rate plus 75 percent. Students who are interested in a zoology major should consult the department’s undergraduate adviser or chair.

General Science Certification

See Department of Education and COLSA/Degrees.

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