College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)

Choosing First-Semester Courses

  • A sample selection of courses is listed below for each major
  • In most majors, there is an opportunity for choosing one or more courses that satisfy the University’s general education requirement, called the Discovery Program.
  • A semester course load usually consists of four 4-credit courses and possibly a 1 credit seminar.
  • If you plan to take French or Spanish, take the French/Spanish Placement Test before June orientation.
  • First-year students usually take courses numbered in the 400s and 500s.
  • Students interested in health professions (pre-medical, pre-dental, etc.) career should review the suggested courses by health profession. UNH has no premed major. The pre-health advisor will be available at the Orientation Resource Fair. The Pre-Health Advising Office provides support throughout the process of preparing for health profession school from advising on the courses that should be taken to helping navigate through the complex steps of the application process.

Recommended First-Semester Courses by Major

Select a major below to learn specific major information for First Year June Orientation. Your advisor will help you with course selection during Orientation.

  1. BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  2. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  3. ANSC 421 Introduction to Animal Science
  4. Discovery course (not SS, not WC, not FPA), or ENGL 401 First Year Writing, or EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
  1. AAS 425 Introduction to Dairy Herd Management
  2. BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
  1. BMCB 401 Opportunities in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course
  5. Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. BIOL 400 Professional Perspectives on Biology (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course
  5. Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. BMS 401 Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences (1 cr)
  2. BMS 507 Anatomy and Physiology OR BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course (not ETS)
  5. Discovery course (not ETS) or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. BMS 401 Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course
  5. Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. BMS 401 Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course
  5. Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. CEP 415 Community Development Perspectives
  2. EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
  3. NR 435 Contemporary Conservation Issues
  4. Discovery course (FPA or HUMA) or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. NR 435 Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
  2. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
  3. EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
  4. Discovery Course (FPA, HP or HUMA) or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
  2. NR 433 Wildlife Ecology
  3. Discovery course (not SS) (NR 435 Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness is strongly encouraged to fulfill ETS Discovery)
  4. Discovery course (not SS) or ENGL 401 First Year Writing

Ecosystems and Soil and Watershed Management

  1. NR 400 Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources (1 cr)
  2. NR 403 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (4 cr)
  3. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
  4. NR 435 Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness
  5. Discovery Course

Equine Studies: Equine Science

  1. ANSC 411 Introduction to Equine Science (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. AAS 437 Equine Handling and Care Techniques
  5. ANSC 402 Horsemanship or Discovery course (not FPA or SS) or ENGL 401 First Year Writing

Equine Studies: Industry and Management and Equine Studies: Therapeutic Riding

  1. ANSC 411 Introduction to Equine Science (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
  3. AAS 437 Equine Handling and Care Techniques
  4. ANSC 402 Horsemanship or Discovery course (not FPA or SS)
  5. Discovery course (not SS) or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. NR 415 Natural Resources Field Methods (2 cr)
  2. NR 425 Field Dendrology
  3. NR 433 Wildlife Ecology
  4. Discovery Course
  5. EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives or Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. GEN 401 Professional Perspectives in Genetics (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course
  5. Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. MEFB 401 - Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology Freshmen Seminar (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 412 - Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
  3. CHEM 403 - General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course
  5. Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing
  1. NSB 400 Topics in Neuroscience and Behavior (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course
  5. Discovery course (not SS) or ENGL 401 First Year Writing

Nutrition: Dietetics or Nutrition: Nutrition & Wellness

  1. NUTR 401 Professional Perspectives on Nutrition (1 cr)
  2. NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being
  3. BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  4. SOC 400 Introductory Sociology or PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology
  5. Discovery course (not SS) or ENGL 401 First Year Writing

Nutrition: Nutritional Sciences

  1. NUTR 401 Professional Perspectives on Nutrition (1 cr)
  2. NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being
  3. BIOL 411 Introductory Biology:  Molecular and Cellular
  4. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  5. SOC 400 Introductory Sociology or PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology

B.A.
1. ANSC 421 Introduction to Animal Science
2. SAFS 421 Introductory Horticulture
3. EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
4. Discovery Course or ENGL 401 First-Year Writing

B.S.
1. ANSC 421 Introduction to Animal Science
2. SAFS 421 Introductory Horticulture
3. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
4. Discovery Course or ENGL 401 First-Year Writing

  1. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
  2. NR 433 Wildlife Ecology
  3. NR 425 Field Dendrology
  4. Discovery course (not SS) or EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives or ENGL 401 First Year Writing

Bachelor of Arts 

  1. ZOOL 400 Professional Perspectives in Zoology (1 cr)           
  2. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
  3. CHEM 411 Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences
  4. Discovery course
  5. Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing

Bachelor of Science

  1. ZOOL 400 Professional Perspectives in Zoology (1 cr)           
  2. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course
  5. Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing 
  1. LSA 400 Freshmen Seminar (1 cr)
  2. BIOL 412 Introductory Biology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
  3. CHEM 403 General Chemistry I
  4. Discovery course
  5. Course toward major exploration or Discovery course or ENGL 401 First Year Writing

Language Placement Test (French/Spanish)

  • If you plan to take French or Spanish in the fall