Explore the science of life from minute strands of DNA to complex ecosystems that stretch for miles and miles.
The Department of Biological Sciences offers opportunities for research and study using the latest technology and equipment, in the lab or in the field. In far-away tropical rain forests and deserts, New Hampshire’s own lakes, forests, and seacoast, and in our state-of-the-art laboratories PSU students work hands-on with faculty members to answer some of life’s toughest and most interesting questions.
As a biology major you’ll experience:
- Degree programs in cell and molecular biology or environmental biology
- Minors in neuroscience, anthropology, computing, criminal justice, and sustainability
- Courses in zoology, anatomy and physiology, conservation, ecology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, neurobiology just to name a few
- Opportunities for local, national, and international field studies
- A talented and diverse faculty
- State-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities, including an electron microscopy suite, 1,400-liter marine aquaria, fully equipped human physiology lab, BSL-2 Microbiology and Genetics labs, museum and specimen room, and rooftop greenhouse
- Partnerships with the Center for the Environment, an innovative regional research center focused on environmental science and conservation.
Bachelor of Science
The BS in Biology is a broad-based degree that prepares students for graduate or professional schools including medical, dental, and veterinary schools, and emphasizes cellular, physiological, and organismal biology. It should be noted that some professional/graduate schools require a full year of physics and thus students should work closely with their academic advisor to plan their coursework.
Bachelor of Arts
The BA program in Biology is a broad overview of the principles of biology and the functions of biological systems with supportive courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. It can be used to fulfill the goals of students just interested in biology or those who plan to go on to professional programs or graduate degrees in the biological sciences. For the latter case, it should be noted that some professional/graduate schools require a full year each of organic chemistry, physics, and calculus; this program is less restrictive. Thus students should work closely with their academic advisor to plan their coursework.
Getting a minor in biology is a wonderful way to expand your understanding of the wider world and find ways to apply your knowledge base to your major field of study.
Biology Majors can take up to 1-2 Minors, including those below.
While a biology major is based in the interdisciplinary studies of biology, chemistry, physics, and math there are also opportunities to extend your interest to some of the other 40+ minors that are offered at Plymouth State, including those below. It’s a great time to be a biology major at PSU!
- Adventure Education
- Criminal Justice (especially for those interested in becoming a Fish and Game officer)
- Global Health
- Neuroscience (especially for those who are considering Medical School)
- Women’s Studies