College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture provides students with specific instruction in major fields related to understanding biological processes, agricultural sciences, and the management of natural resources. Students may also combine a major with the dual major in international affairs.

Choosing First-Semester Courses

The specific requirements of the first semester COLSA programs are listed below. Note that in most cases there are one or two general education requirements (gen eds) to be chosen. Since the availability of English 401 is limited to half the first-year class first semester, make sure you have chosen alternative gen eds. You should give serious consideration to selection of gen eds before you attend Orientation.

It is expected that you will review the current Undergraduate Catalog, the Discovery Program (core university curriculum) and writing requirements at and then chose four courses in which you are interested. Review course descriptions for those you are considering. Your final choice of Discovery courses will be made after consultation with your academic adviser at Orientation.

A normal course load is 16 credits, usually consisting of four 4-credit courses. First-year students usually take courses numbered in the 400s and 500s.

For those taking, French or Spanish fall semester, you need to take the French and Spanish Placement prior to your orientation session.

IMPORTANT COLSA MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT TEST INFORMATION


First-year students arrive at UNH with a wide range of mathematics preparation. It is important that you begin your UNH experience in the mathematics course that is right for you. For that reason, EVERY INCOMING COLSA STUDENT MUST TAKE AN ONLINE MATHEMATICS EVALUATION before coming to orientation in June. To take the online evaluation,  first review 14 COLSA Online Math Placement Test How To

Then, beginning May 10, 2014 take the placment at place21.placementtester.com:8080/unh/login/login.do. You have until May 26, 2014 to take the online evaluation.

Based on the results of that evaluation, you will either (1) be placed in MATH 418, Analysis and Applications of Functions, for the fall semester, or (2) tentatively qualify to take MATH 424B, Calculus for Life Sciences, in the spring semester. A MATH 424B placement is contingent on your performance on a proctored Mathematics Placement test to be taken at orientation and/or at the beginning of the fall semester.

 

FIRST-SEMESTER COURSES BY MAJORS

Animal Science
BIOL 411
CHEM 403
ANSC 421
ENGL 401 Discovery Course

Animal Science: Dairy Management
AAS 425
BIOL 411 or BIOL 412
CHEM 403
EREC 411 or Discovery course

Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology
BMCB 401
BIOL 411
CHEM 403
Discovery Course or MATH 418
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Biology
BIOL 400
BIOL 412
CHEM 403
Discovery Course or MATH 418
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Biomedical Science:
Medical Laboratory Science option
BMS 401
BMS 507
CHEM 403
Discovery Course (excluding ETS)
Discovery Course or ENGL 401 (excluding ETS)

Biomedical Science:
Medical Microbiology option
BMS 401
BIOL 411
CHEM 403
Discovery Course or MATH 418
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Biomedical Science:
Medical and Veterinary Sciences option
BMS 401
BIOL 411
CHEM 403
Discovery Course or MATH 418
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Community and Environmental Planning
CEP 415
EREC 411
NR 435
ENGL 401 or Discovery elective in FPA or HUM

Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
NR 400
NR 401
NR 425 or NR 433
ZOOL 412 or BIOL 412
EREC 411, ENGL 401 or Discovery Course

 

 

Environmental and Resource Economics
EREC 411
NR 433
Discovery Course
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Environmental Sciences:
Ecosystems option
NR 400
NR 403
MATH 418 or MATH 425
CHEM 403
Discovery Course or ENE 520 or ENGL 401

Nutrition:
Nutritional Sciences option
NUTR 401
NUTR 400
BIOL 411
CHEM 403
Discovery Course, MATH 418 or ENGL 401

Nutrition:
Dietetics option
NUTR 401
NUTR 400
BMS 507
SOC 400 or PSYC 401
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Nutrition:
Nutrition and Wellness option
NUTR 401
NUTR 400
BMS 507
SOC 400 or PSYC 401
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Environmental Sciences:
Soil and Watershed Management option
NR 400
NR 403
MATH 418 or MATH 425
CHEM 403
Discovery Course or ENE 520 or ENGL 401

Equine Studies
ANSC 411
ANSC 402, ENGL 401 or Discovery Course
BIOL 412
EREC 411
AAS 437


 

Forestry
NR 400
NR 401
NR 425
NR 433
Discovery Course or EREC 411 or ENGL 401

Genetics
GEN 401
BIOL 411
CHEM 403
Discovery Course or MATH 418
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology
MEFB 401
BIOL 412
CHEM 403
Discovery Course
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Neuroscience & Behavior
NSB 400
BIOL 411
CHEM 403
Discovery Course
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
PBIO 405
CHEM 403
PBIO 421 or ANSC 401
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Tourism Planning and Development
TOUR 400
EREC 411
Discovery Course
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Wildlife and Conservation Biology
NR 400
NR 401
NR 425
NR 433
BIOL 411

Zoology
ZOOL 400
BIOL 412
CHEM 403
Discovery Course or MATH 418
Discovery Course or ENGL 401

Undeclared
LSA 400
BIOL 412
CHEM 403
Discovery Course or MATH 418
A course in a potential major
or Discovery Course

* Premedical and predental students may major in any department but should include at least one of the following courses, if possible: CHEM 403 and BIOL 411. They should also consult with the Premedical/Prehealth Care Professional Advising Office (Hood House, Rm. 102) early in the first semester. No course prerequisite to medical or dental school should be taken pass/fail.