Ecological Genomics (Graduate Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Ecological Genomics at the University of New Hampshire is an interdisciplinary program to provide graduate level training that spans molecular to ecological scales. Students will be trained to study genome evolution in an ecological context using a systems-based approach, whereby genomic evolution is considered within an integrated system resulting from mechanisms operating across molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological scales. Students within the program have the opportunity to build their five course certificate from a variety of course options from four broad disciplinary areas and one required seminar course. The flexibility of the program enables students with interdisciplinary interests to complement their current degrees in the life sciences broadly, and it is ideal for students with career interests in both the applied or basic sciences. This unique program also has an inter-institutional option, which affords the possibility for interested students to fulfill one or more of the requirements through offerings at the University of Maine.

Admission Requirement: Students should be enrolled in any graduate degree program in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Otherwise, students must hold a life-science related baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (or its equivalent) and achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 80, for those without a degree from an English-speaking institution. Courses taken at other institutions are not eligible to be transferred into the program.


This program of study requires five courses and a total of at least 13 credits: one course selected from offerings in each of four disciplinary areas and a fifth required seminar course. All courses can be completed at the University of New Hampshire, as outlined below. Through a cooperative agreement between the Universities of New Hampshire and Maine, some courses at University of Maine may fulfill one or more of the requirements for this program. In these cases, the University of New Hampshire student will enroll in an appropriate University of New Hampshire special topics course (e.g. NR 995 Investigations) and the content will be delivered remotely via a University of Maine course. Only select courses may be offered in this cross-institutional format. Contact the coordinator of the certificate program to get an up-to-date list of approved University of Maine courses.

Course Offerings and Requirements:

Genetics and Genomics
Select one of the following:
GEN 805Population Genetics3
GEN 815Molecular Evolution4
GEN 821Comparative Genomics4
GEN 872Evolutionary Genetics of Plants4
NR #908Landscape Genetics3
Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Physiology
Select one of the following:
BCHM 802Endocrinology4
BCHM #850Physical Biochemistry3
BCHM 851
BCHM 852
Principles of Biochemistry I
and Principles of Biochemistry II
BCHM 863Biochemistry of Cancer4
BCHM 894Protein Structure and Function4
BIOL #801Plant Physiology4
BIOL #805Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology4
GEN 817Molecular Microbiology5
ZOOL #877Neuroethology: The Neural Basis of Animal Behavior4
Ecology and Evolution
Select one of the following:
BIOL 804Plant-Microbe Interactions3
BIOL 820Plant-Animal Interactions4
GEN 813Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
NR #834Tropical Ecology4
NR 965Community Ecology4
ZOOL #833Behavioral Ecology4
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Select one of the following:
GEN 811Genomics and Bioinformatics0 or 4
GEN 812Programming for Bioinformatics5
MCBS 913Applied Bioinformatics3