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Undergraduate Biology Students Conduct Research Through NIH and NSF Grants



The Biology Department at Keene State offers students a comprehensive and practical understanding of life and living organisms, and the vital roles those organisms play in our world.

Our faculty is constantly developing creative ways to present meaningful scientific concepts through experiment, research, and hands-on experience. Faculty areas of expertise include marine evolutionary ecology, behavioral ecology, marine biology, microbiology of contaminated sites, cellular and molecular mechanisms of regeneration of damaged body parts, veterinary medicine, reproductive physiology, the evolutionary history of plants, animal physiology, and human physiology.

The Putnam Science Center, at the heart of campus, boasts the latest in equipment and technology, including 16 teaching labs, 11 research project labs, and six special-purpose/instrument labs. It has enough high-tech gear to make an Ivy League school weep real tears (or send their students here, which happens). You’ll have access to:

  • two DNA sequencers (equipment many large research universities don’t own)
  • a stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer (it can tell whether your maple syrup is from Vermont or New Hampshire, or test your fingernail clippings to see how high on the food chain you’ve been eating)
  • a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, with its super-cooled magnet (liquid helium kept cold by liquid nitrogen)
  • an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer

If you’re interested in the life sciences, we’ll encourage you to explore the natural world and uncover the insights and skills you need to interpret your discoveries through your scientific understanding.

Program Options

Keene State offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a biology minor

The Bachelor of Science program in biology is designed to stimulate intellectual and personal growth through an examination of the fundamental properties of living systems, the application of experimental and descriptive methods of discovery, and the consideration of the social, ethical, and aesthetic aspects of biological knowledge. The B.S. program also provides undergraduate preparation for technical employment or post-baccalaureate study in graduate school or for professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, teaching, and natural resource management. If you’re considering graduate or professional school, confer with a Biology advisor to plan a program to meet your specific needs.

The Bachelor of Arts in biology provides an introduction to the discipline and an opportunity to integrate the study of biology with another field. In contrast to the B.S. program, the B.A. requires fewer credits in both biology and related sciences, permitting a student to complete a second major or additional courses in another discipline such as chemistry, psychology, elementary education, journalism, art, management, or computer science; thus, it satisfies the needs of students with a combination of interests.

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Career Opportunities

The biology program at Keene State will give you the training you need to pursue your goals, whether you simply have a keen interest in biology that you’d like to apply in another field, or if you have a more dedicated interest that you’d like to take on to:

  • graduate school
  • technical employment
  • medicine
  • dentistry
  • veterinary medicine
  • optometry
  • teaching
  • forestry
  • wildlife management


Today’s biologists must have a thorough understanding of the forces affecting the natural world, and of the science and approaches they can apply to develop effective solutions to current challenges. Our biology students learn to think critically, work collaboratively, and assess and solve problems effectively.

The opportunity to work in multiple research labs, explore different fields in biology, and attend a summer internship at Johns Hopkins Medical School prepared and motivated me for a career in biomedical research.
Anna McLean ’11

Rachel Graves
September 25, 2018 –

Keene State College partners with businesses to create internship and employment opportunities for students. Now, the College is part of an exciting new grant that will lead to further opportunities...

Christine McInnis
August 9, 2018 –

Christine McInnis ’10 has a couple of related passions: science and supporting other women in science. In recent months, she’s made connections for two young alumna that landed them jobs...

Haley Zanga ’18
June 25, 2018 –

After studying regenerative properties in planarian worms with Biology professor Dr. Jason Pellettieri, Keene State biology graduate, Haley Zanga ’18, is moving on to work in a lab run by...

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Keene, New Hampshire 03435