• About This Program

    Biology is the study of living organisms in both laboratory and field conditions. Students explore the living world and build their understanding of its complex interrelationships and the role of human beings within it.

    The Associate of Science in biological sciences can be either as a terminal degree or a springboard for students interested in the life sciences with majors in biology, microbiology, zoology, plant biology, wildlife management, environmental conservation, biochemistry and animal sciences.

    Graduates begin careers in the public and private sectors in fields such as education, food, water, wastewater and other industrial laboratories, clinical laboratories, biotechnology, environmental research and monitoring and animal behavior.

    For more information contact Stephen Pugh, Program Coordinator, at 603-641-4128 or spugh@unh.edu; or contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Program of Study

    Students must complete a minimum of 64 credits to graduate. There are two tracks in the A.S. degree program at UNH Manchester: biology and microbiology.

  • Areas of Study

    Biology Track Requirements

    Math 425, Calculus I, or MATH 424b, Calculus for Life Sciences
    PSYC 402, Statistics in Psychology (other statistics courses such as BIOL 528 or BUS 430 may be used to satisfy this requirement).
    BIOL 413, Principles of Biology I
    BIOL 414, Principles of Biology II
    CHEM 403, General Chemistry I
    CHEM 404, General Chemistry II
    BMS 503, General Microbiology
    CHEM 545/546, Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
    BMCB 658/659, General Biochemistry and General Biochemistry Laboratory
    BIOL 541, General Ecology
    GEN 604, Principles of Genetics

    Microbiology Track Requirements

    Students opting for the microbiology track must take all courses listed in the biological sciences program with the exception of BIOL 541 General Ecology. Two additional courses selected from BMS 504 Brewing and Industrial Microbiology, BMS 602 Pathogenic Microbiology, or BMS 603 Bacteriology of Food are required of students in the microbiology track.

    Note: Pre-medical and pre-dental students should enroll in CHEM 651-652 and 653-654 at Durham. These courses may substitute for CHEM 545/546 and BMCB 658-659. In addition they should also enroll in MATH 426.

  • Labs & Studios

    The study of general biology, microbiology, and chemistry comes alive in UNH Manchester's science labs. Concepts and theories discussed in class are reinforced with hands on experiences in the labs. Observation, sampling, experimentation, organization, and research provide new ways to understand the world. Students learn how to use the equipment and tools of scientific inquiry, including microscopes, spectrophotometers and equipment used for genetic analysis. In the labs students often find a passion for learning and discover new career opportunities.

    • UNH Manchester has four laboratories: microbiology, general biology, chemistry (organic and biochemistry), and a research laboratory.
    • UNH Manchester labs are taught by residential faculty or experienced instructors, not graduate assistants. Science faculty members specialize in teaching in their discipline. With low student-teacher ratios, students and teachers are partners in the learning process.
    • Each lab is limited to 16 students. This provides the optimal learning environment with hands-on experience and access to equipment.
    • Many labs have peer tutors and lab assistants who work with the faculty member to help students perform experiments or conduct research.
    • Students have a unique learning opportunity in small classes with faculty members who are both teachers, scholars, and mentors and inspire student discovery.
    • Many upper level students conduct research during their senior year, sometimes in collaboration with a faculty member. They present their findings at UNH's Undergraduate Research Conference held each spring.
    • Students work with and culture bacteria and other small forms of life in the microbiology lab. In the chemistry labs, students study the properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them.
    • UNH Manchester supports hands-on field research opportunities such as sampling and analysis of water from the area's lakes, ponds, and rivers, and live-trapping studies of small mammals.
  • Meet Our Faculty

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    Stephen Pugh

    Division Chair, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
    Biology Program
    Science & Technology Division
    Pandora Mill Building

    Sarah Prescott

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    Biology Program
    Science & Technology Division
    University Center

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    Patricia Halpin

    Assistant Professor Biological Science
    Biology Program
    Pandora Mill Building

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    Al Larson

    Adjunct Faculty
    Biology Program
    Science & Technology Division
    Pandora Mill Building

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    Keith Legro

    Laboratory Coordinator
    Biology Program
    Pandora Mill Building

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    Kyle MacLea

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    Biology Program
    Science & Technology Division
    Pandora Mill Building

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    Samantha Reynolds

    Lecturer of Chemistry
    Biology Program
    Science & Technology Division
    Pandora Mill Building

  • STEM Scholarship

    STEM Scholarship

    Scholars in Science and Technology Program

    The UNH Manchester Scholars in Science and TEchnology (SST) program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program and administered by the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.

    The STEM scholarship is a renewable scholarship. The amount of the award varies based on the student's academic grade level and number of years in the program. Scholarships are typically renewable (pending funding) provided the students meets the requirements of the program.

    • Student interested in pursuing bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Computer Information Systems, Engineering Technology, or be admitted in UNH Manchester associates program and demonstrate interest in STEM discipline.
    • Full-time Freshman, Sophomore and Junior students with minimum of 12 credits each semester
    • Maintain a minimum semester UNH GPA average of 2.75 and earn at least a C in every course
    • Must submit FAFSA and demonstrate financial need
    • Click here to apply and for more information

    Award Amounts:

    • Freshmen up to $3,000
    • Sophomore up to $4,000
    • Junior up to $5,000

    Visit our Financial Aid section for more information about the FAFSA, and look for more UNH Manchester Scholarships.

  • Course Descriptions

    Click on each course title to read the full description. For all courses offered at our campus, click here

      BIOL 413 - Principles of Biology I

      Lecture and laboratory introduction to biological principles; cell structure, function, replication, energetics and transport mechanisms; physiological processes; Mendelian, molecular genetics, and gene technology. Required for students majoring in the life sciences. Cannot be taken for credit after BIOL 411 or equivalent. Special fee. Lab. Discovery Lab Course.
      Credits: 4

      BIOL 414 - Principles of Biology II

      Lecture and laboratory survey of the five kingdoms of life; physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; evolution; human impact on the biosphere. Required for students majoring in the life sciences. Cannot be taken for credit after BIOL 412 or equivalent. Special fee. Lab.
      Credits: 4

      BIOL 520 - Our Changing Planet

      Ecosystem interrelatedness and factors critical to maintain sustainability will be addressed. Environmental issues such as water usage, pollution, and treatment; air and soil quality; fossil fuels and alternative energy sources will be presented. No credit if credit earned for ENE 520.
      Credits: 4

      BIOL 541 - General Ecology

      Physical and biological factors affecting distribution, abundance, and adaptations of organisms. Population, community, and ecosystem structure and function. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent. Special fee. Lab. Writing intensive
      Credits: 4

      BIOL 604 - Principles of Genetics

      Chemical structure of genetic material, Mendelism, gene recombination, and chromosome mapping. Mutation, gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA. Quantitative inheritance and population genetics. Prereq: BIOL 411 and 412; CHEM 403 and 404. College math or statistics suggested. Offered each semester.
      Credits: 4