Explore the living world through hands-on experience in the lab and in the field
About This Program
Discover the inner workings of living organisms from molecules to ecosystems in our Biological Sciences program. As the largest and most popular major at UNH Manchester, the Biological Sciences program is designed to give you the degree you want — through self-designed concentrations, independent study, research projects, internships and more.
Diverse areas of study, faculty experts and hands-on laboratory experience prepare you for success in graduate or professional studies, and industries from healthcare to agriculture to education.
Labs & Studios
Because of the popularity and size of our Biological Sciences program, we’ve more than doubled our laboratory space. You’ll get hands-on experience in our seven state-of-the-art laboratories: general biology, advanced biology, microbiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and cell culture, as well as a microbiology research lab.
Labs are stocked with the latest, cutting-edge equipment and are taught by residential faculty or experienced instructors, all of whom specialize in their discipline.
Meet Our Faculty
Lecturer of Chemistry
Science & Technology Division
Pandora Mill Building
Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Biological Sciences majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:
- Concord Hospital
- Elliot Hospital
- Manchester Water Works
- New Hampshire Audubon Society
- Normandeau Associates
The Senior Capstone puts your classroom learning into action by combining your senior seminar with an internship, independent study or research project.
Under the direction of a faculty mentor, you’ll have the option to explore your scientific curiosity through advanced research, individual study or a field-based experience at an outside agency.
UNH Manchester has a unique articulation agreement with MCPHS University that allows you to earn your B.A. in Biological Sciences from UNH Manchester plus a Master of Physician Assistant Studies or Doctor of Pharmacy degree from MCPHS’s Manchester campus.
Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
While pursuing your bachelor’s at UNH Manchester, you’ll work closely you’re your advisor to make sure you complete prerequisites for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at MCPHS University. Each academic year, the most competitive students (top six) are given preferential consideration for admission to the M.P.A.S. program. Upon completing your UNH degree requirements, you’ll transfer to MCPHS’s Manchester campus to complete the 24-month M.P.A.S. degree.
Already earned a bachelor’s degree at UNH or another college? You can still complete MCPHS’s M.P.A.S. program prerequisites at UNH Manchester. Transfer students are not eligible for the collaborative program, but may apply through MCPHS’s regular admission process.
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
To get your Doctor of Pharmacy degree, you’ll complete three years of study in UNH Manchester’s pre-pharmacy track then transfer to MCPHS’s Manchester campus to fulfill your remaining bachelor’s requirements and complete the accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Each academic year, the most competitive (top six) Biological Sciences students are given preferential consideration for admission to the accelerated professional phase of MCPHS’s Pharm.D. program. As part of this articulation agreement, all prerequisite courses must be taken at UNH’s campuses in either Manchester or Durham.
Scholars in Science and Technology Program
UNH Manchester's Scholars in Science and Technology (SST) program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.
The STEM scholarship is a renewable scholarship, with the amount of the award varying based on the student's academic grade level and number of years in the program. Qualified students must:
- Be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Computer Information Systems or Engineering Technology, or be admitted to a UNH Manchester associate degree program and demonstrate interest in STEM discipline.
- Be a full-time freshman, sophomore or junior with minimum of 12 credits each semester
- Maintain a minimum semester GPA average of 2.75 and earn at least a C in every course
- Submit FAFSA and demonstrate financial need
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- Freshmen, up to $3,000
- Sophomore, up to $4,000
- Junior, up to $5,000
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Our Biological Sciences program prepares you for graduate or professional studies, or for a career in the laboratory, conference room, lecture hall, surgical suite or more – the choice is yours.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in biological sciences professions between 2012 and 2022, translating to vast possibilities for your future.
Job Title Job Growth Average Salary Biochemist 19% $84,480 Biological Science Teacher, Postsecondary 19% $74,180 Dentist 16% $149,310 Environmental Scientist 15% $63,570 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist 22% $47,820 Medical Scientist 13% $76,980 Occupational Therapist 29% $75,400 Pharmacist 14% $116,670 Physician or Surgeon 18% $187,200 Veterinarian 12% $84,460
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BIOL 413 - Principles of Biology I
BIOL 414 - Principles of Biology II
BIOL 520 - Our Changing Planet
BIOL 541 - General Ecology
BIOL 604 - Principles of Genetics
BMS 503 - General Microbiology
BMS 507 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
BMS 508 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
BMS 601 - Bacteriology of Food
BMS 602 - Pathogenic Microbiology
BMS 702 - (M1) Endocrinology
BSCI 405 - The Diversity of Life
BSCI 406 - The Human Organism
BSCI 421 - Diseases of the 21st Century
BSCI 422 - Biotechnology and Society
BSCI 431 - It's a Small World: Microbes, the True Masters of our Planet
BSCI 501 - Ethical Issues in Biology
BSCI 599 - Special Topics in Biology
BSCI 670 - Clinical Pathophysiology
BSCI 680 - Pharmacology
BSCI 701 - Senior Seminar
BSCI 702 - Senior Seminar
BSCI 735 - Cell Biology
BSCI 737 - Microbial Genomics
BSCI 740 - Aquatic Microbiology
BSCI 765 - Nucleic Acid Techniques
BSCI 792 - Research
BSCI 793 - Internship
BSCI 795 - Independent Study