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

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    Stephen Pugh

    Division Chair, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
    Biology Program
    Science & Technology Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4128
    Stephen.Pugh@unh.edu

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    Sarah Prescott

    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    Biology Program
    Science & Technology Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4334
    sarah.prescott@unh.edu

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    Patricia Halpin

    Assistant Professor Biological Science
    Biology Program
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4140
    Patricia.Halpin@unh.edu

    Al Larson

    Adjunct Faculty
    Biology Program
    Science & Technology Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    abliii@unh.edu

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    Keith Legro

    Laboratory Coordinator
    Biology Program
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4110
    Keith.Legro@unh.edu

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    Kyle MacLea

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
    Biology Program
    Science & Technology Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4129
    Kyle.MacLea@unh.edu

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    Samantha Reynolds

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

  • Experience

    Internships

    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

    Senior Capstone

    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.

  • Articulation Agreements

    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.

  • STEM Scholarship

    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

    Click here for more information and to apply.

    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.

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  • Your Career

    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
  • Student Stories

  • Course Descriptions

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      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

      BMS 503 - General Microbiology

      Principles of microbiology; morphology, physiology, genetics, culture, and classification of bacteria and other microorganisms; and their relationships to agriculture, environment, industry, sanitation, and infectious diseases. Prereq: BIOL 411-412 or equivalent; CHEM 403-404 or equivalent. Special fee. Lab.
      Credits: 4

      BMS 507 - Human Anatomy and Physiology

      Cellular and systematic aspects of the human body. Laboratory exercises utilize preserved specimens, dissectible models, living tissue and computer-aided instruction. No credit if credit earned for ANSC 511-512 or ZOOL 625. Not offered for credit to zoology majors. Lab. Special fee. Discovery Lab Course.

      BMS 508 - Human Anatomy and Physiology

      Cellular and systematic aspects of the human body. Laboratory exercises utilize preserved specimens, dissectible models, living tissue and computer-aided instruction. No credit if credit earned for ANSC 511-512 or ZOOL 625. Prereq: BMS 507. Not offered for credit to zoology majors. Lab. Special fee. Group 3B.

      BMS 601 - Bacteriology of Food

      Lectures and laboratories address modern technical concepts of microbiology, physiology, and biochemistry related to food sanitation. Theoretical and practical approach serves as an integrative experience. Food sanitation is a serious public health issue in the meat, dairy, fish, and water industries. Benefits students seeking employment in public health or sanitary microbiology fields. Topics include food as a substrate for microorganisms, causes of food spoilage, food borne disease outbreaks, public health complications, isolation and identification of food spoiling microorganisms, and essentials for food safety and sanitation. Prereq: BMS 503 or equivalent. (Not offered every year.) Special fee.

      BMS 602 - Pathogenic Microbiology

      Morphologic, cultural, biochemical, serologic, epidemiologic, and pathogenic characteristics of microorganisms causing human and animal diseases. Discussion of clinical presentation in host and laboratory diagnosis and treatment measures. Prereq: BMS 503. Lab. Special fee. By permission only.
      Credits: 5

      BMS 702 - (M1) Endocrinology

      Biochemical and molecular structure and function of vertebrate endocrine systems. Influence of endocrine system on the physiology of vertebrates, with special reference to mammals. Current investigations of the endocrine system as a regulator and integrator of body functions including such systems as growth, reproduction, metabolism, differentiation, and behavior. Prereq: BMCB 658 or 751;/or permission.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 405 - The Diversity of Life

      Survey of ecology, evolution, genetics, and the diversity of life. Emphasis on basic biological principles. For nonbiological sciences majors. Lecture and lab. Cannot be taken for credit after completion of BIOL 411, 413, or equivalent. No credit for students who have completed BIOL 405. Special fee. Lab.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 406 - The Human Organism

      Survey of biological chemistry, molecular and cell biology, and major plant and animal systems. Emphasis on basic biological principles. For nonbiological science majors. Lecture and lab. Cannot be taken for credit after completion of BIOL 412, 414, or equivalent. No credit for students who have completed BIOL 406. Special fee. Lab.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 421 - Diseases of the 21st Century

      Provides a basic understanding of several different diseases that may be prevalent over the next century. Treatment and prevention of the disease are also discussed. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the research methodologies underlying several fields within the biological sciences, such as microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology. Agents of biological warfare is also discussed. ENGL 401.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 422 - Biotechnology and Society

      Course provides a basic understanding of genetic engineering. Techniques discussed will include: cloning, gene transfer, the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), in vitro fertilization, organ transplants, and paternity testing. Ethical issues involved with each technological advance will be examined and each student will need to state their personal opinion on each issue. Course content is equivalent to BIOL 404. Credit can't be received for both courses.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 431 - It's a Small World: Microbes, the True Masters of our Planet

      This course will make students better informed about the role of microorganisms in their lives. The beneficial uses of microbes in ecosystems, medicine, industry, food, and agriculture will be discussed. Several different diseases, their prevention, identification, and treatment will be addressed in lectures. Microbiological techniques used to identify bacterial strains will be used in the laboratory component of the course. Bacterial strains used in biological warfare will also be presented. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 501 - Ethical Issues in Biology

      This course is an introduction to the ethical issues associated with current and future use of biotechnology. Students will think critically about difficult ethical problems that emerge from scientific research and its applications to medical technology. The focus will be on personal and public policy decision making. Prerequisite: BIOL 413 & BIOL 414 or BIOL 411 & 412
      Credits: 4.00

      BSCI 599 - Special Topics in Biology

      This course explores and investigates topics in biology that would not normally be covered in other courses in the curriculum. May repeat up to 12 credits.
      Credits: 1-4

      BSCI 670 - Clinical Pathophysiology

      This course covers the principles and mechanisms of disease at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels, including responses to cell injury, death and adaptation, and inflammation. Acute and chronic disease processes as well as trauma are used to both understand the impact of these processes on body function as well as a means to gain a better understanding of integrative body systems. No credit if credit earned for BMS 794 or UMST 599 Clinical Pathophysiology. Prereq: BIOL 413/414 or BMS 507/508.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 680 - Pharmacology

      This course is designed to cover the concepts of basic pharmacology and drug therapy. It includes examination of the body systems and the related drugs therapy within each system. It explores the basic drug groups, key similarities and differences among drugs in each group. Emphasis is placed on the mechanism of action for each group and how these medications act in relation to normative and pathophysiology. The therapeutic use and adverse effects of drugs as well as understanding recreational drug use will be included. No credit if credit received for UMST 599 Pharmacology. Prereq: BIL 413/414 or BMS 507/508.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 701 - Senior Seminar

      To be taken during the last two semesters of the senior year as students complete their Capstone project. Course emphasizes written and oral communication, discussion of current topics in biology, and career guidance. Fall and spring semester. Cr/F.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 702 - Senior Seminar

      To be taken during the last two semesters of the senior year as students complete their Capstone project. Course emphasizes written and oral communication, discussion of current topics in biology, and career guidance. Fall and spring semester. Cr/F.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 735 - Cell Biology

      This course is an upper level biology class that expands on the basic knowledge of cellular structure and function. The focus will be on molecular biology, cell culture and cell signaling. Experiments by preeminent scientists will be explored and analyzed. Prerequisites: BIOL 413, BIOL 414, CHEM 403, CHEM 404, or equivalent courses. No credit for students who have received credit for BMCB 605.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 737 - Microbial Genomics

      Microbial genomics (primarily bacteria and bacteriophages) and genome-scale approaches to addressing questions in microbial physiology and pathogenesis are the focus of the course. Large-scale sequencing projects, genome structure and evolution, metagenomics, and other challenges in comparative genomics are discussed. Hands-on wet laboratory and bioinformatics projects are included in this studio (lab/lecture) course. Prereq: GEN 604, BMS 503. Special fee. Studio course
      Credits: 4.0

      BSCI 740 - Aquatic Microbiology

      Lectures and labs focus on Lake Massabesic and its use as the source of supply as th drinking water for approximately 160,000 New Hampshire residents. The course covers a basic history of the Lake, the importance of watershed protection, EPA regulations, and standards and the various techniques and methods available to analyze water for basic quality. No credit for students who have earned credit for UMST 599 Aquatic Microbiology. Prereq: BIOL 541; BMS 503. Permission. Special fee. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 765 - Nucleic Acid Techniques

      Laboratory course focused on application of molecular biology techniques for the extraction, detection, and use of nucleic acids. Emphasis is on recombinant DNA cloning and bioengineering techniques in biotechnology. Special fee. Prereq: GEN 604, BMCB 658/659. No credit for students who have received credit for BMCB 754, BMCB 755, BMS 650, or BMS 714.
      Credits: 4

      BSCI 792 - Research

      Advanced independent research under the direction of a faculty mentor. Content area to be determined in consultation with faculty member. Prereq: permission. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Up to 4 credits may be applied to self-designed concentration. Up to 4 credits may be applied to the Capstone requirement. Fall and spring semester. Prereq: Permission of Faculty mentor. Cr/F.
      Credits: 1-4

      BSCI 793 - Internship

      Field-based learning opportunities in the biological sciences through placement in the appropriate outside agency, under the direction of a faculty mentor and representative of outside agency. Content area to be determined in consultation with faculty mentor. Prereq: Permission. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Up to 4 credits may be applied to self-designed concentration. Up to 4 credits may be applied to the Capstone requirement. Fall and spring semester. Cr/F.
      Credits: 1-4

      BSCI 795 - Independent Study

      Advanced individual study under the direction of a faculty mentor. Content area to be determined in consultation with faculty mentor. Prereq: permission. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Up to 4 credits may be applied to self-designed concentration. Up to 4 credits may be applied to the Capstone requirement. Fall and spring semester. Cr/F.
      Credits: 1-4