Biotechnology, B.S.

A biotechnology student interning at the Manchester Water Treatment lab

Channeling scientific curiosity to fuel discovery and innovation

You’re a scientist at heart — curious about how everything works, right down to the smallest detail. Exploring topics like biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, our Biotechnology program puts you at the heart of one of the newest and fastest-growing scientific fields.

Whatever your scientific passion, studying biotechnology can bring you to its doorstep — preparing you to create advancements that can change lives and improve the world around you.

Program Coordinator

Stephen Pugh

Science & Technology Division Chair, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Biology

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If you have an interest in a particular area, your faculty advisor will work with you to select courses to help you achieve your goals. Students in our program have focused their studies in the following areas:

  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Research

Because of the popularity and size of our biology 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 and organic chemistry, as well as the cell culture research lab and 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.

Take a virtual tour of our biology labs

Our Biotechnology program prepares you for graduate or professional studies, or for careers in industries from pharmaceutical and biomedical to education and business.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in biotech professions between 2012 and 2022, translating to vast possibilities for your future. With advanced courses, hands-on lab experience and real-world challenges, you’ll get the knowledge and skills to make a big impact in this growing field.

 

Job Title
Job Growth
Average Salary
Biochemist or Biophysicist 19% $81,480
Biological Technician 10% $39,750
Biomedical Engineer 27% $86,960
Medical Scientist 13% $76,980
Microbiologist 7% $66,260
Pharmacist 14% $116,670
Physician or Surgeon 18% $118,200
Veterinarian 12% $84,460

 

Curious about careers in biotech? Check out this podcast with Dr. Kyle MacLea, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology.

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.

Biotechnology majors have access to many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

  • Concord Hospital
  • Manchester Water Works
  • New Hampshire Audubon Society
  • Normandeau Associates
robust job shadow at elliot hospital laboratory

We've partnered with Elliot Hospital to offer a robust job shadow at the Elliot Laboratory. Faculty members will select two students each spring and fall semester to participate in the shadow, which gives students hands-on experience in each section of the medical lab. Read about one student's experience at the Elliot

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.

SHOALS MARINE LABORATORY

UNH has partnered with the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) to offer summer undergraduate courses and research internships at the SML field station in Kittery, Maine. With courses like marine mammal biology, wildlife forensics and underwater research, students get land- and boat-based experience in the field. SML credits can be applied toward your biotechnology major requirements. LEARN MORE

If you live in New England and your state does not offer a bachelor's-level Biotechnology program at a public college or university, the New England Regional Student Program allows you to enroll in our program at a reduced tuition rate.

Course Sequence

Interested in a sample course sequence for this program?

Download a copy of the major sheet

Course Schedule

Visit courses.unh.edu and select "Courses at Manchester" to see our course schedules and descriptions.