Biotechnology, B.S.

Bruce Rheaume working in the biotechnology lab

Channeling scientific curiosity to fuel discovery and innovation

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.

Research is central to this program, empowering you to explore, question and invent. Side-by-side with your classmates and professors, you’ll conduct experiments in our seven state-of-the-art labs: general biology, advanced biology, microbiology, general chemistry and organic chemistry, as well as the cell culture research lab and microbiology research lab. TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OUR BIOLOGY LABS

You’ll work with faculty mentors to customize your degree around your interests or create an academic plan to complete admission requirements to medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, physician assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, or other professional graduate programs.

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

Department of Life Sciences Chair, Biology and Biotechnology 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

To get your bachelor’s degree, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the University Discovery Program and your major. Below is an example of what your course sequence might look like.

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First Year - Fall Semester

  • UMST 401 – First Year Seminar:
    The focus of this seminar in not on a specific academic subject or field of study; instead, the focus is on the student. This course is intentionally designed and proactively delivered for the purpose of promoting personal success-in college and in life after college--by fostering the development of skills or strategies that are both applicable and valuable across subjects. The course focuses on the following topics: college expectations and opportunities, campus resources, learning styles and strategiesincluding lecture note-taking, test taking, memory and concentration; life management, goal setting, educational planning, career decision-making, health maintenance, diversity and instructor/student relationships. The course integrates personal growth, academic and career success with problem solving, critical and creative thinking.
  • ENGL 401 - First Year Writing, or Inquiry Course:
    Training to write more skillfully and to read with more appreciation and discernment. Frequent individual conferences for every student. 
  • 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.

  • CHEM 403 – General Chemistry I
    Fundamental laws and concepts applied to nonmetals, metals, and their compounds. For students who plan to take further chemistry courses.
  • MATH 424B – Calculus for Life Sciences or MATH 425 – Calculus I
    Rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; associated with derivatives and their applications; associated with antiderivatives and their applications.

First Year - Spring Semester

  • 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. 

  • CHEM 404 – General Chemistry II
    Fundamental laws and concepts applied to nonmetals, metals, and their compounds. For students who plan to take further chemistry courses. Previous chemistry recommended. Knowledge of algebra, exponentials, and logarithms required.

  • Discovery Course
  • Discovery Course
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Second Year - Fall Semester

  • BMS 503 – General Microbiology
  • CHEM 651/653 – Organic Chemistry I
    Principal classes of organic compounds, aliphatic and aromatic, class reactions and structural theory. Intended primarily for pre-healing arts, biological science, and health science students. 
  • 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 different ethical problems that emerge from scientific research and its applications to medical technology. The focus will be on personal and public policy decision making. 

  • Discovery Course

Second Year - Spring Semester

  • GEN 604 – Principles of Genetics
    Chemical structure of genetic material, Mendelism, gene recombination, and chromosome mapping. Mutation, gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA.
  • CHEM 652/654 – Organic Chemistry II
    Principal classes of organic compounds, aliphatic and aromatic, class reactions and structural theory. Intended primarily for pre-healing arts, biological science, and health science students. 

  • PSYC 402 – Statistics in Psychology
    Design, statistical analysis, and decision making in psychological research. Probability, hypothesis-testing, and confidence intervals. Conceptualization, computation, interpretation, and typical applications for exploratory data analysis (including measures of central tendency, variability), t-tests, correlations, bivariate regression, one-way analysis of variance, and chi square. Introduction to computer methods of computation.
  • Discovery Course
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Third Year - Fall Semester

  • 600/700 Biotechnology Concentration
  • PHYS 401 Physics I
    Broad survey of classical and modern physics. Designed to enable students to appreciate the role of physics in today's society and technology. Emphasizes the fundamental laws of nature on which all science is based, with some examples of interest to biologists.
  • Discovery Course
  • Elective Course

Third Year - Spring Semester

  • 600/700 Biotechnology Concentration
  • BMCB 658/659 – Biochemistry
    A comprehensive, introductory course emphasizing the cellular metabolism and the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.
  • Discovery Course
  • Elective Course
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Fourth Year - Fall Semester

  • 600/700 – Biotechnology Concentration
  • 600/700 – Biotechnology Concentration
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

  • 600/700 – Biotechnology Concentration
  • Capstone (Internship, Research or Independent Study)

  • 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.

  • Elective Course

 

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.