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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To get your B.S. in Biotechnology, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the UNH Discovery Program and your major. Below is an example of what your four-year course sequence might look like. Courses are subject to change, so visit courses.unh.edu and select "Courses at Manchester" to see the most up-to-date course schedules and descriptions.

  
FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIOL 413 – Principles of Biology I* BIOL 414 – Principles of Biology II
CHEM 403 – General Chemistry I CHEM 404 – General Chemistry II
ENGL 401 – First Year Writing Discovery Course
MATH 424B – Calculus for Life Sciences or MATH 425 – Calculus I Discovery Course
UMST 401 – First Year Experience Seminar  

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BSCI 501 – Ethical Issues in Biology BMS 503/504 – General Microbiology
CHEM 651/653 – Organic Chemistry I CHEM 652/654 – Organic Chemistry II
PSYC 402 – Statistics in Psychology GEN 604 – Principles of Genetics
Discovery Course Discovery Course

THIRD YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
600/700 – Biotechnology Concentration 600/700 – Biotechnology Concentration
PHYS 401 – Physics I BMCB 658/659 – Biochemistry
Discovery Course Discovery Course
Elective Course Elective Course

FOURTH YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
600/700 – Biotechnology Concentration 600/700 – Biotechnology Concentration
600/700 – Biotechnology Concentration BSCI 701 – Senior Seminar
Capstone (Internship, Research or Independent Study) Elective Course
Elective Course Elective Course

* This course fulfills the Inquiry (INQ) requirement.

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

In partnership with the New Hampshire Community Colleges below, we've developed curriculum guides to show you which courses at your community college will transfer into UNH Manchester's Biotechnology program. 

Click on a community college below to see transferable biotechnology requirements. See the complete list of Pathways. 

 

Questions? Contact an Admission Counselor for help.

Connecticut and Rhode Island do not offer a bachelor's-level Biotechnology program in their public universities, so students from these states are eligible for the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP). Under the NERSP, residents from Connecticut and Rhode Island can pay a reduced tuition rate for the Biotechnology program at UNH Manchester. Learn more