Biotechnology Major B.S.

Biotechnology Major B.S.


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.

Biotechnology is the use of living organisms, biological systems, and small chemicals and biomolecules in technology. Biotechnology has applications in the treatment of diseases, the production of food, the protection of ecosystems, and the generation of energy, as well as in the basic science study of many biological questions.

The B.S. in biotechnology at UNH Manchester is designed to:

  1. allow students to earn a baccalaureate degree in biotechnology at UNH;
  2. allow students to combine study in biotechnology with other programs and disciplines by completing a minor, or a self-designed set of elective courses along with their biotechnology degree;
  3. allow students to complete a major in biotechnology while taking required courses in education in preparation for the five-year M.A.T. or M.Ed. programs and state certification in secondary science education; or alternative state certification pathway;
  4. provide an opportunity for students to complete a baccalaureate degree in biotechnology while completing the required courses for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry, and other professional or graduate programs.
  5. allow students to complete a baccalaureate degree in biotechnology while completing the required courses for admission to graduate research programs (M.S. or Ph.D.) in the life sciences and related fields.

Employment opportunities in the public and private sectors include education; research laboratories; clinical laboratories; forensic laboratories; jobs in diverse areas from research to quality control to sales in the pharmaceutical industry; industrial positions in the food industry; water and wastewater laboratories and facilities; and environmental research and monitoring.


Become a Millyard Scholar

The Millyard Scholars Program provides scholarships, research opportunities and distinctive academic programming to exceptional incoming biotechnology students. The Millyard Scholars Program is accepting freshman applicants for fall 2019.

New England Residents

Connecticut and Rhode Island do not offer a bachelor's-level biotechnology program in their public universities, so students from these states can enroll at a reduced tuition rate.

Curriculum & Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University's Discovery Program and writing requirement.Each course required in the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Students must attain a minimum GPA in the major of 2.0. Transfer students must complete at least 24 credits in the major at UNH.  BIOL 413 Principles of Biology I, BIOL 414 Principles of Biology II can be used to satisfy the biological sciences Discovery requirement and CHEM 403 General Chemistry I, CHEM 404 General Chemistry II may be used to satisfy the Physical Sciences Discovery requirement. PSYC 402 Statistics in Psychology or MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences/MATH 425 Calculus I may be used to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Discovery requirement.

The UNH Manchester B.S. in biotechnology program is structured with three levels of coursework.

Core Courses
BIOL 413
BIOL 414
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology II
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
BSCI 501Ethical Issues in Biology4
CHEM 403
CHEM 404
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
or PHYS 407 General Physics I
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology4
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences4
or MATH 425 Calculus I
Advanced Biology Courses (600/700 level)
Select five courses (at least one course from each of the three categories)20
I. Advanced Biology courses
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Personal Genomics
Molecular Genetics
Immunology 1
and Immunology Laboratory
Global Science Exploration
Clinical Pathophysiology
Evolutionary Medicine
Exploring Biology Teaching (1-4 credits)
Cell Biology
Cancer Biology: From Benchtop Research to Therapeutic Interventions
II. Laboratory Techniques courses
Cell Culture
Nucleic Acid Techniques
Protein and Immunologic Techniques
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Biotech Experience/Biomanufacturing (BTEC 220 GBCC)
Principles of Animal Physiology
and Animal Physiology Laboratory
III. Advanced Microbiology courses
Bacteriology of Food
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
and Virology Laboratory
Microbial Genomics
Aquatic Microbiology
Total Credits76

Depending on their specific academic and career goals and in consultation with their adviser, students may elect to take additional supporting science courses and a full year of physics (adding PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II to PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I listed above). These courses are often required for admission to medical, veterinary, and other professional and graduate programs.

Capstone Experience
BSCI 701Senior Seminar I (during either semester of the senior year )1
Select a capstone experience, such as the following:4
Clinical Microbiology Internship
Independent Study
Total Credits5

Senior Seminar will meet weekly during either semester of the senior year in a seminar format. Students will share information about capstone experiences, listen to presentations on timely issues in biology, develop career preparation skills, and provide training in poster production. Other methods of oral presentation and scientific writing are explored as students prepare to present the results of their capstone activities at the Undergraduate Research Conference or other venues.

In addition, all students will take elective courses to fulfill the 128-credit requirement for a B.S. degree. These elective courses could fulfill the requirements for a major or minor in another program or they could fulfill a self-designed interdisciplinary concentration. These courses would be selected in consultation with the adviser and the appropriate faculty adviser in another program.

For more information, contact , Stephen Pugh, program coordinator, at; or contact the Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.

Explore Program Details

Because of the popularity and size of our biotechnology 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.

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.

Learn more about career planning


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
  • Manchester Water Works
  • New Hampshire Audubon Society
  • Normandeau Associates

Learn more about internships

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.

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 biological sciences major requirements.

Learn more about shoals marine lab

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.

Questions? Contact an admission counselor for help.

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