Biotechnology Major (B.S.)

Biotechnology Major (B.S.)
Millyard Scholar student in the UNH Manchester biotechnology program doing a lab experiment

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. You’ll learn about the modern-day technological applications of living systems and organisms through hands-on work in our cutting-edge lab spaces. You can tailor your biotech degree toward pre-health and pre-med to help you meet requirements for medical school or graduate programs.

What is biotechnology?

Biotechnology is one of the newest and fastest-growing scientific fields. Exploring topics like biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, biotechnology seeks to apply biological processes to technologies that can help improve our lives and planet. This cutting-edge field is changing the world in a variety of ways, from reducing the spread of infectious disease through genetics to cutting greenhouse gas emissions with biofuels.

Why study biotechnology at UNH Manchester?

Through hands-on experiential learning, the biotechnology program at UNH Manchester prepares students for careers or graduate study in medicine, biomedical research, microbiology and more. Biotechnology majors work side-by-side with classmates and faculty on research projects in our state-of-the-art laboratories—and have the opportunity to intern at high-profile biotech firms in the area. Students can also work with faculty mentors to customize the degree around their interests and create an academic plan to complete admission requirements for a variety of professional graduate programs.

Potential Career Areas

  • Biomedical research and development
  • Dentistry
  • Manufacturing
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Quality assurance/regulatory affairs
  • Quality control
  • Sales and technical support
  • Veterinary practice

Affiliate Faculty Member, Hubbard Center for Genome Studies
Program Coordinator, UNH Manchester Biosciences
Phone: (603) 641-4129
Office: Life Sciences, 88 Commercial Street, RM 559, Manchester, NH 03101

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Accelerated Master's in Biotechnology

The industry-focused M.S. in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences combines skill-based training in our state-of-the-art labs and innovative experiential learning opportunities with local companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical technology fields. Qualified students can earn a B.S. and M.S. in just five years by taking graduate-level courses during senior year. Learn more

Become a Millyard Scholar

The Millyard Scholars Program provides scholarships, research opportunities and distinctive academic programming to exceptional incoming biotechnology students. Learn more and apply

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

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:

  • allow students to earn a baccalaureate degree in biotechnology at UNH;
  • 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;
  • provide an opportunity for students to complete a baccalaureate degree in biology while preparing to pursue a Master's degree in biology, biotechnology, or other fields. These degree programs could be undertaken after completion of the B.A. Alternatively, UNH offers several accelerated Master's programs where excellent senior students in the Biological Sciences major can complete coursework towards their undergraduate and graduate degrees at the same time;
  • 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;
  • 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.
  • 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 biotechnology research, development, and manufacturing; 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.

For more information, contact Kyle MacLea, program coordinator, or the Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BIOL 413 Principles of Biology I 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
UMST 401 First Year Seminar 1
BIOL 414 Principles of Biology II 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
PSYC 402 Statistics in Psychology 4
Discovery Course 4
Second Year
BIOT 501 Ethical Issues in Biology 4
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
Discovery Course 4
Third Year
600/700 Biotechnology Concentration 4
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective Course 4
600/700 Biotechnology Concentration 4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
Discovery Course 4
Elective Course 4
Fourth Year
600/700 Biotechnology Concentration 4
600/700 Biotechnology Concentration 4
Capstone 4
Elective Course 4
600/700 Biotechnology Concentration 4
BSCI 701 Senior Seminar I 1
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
 Total Credits130

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major 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 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
or BIOL 413 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
or BIOL 414 Principles of Biology II
BIOT 501Ethical Issues in Biology4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
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
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences4
or MATH 425 Calculus I
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
or PHYS 407 General Physics I
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology4
Advanced Biology Courses (600/700 level)
Select five courses (at least one course from each of the three categories)20
I. Advanced Biology courses
BMS 702
BMS 705
Immunology 1
or BMS 705
BMS 715
and Immunology Laboratory
BSCI 620
Global Science Exploration
BSCI 670
Clinical Pathophysiology
BSCI 680
BSCI 692
Evolutionary Medicine
BSCI 695
Exploring Biology Teaching (1-4 credits)
BSCI #735
Cell Biology
BSCI 750
Cancer Biology: From Benchtop Research to Therapeutic Interventions
GEN 711
Genomics and Bioinformatics
or GEN 711W
Genomics and Bioinformatics
GEN 714
Personal Genomics
GEN 771
Molecular Genetics
II. Laboratory Techniques courses
BIOT 765
Nucleic Acid Techniques
BIOT 766
Protein and Immunologic Techniques
BIOT 777
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
BMCB 753
Cell Culture
CHBE 651
Biotech Experience/Biomanufacturing (BTEC 220 GBCC)
GEN 774
Techniques in Plant Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
ZOOL 625
Principles of Animal Physiology
and Animal Physiology Laboratory
III. Advanced Microbiology courses
BIOT 747
Industrial Microbiology and Fermentation
BMS 602
BMS 603
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
BMS 706
BMS 708
and Virology Laboratory
BSCI 737
Microbial Genomics
BSCI 740
Aquatic Microbiology
Total Credits76

BMS 705 Immunology, may optionally be taken with or without BMS 715 Immunology Laboratory.

Depending on their specific academic and career goals and in consultation with their advisor, students may elect to take additional supporting science courses and a full year of physics (e.g., take PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II in addition to PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I; or PHYS 408 General Physics II in addition to PHYS 407 General Physics I). 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:4
BSCI 792
BSCI 793
BSCI #794
Clinical Microbiology Internship
BSCI 795
Independent Study
Total Credits5

BSCI 701 Senior Seminar I 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 receive 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 their advisor.

A student successfully completing the Biotechnology program will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of basic biological principles, concepts, and theories.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, apply, and synthesize biological information and ideas.
  • Be competent in basic biology and chemistry laboratory skills and with the use of common laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
  • Be competent in advanced laboratory techniques and microbiological methods.
  • Understand the professional and ethical responsibilities involved with current and emerging topics in biology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical information related to biological sciences and biotechnology related topics in scientific writing and oral presentations.
  • Understand, analyze, and evaluate primary research literature involving biological sciences and biotechnology related topics.
  • Understand and apply the process of the scientific method, including being able to formulate hypotheses, design and conduct experiments with adequate controls to test hypotheses, interpret and evaluate data, and draw conclusions.
  • Gather, analyze, organize, evaluate, and present scientific data, including the use of technology to solve problems and communicate information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function as a member of a team.
  • Understand current and emerging topics in biotechnology.
  • Compete effectively for entry-level biotechnology industry employment and for admission to graduate or professional schools in their chosen area and be successful in these endeavors.

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.

UNH Manchester has dedicated its entire sixth floor to teaching and research facilities in the areas of bioengineering and cellular biology, opening doors to on-site internship and research opportunities with the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and other start-up biotechnology firms.

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.

Learn more about research at UNH Manchester

The industry-focused M.S. in Biotechnology: Industrial and Biomedical Sciences combines skill-based training in our state-of-the-art labs and innovative experiential learning opportunities with local companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical technology fields. Qualified students can earn a B.S. and M.S. in just five years by taking graduate-level courses during senior year. Learn more

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

Advising is available for UNH students, alumni, and post baccalaureates pursuing health professional careers. The Pre-Health Advising Office provides support throughout the process of preparing for health professions school from advising on the courses they should take to helping navigate through the complex steps of the application process.

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.

See the complete list of Pathways

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