Biotechnology (Minor)

Biotechnology (Minor)

Biotechnology

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?

The biotechnology minor introduces students to the field of biotechnology in a five-course sequence that explores bioethics and the central content areas of biology and biotechnology, with a focus on modern genetics and laboratory techniques. Through skills-based training in state-of-the-art labs, biotechnology minors add a valuable credential to their major that indicates a substantial additional skill set in the laboratory-focused and forward-looking field of biotechnology.

Potential careers

  • Biochemist or biophysicist
  • Biological technician
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Medical scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician or surgeon
  • Veterinarian

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Minor in Biotechnology will introduce students to the field of biotechnology in a five-course sequence that will provide substantial education and training in bioethics, as well as the central content areas of biology and biotechnology, with a focus on modern genetics and laboratory techniques.  Students adding the biotechnology minor will be adding a valuable credential to their major, indicating a substantial additional skill set in the laboratory-focused and forward-looking field of biotechnology.

Students must complete five courses (20-21 credits, depending on the courses chosen) with a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.0 and with no grade below a C-. Transfer course approval for the minor is limited to, at most, two relevant courses successfully completed at another accredited institution, subject to syllabi review and approval. Courses for non-majors will not count towards the minor.

Required Courses

BIOL 413Principles of Biology I4
BIOL 414Principles of Biology II4
BIOT 501Ethical Issues in Biology4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics 1, 34
Biotechnology lab techniques course 1, 24-5
Total Credits20-21
To ensure a course counts in the minor, it is required that students consult the minor coordinator, Dr. Kristen Johnson, before enrolling in the course.