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

Contact

Kyle MacLea

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

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). A minimum  acceptable grade in these courses is a C-, and the average grade for these courses must be a C or better. 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

BIOT 501Ethical Issues in Biology4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics 1, 34
Biotechnology lab techniques course 1, 24-5
Select one of the following:8
BIOL 411
BIOL 412
Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
and Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
BIOL 413
BIOL 414
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology II
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.