Biological Sciences Major (B.A.)

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Biology is the study of living organisms in both laboratory and field conditions. It concerns itself with questions of understanding the living world, its complex interrelationships, and the role of human beings within it.

The B.A. in biological sciences at UNH Manchester is designed to:

  1. allow students to earn a baccalaureate degree in biology at UNH Manchester;
  2. allow students to combine study in biology with other programs and disciplines by completing a second major, a minor, or a self-designed set of elective courses along with their biology degree;
  3. allow students to complete a major in biology 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 biology while completing the required courses for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry, and other professional or graduate programs.

Employment opportunities in the public and private sectors include education; industrial, clinical, and research laboratories; biotechnology; and environmental field research.

Students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University's Discovery Program and foreign language requirements. 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 may 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 may be used to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Discovery requirement; however, students interested in graduate or professional programs are encouraged to take MATH 425 Calculus I, or MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences, to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

The UNH Manchester B.A. in biological sciences program is structured with three levels of coursework.

Biology Core Curriculum 

Biology Courses
BIOL 413
BIOL 414
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology II
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
BIOL 541General Ecology4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
Chemistry Courses
CHEM 403
CHEM 404
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Mathematics Courses
Select one of the following:4
Analysis and Applications of Functions
Calculus I
Calculus for Life Sciences
Statistics Course
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology 14
Total Credits37

Other statistics courses such as BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I or BUS 430 Introduction to Business Statistics may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Depending on their specific academic and career goals and in consultation with their adviser, students may elect to take additional supporting science courses such as:

CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (one semester)
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (two semesters)
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (two semesters)
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
MATH 426Calculus II4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4

 These courses are often required for admission to medical, professional, and other graduate programs.

Self-Designed Concentration in Biology

Students will select, in consultation with their adviser, four biology courses at the 600-700 level to be taken at UNH Manchester or UNH Durham.

Capstone Experience

BSCI 701Senior Seminar I (during either semester of senior year)1
In consultation with your academic advisor, 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.A. 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. They could include some of the supporting science courses listed above. These courses would be selected in consultation with the adviser and the appropriate faculty adviser in another program.

Note: Students preparing for professional or graduate programs may need to take: CHEM 651 Organic Chemistry I-CHEM 652 Organic Chemistry II and CHEM 653 Organic Chemistry Laboratory-CHEM 654 Organic Chemistry Laboratory. These courses may substitute for CHEM 545 Organic Chemistry/CHEM 546 Organic Chemistry Laboratory and BMCB 658 General Biochemistry-BMCB 659 General Biochemistry Lab. Please consult your academic advisor.

CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
MATH 426Calculus II4
Total Credits14

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