Biotechnology Major (B.S.)

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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.

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 (4 credits)
Cell Biology
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

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 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.