Course Requirements for the BS in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology


  • At least 128 credits in courses numbered 200-799
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 2.0
  • Completion of university general education requirements (for students admitted prior to fall 2010 or transferring
    to UNH from another institution in fall 2010)
  • Completion of university Writing Intensive (WI) requirements


  • Completion of university Discovery requirements (for freshmen enrolling starting fall 2010)

Eight Foundation courses

 CHEM 403  General Chemistry I (includes laboratory)  MATH 424B   Calculus for Life Sciences 
 CHEM 404  General Chemistry II (includes laboratory)  BIOL 528  Applied Biostatistics I
 CHEM 547/549  Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory  PHYS 401  Introduction to Physics I (includes laboratory)
 CHEM 548/550  Organic Chemistry II and  Laboratory  PHYS 402  Introduction to Physics II (includes laboratory)


Four Biological Science Core courses

 BIOL 411

 Principles of Biology I (includes laboratory)

 BIOL 412

 Principles of Biology II (includes laboratory)

 BMS 503

 General Microbiology (includes laboratory)

 GEN 604

 Principles of Genetics



Five BMCB Core courses

 BMCB 401

 Opportunities in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology

 BMCB 605

 Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology

 BMCB 751B

 Principles of Biochemistry I

 BMCB 752

 Principles of Biochemistry II

 GEN 704

 Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes


 GEN 771

 Molecular Genetics


Laboratory Techniques course (Select ONE)

 BMCB 753

Cell Culture

 BMCB 754


 Laboratory in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of Nucleic Acids

 BMCB 755


 Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 BMCB 795


 Investigations  (4 credit minimum)

 BMCB 799


 Senior Thesis


Three Major Elective courses (Upper-level Biological Science Electives* - Select TWO)


 ANSC 701    Physiology of Reproduction  GEN 706    Human Genetics
 BIOL 711    Applied Biostatistics II  GEN 711    Genomics & Bioinformatics
 BMCB 750    Physical Biochemistry  GEN 715    Molecular Evolution
 BMCB 753    Cell Culture  GEN 717 (WI)  Molecular Microbiology
 BMCB 763    Biochemistry of Cancer  GEN 753    Cytogenetics
 BMCB 794    Protein Structure and Function  GEN 771    Molecular Genetics
 BMS 702 (WI)  Endocrinology  BMCB 795    Investigations  (4 credit  minimum)
 BMS 704    Pathologic Basis of Disease  BMCB 799 (WI)  Senior Thesis
 BMS 705    Immunology  NUTR 750    Nutritional Biochemistry
 BMS 706    Virology  CHEM 755    Advanced Organic Chemistry
 BMS 718    Mammalian Physiology ZOOL 777    Neurobiology and Behavior
GEN 704  (WI)  Genetics of Prokaryotic  Microbes      


Students interested in professional school (medical, dental, veterinary, etc.) are encouraged to have a broad educational background. See the Pre-professional Health Programs Advising website. Therefore, ONE course from the following group of General Electives may be substituted for ONE of the two Upper-level Biological Science Electives. No substitutions for the Laboratory Techniques course.

General Electives*

 ANSC 602


 Animal Rights & Societal  Issues

 HMP 569    Human Behavior & the Public Health
 ANTH 610 (WI)  Medical Anthropology: Illness  & Healing  HMP 744 (WI)  Ethical Issues in Health Management  and Medicine
 ANTH 685 (WI)  Gender, Sexuality and  HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa  HUMA 651 (WI)  Humanities & Science: The Nature of  Scientific Creativity
 ARTS 567    Introductory Sculpture  KIN 607    Biology of Aging
 BMS 623    Comparative Histology  PHIL 424    Science, Technology, and Society
 BMS 730 (WI)  Ethics and Issues in  Microbiology  PHIL 435     Human Nature and Evolution
 BMS 755    Molecular Diagnostics  PHIL 450    Ecology and Values
 CLAS 525    Greek & Latin Origins of  Medical Terms  PHIL 660 (WI)  Law, Medicine and Morals
 FS 746    Human Sexuality  PSYC 511    Sensation and Perception
 FS 757 (WI)  Race, Class, Gender & Families  PSYC 513    Cognitive Psychology
 HIST 521    Origins of Modern Science  PSYC 531    Psychobiology
 HIST 522    Science in the Modern World  PSYC 561  

 Abnormal Behavior

 HIST 654   Topics in History of Science  PSYC 731 (WI)  Brain and Behavior    
 HMP 401 (WI)  United States Health Care  System  SOC 635 (WI)  Medical Sociology 
 HMP 403    Introduction to Public Health  SOC 770    Social Stress and Health
 HMP 430    Alternative Medicine and  Health  ZOOL 518    Vertebrate Morphology
 HMP 501    Epidemiology and Community  Medicine  ZOOL 625/6 (WI)  Principles of Animal Physiology with    lab
 HMP 505    Public Health: History &  Practice  ZOOL 690 (WI)  Evolution


*NOTE: some courses may have pre-requisites that are not fulfilled by major requirements