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Undergraduate Major Biology (BS)

Learn about the living world as a Biology major

A Biology degree can provide the educational foundation for a wide range of professional fields, including science and healthcare. The Bachelor of Science in Biology program at Southern New Hampshire University combines hands-on laboratory and field work with coursework investigating the diversity and biology of plants, animals, and microbes - developing both practical skills and theoretical learning to help lay the groundwork for a successful career.

The overall goal of the Biology program at SNHU is to foster awareness, appreciation, and understanding of biology as a diverse and dynamic field, and to prepare students to enter a wide range of career paths, certification programs, or graduate programs that utilize their unique skills and knowledge.

See Yourself Succeed as a Biology Major

The Biology program at SNHU may serve as the backbone for many health-related programs, and the University is proud to offer a program that prepares students to pursue a wide range of pathways following graduation. Many graduates may choose to pursue additional educational opportunities and certificate programs, intending to enter fields such as health and teaching that will require additional qualifications; however, others may seek more immediate employment opportunities. Eligible students who choose the health sciences concentration may take advantage of our partnership with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) to pursue a nursing or PharmD degree.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in biology at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success
  • Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire. 
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center, and more
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H.


Careers & Outcomes

The Biology program will teach you to think critically about the living world and our role within it. You will have a thorough understanding of both practical and theoretical biology, as well as additional topics selected by you through your elective courses.

Although additional licensing, certification or education is required for entry into many health-related fields - such as nursing, physical therapy, and teaching - the Biology program at SNHU is an excellent starting point, and provides students with strong foundational knowledge required to pursue a variety of biology-related careers. Whether your ultimate goal is to launch your career immediately, seek additional certifications, or enter graduate school, the Biology program at SNHU will prepare you to face your next challenge.


We've designed the Biology course of study to reflect the many different career options available to Biology majors. We pride ourselves on offering students the ability to tailor their education to their interests and career goals. Below, you can see some of the many course options available to you through the Biology program.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Life & Career

SNHU's bachelor's in biology program includes:

  • General education courses
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

SNHU's required general education program, known as The Commons, aims to guide you toward success in not only your academic career, but your personal and professional life too.

Throughout the curriculum, you'll gain some of the most in-demand skills in today's workplace, including:

  • Research and information analysis
  • Diverse audience communication
  • Critical thinking and ethical problem solving
  • Leadership, emotional intelligence and collaboration

This expertise will prove practical, transferable and invaluable as you grow in your career and contribute positively to society.

Beyond foundational skill development, the general education program also provides the benefit of allowing you to explore a wide range of fields outside of your intended major.

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Campus Undergraduate Tuition

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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