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Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology offers a comprehensive four-year undergraduate program that exposes students to the full range of biological sciences.

Pre-Medical Studies: Pathway to the MCAT
AUD follows the North American model in the design of its programs and curricula. Therefore, students who are interested in applying for admission to a medical school must earn an undergraduate degree (Bachelor), complete Pre-Medical (Pre-Med) Studies course requirements, and pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in order to become eligible for admission to medical schools.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology provides the foundation for Pre-Med students to succeed in their medical training. Pre-Med requirements include 30 credits of basic science courses, along with six credits of Social Sciences courses, all of which are provided within the B.S. in Biology curriculum. Accordingly, the B.S. in Biology equips Pre-Med students with a solid and extensive knowledge base on which they can build their medical studies once they gain admission to a medical school.

Pre-Med Courses
The Pre-Med coursework recommended to prepare students for the MCAT is as follows:

 

Minimum Required Credits*

Biology

8 credits: typically BIOL 202 and BIOL 203

Chemistry

14 credits: typically CHEM201, CHEM204, CHEM205, CHEM 211, and CHEM 213

Physics

8 credits: typically PHYS 201 and PHYS 202

Humanities & Social Sciences

6 credits: typically SOCI 201 and PSYC 201

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology offers a comprehensive four-year undergraduate program that exposes students to the full range of biological sciences. Program courses, whether general or advanced, feature a student-centered approach based on active, hands-on learning that fully engages students in the theories and practical methods of scientific inquiry. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the content knowledge and creative, analytical, and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in medical- and science-related professions. Students have access to state-of-the-art labs and are provided with internship opportunities where they can apply the scientific knowledge they learn in their courses.

Biology graduates pursue further study in medical schools and/or careers as Biochemists, Microbiologists, Forensic Scientists, Biotechnologists, Researchers, Biology Instructors, Environmental Scientists, Genetic Counselors, Health Communications Specialists, Medical Affairs Professionals in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries, and other related fields.

Program Mission

The B.S. in Biology’s primary mandate is to provide excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. It is a comprehensive program, which exposes students to the full range of biological sciences. Our undergraduate four-year curriculum introduces students to modern studies in general, molecular, cell, and environmental biology. It also emphasizes active, hands-on experience with modern technology. Small class sizes with an emphasis on laboratories and tutorials foster ongoing, productive interactions between students and faculty.

Program Goals

In support of its mission, the Biology degree program seeks to:

  • Introduce students to modern studies in general, molecular, cell, organ systems and environmental biology
  • Emphasize active, hands-on experience with modern technology
  • Prepare students to go on to professional programs in medicine, medical sciences, biotechnology or science education
  • Prepare students to enter the workforce directly, as research assistants, data analysts and members of marketing teams in the pharmaceutical and health industries
  • Help students to pursue graduate studies in biological sciences, with the aim of following a career in academia or industry

FACULTY

Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences
Ajmila Islam
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Professor of Health and Life Sciences
Meis Moukayed
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Acting Chair of the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences & Associate Professor of Biology
Muriel Tahtouh Zaatar
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