The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

B.S. in Biology (Premed Program)

Biology is one of the most diverse and exciting fields of study in science today, exploring the structure of molecules essential for life, the development and physiology of living organisms, as well as the genetic structure of natural populations of organisms.

LAU’s B.S. in Biology program is committed to academic excellence and provides students with a solid foundation in the biological sciences in preparation for careers in biology, biotechnology and related advanced study in the biomedical and environmental sciences, while maintaining the tradition of liberal arts education.

Students enrolled in the program acquire the necessary theoretical background, analytical skills, and hands-on laboratory research experience to pursue advanced studies in various fields related to biology, medicine, and environmental and allied health sciences. The program is not only tailored for students planning to enter M.S. or Ph.D. programs, but also for pre-pharmacy and pre-medical students. The new program curriculum ensures that pre-medical students are properly prepared for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Students in the B.S. in Biology program also have the option to complete a minor in chemistry by taking one additional chemistry course.

Resources

Students enrolled in the program have access to modern laboratories equipped with both basic and cutting-edge technology and instruments. Students can conduct simple to advanced research in physiology, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology and ecology. Also, students in the program are provided with access to all physical and electronic resources offered by the LAU libraries as well as necessary IT support.

The program requires 96 credits. The department has prepared a three-year study plan that students are advised to observe. Following the plan, students can graduate in three years, including two summer modules.

Curriculum

Biology (31 credits)

Number

Course

Cr

BIO201

General Biology I

4

BIO202

General Biology II

4

BIO311

Microbiology

3

BIO312

Microbiology Lab

1

BIO321

Genetics

3

BIO322

Genetics Lab

1

BIO331

Ecology

4

BIO345

Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BIO499

Senior Study

3

BCH301

Introduction to Biochemistry

4

Biology Elective (10 credits)

Number

Course

Cr

BIO341

Plant Physiology

3

BIO343

Anatomy and Physiology

3

BIO344

Anatomy and Physiology Lab

1

BIO401

Developmental Biology

3

BIO410

Biotechnology

3

BIO420

Virology and Immunology

3

BIO430

Population Genomics

3

BIO435

Functional Genomics

3

BIO488

Special Topics in Biology

3

BIO489

Seminar in Biology

1

BIO8—

Graduate course

3

Chemistry (16 credits)

Number

Course

Cr

CHM201

Chemical Principles

3

CHM202

Analytical Chemistry

3

CHM204

Quantitative Analysis

2

CHM311

Organic Chemistry I

3

CHM313

Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

CHM312

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHM314

Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

Mathematics and Computer Science (4 credits)

Number

Course

Cr

STA205

Biostatistics

3

CSC201

Computer Literacy

1

Physics (8 credits)

Number

Course

Cr

PHY301

Classical Physics for Life Sciences

3

PHY302

Classical Physics for Life Sciences Lab

1

PHY305

Modern Physics for Life Sciences

3

PHY306

Modern Physics for Life Sciences Lab

1

 


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