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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