BS 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 BS 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 MS or PhD 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 BS in Biology program also have the option to complete a minor in chemistry by taking one additional chemistry course.
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.
A total of 96 credits are required to graduate, distributed as follows:
- Biology core courses: 31 credits
- Biology elective courses: 10 credits
- Chemistry core courses: 16 credits
- Physics core courses: 8 credits
- Mathematics and Computer Science core courses: 4 credits
- Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC): 6 credits (ENG202 and COM203)
- Liberal Arts Electives (LAE) (21 credits) including Arts and Humanities (15 credits) and Social Sciences (6 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.
Biology (31 credits)
|BIO201||General Biology I||4|
|BIO202||General Biology II||4|
|BIO345||Cell and Molecular Biology||4|
|BCH301||Introduction to Biochemistry||4|
Biology Elective (10 credits)
|BIO343||Anatomy and Physiology||3|
|BIO344||Anatomy and Physiology Lab||1|
|BIO420||Virology and Immunology||3|
|BIO488||Special Topics in Biology||3|
|BIO489||Seminar in Biology||1|
Chemistry (16 credits)
|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)
Physics (8 credits)
|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|
Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC): 6 credits
|COM203||Fundamentals of Oral Communication||3|
Liberal Arts Electives (LAE): 21 credits
Arts and Humanities
This program requires 96 credits, which can be completed in three years by those entering as sophomores.
This program is offered in Beirut and Byblos.