BS in Biology (Pre-med 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.

What Will I Learn?

Through this program, you will 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.

Our program is not only tailored for students planning to enter MS or PhD programs, but also for pre-pharmacy and pre-medical students. If you are a pre-med student, the curriculum prepares you for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

You will also have access to modern laboratories equipped with both basic and cutting-edge technology and instruments, allowing you to conduct simple to advanced research in physiology, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology and ecology. You can access all physical and electronic resources offered by the LAU libraries as well as necessary IT support.

Your Career

Our program is committed to academic excellence and provides you 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.


A total of 96 credits are required to graduate:

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
CHM301 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

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC): 6 credits

Number Course Cr
ENG202 Sophomore Rhetoric 3
COM203 Art of Public Communication 3

Liberal Arts Electives (LAE): 21 credits

Course Cr
Arts and Humanities 15
Social Sciences 6