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.
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 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 (9 credits) and Social Sciences (9 credits) and any LAC elective (3 credits)
I. For students entering the program in Fall 2022 or after, the 21 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives should be taken according to Curriculum Z as described below:
- Digital Cultures (3 credits)
- Change Makers (6 credits)
- LAS Free Elective1, 2 (12 credits)
1The 12 credits of LAS Free Elective could be taken from any LAC category with a minimum of 3 cr. in Arts & Humanities
2Students seeking to follow Medical Studies should take PSY201 and SOC201 among the LAS Free Electives.
3A list of courses for each of the above categories can be found here.
II. For students entering the program prior to Fall 2022, the 21 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives should be taken according to Curriculum A as described below:
- Arts and Humanities (9 credits)
- Social Sciences (9 credits)
- Any LAC elective1 (3 credits)
1Students seeking to follow Medical Studies should take PSY201 and SOC201 among the LAS Free Electives.
2A list of courses for each of the above categories can be found here.
Biology (31 credits)
|BIO201||General Biology I||3|
|BIO201B||General Biology I Lab||1|
|BIO202||General Biology II||3|
|BIO202B||General Biology II Lab||1|
|BIO345||Cell and Molecular Biology||3|
|BIO345B||Cell and Molecular Biology Lab||1|
|BIO499R or BIO499P||Senior Study Research or Senior Study Project||3|
|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||Art of Public Communication||3|
Liberal Arts Electives (LAE): 21 credits
|Arts and Humanities||9|
|Any LAC elective||3|