The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology


The biology program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of employment opportunities, including access to professional schools in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, agriculture and education. It also provides solid background for those interested in careers related to environmental protection, wildlife management, biotechnology and genetic engineering. A BS degree in biology can also lead to post-graduate studies & research careers in universities, research institutes, hospitals & industrial or governmental laboratories.

Admission Requirements
For admission requirements to the degree of BS in biology, refer to the section entitled “Undergraduate Admission”.

Graduation Requirements
To receive the degree of BS in Biology, a student must fulfill all requirements of the degree program, complete all required courses, accumulate a total of 92 credits with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 in both the core and major requirements and clear all accounts with the university. Candidates for degrees are reminded that grades of “I” assigned during the last semester to courses required for graduation will result in delaying of graduation..

General Education Requirements (27cr.)

Communication Skills in English and Arabic (9 cr.)
Communication Skills in English, Two courses from: ENL 213 & ENL 223 or ENL 230 (6 cr.)
Communication Skills in Arabic, One course from: ARB 211, ARB 212, ARB 224, ARB 231, ARB 317 (3 cr.)

Philosophy and Religion (6 cr.)
Religion, One course from: REG 212, REG 213, REG 313, REG 314 (3 cr.)
Philosophy & Ethics, One course from: ENS 205, PHL 211, PHL 311, POS 345 (3 cr.)

Cultural Studies & Social Sciences (3 cr.)
Cultural Studies, one course from: ARP 215, COA 315, COA 359, FAP 215, HUT 305, HUT 306,
MUS 210
, NTR 215, PSL 201, SOL 201, SOL 301, BAD 201, ECN 200, ECN 211, ECN 212 (3 cr.)

Citizenship (3 cr.)
One course from: HIT 211, IAF 301,POS 201, POS 210, POS 240, POS 319, POS 337 (3 cr.)

Science & Technology (6 cr.)
Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science: STA 203 (3 cr.)
Natural Sciences, One course from: PHS 207, AST 201, ENS 201, ENS 202, ENS 206,
BIO 201, GEO 203, HEA 201, NTR 201 , HEA 204 , GIS 211 (3 cr.)


Core Requirements (33 cr.)

BIO 211, BIO 212, BIO 220, BIO 227,CHM 211, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 272, PHS 208,
PHS 209
, PHS 278, PHS 279.

Major Requirements (26 cr.)

BIO 324, BIO 335, BIO 485

Choose two biology courses for 4 credits each.
Choose three biology courses for 3 credits each, excluding BIO 201, BIO 202 and BIO 203.

Free Electives (6 cr.)

It is advisable that students (especially pre-med) take CHM 215

Suggested Program

Fall Semester I (16 Credits)
BIO 211 General Biology I 4 cr.
CHM 211 Principles of Chemistry  3 cr.
ENL 213 Sophomore English Rhetoric (GER) 3 cr.
ARB ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Spring Semester I (16 Credits)
BIO 212 General Biology II 4 cr.
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
ENL 223/230 GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
STA 203 GER 3 cr.
Fall Semester II (15 Credits)
BIO 227 Introductory Biochemistry 3 cr.
CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHM 272 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 cr.
PHS 208 Physics for Life Sciences I 3 cr.
PHS 278 Physics for Life Sciences I Lab 1 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Spring Semester II (16 Credits)
BIO 220 Genetics 3 cr.
BIO ___ BIO Elective 3 cr.
BIO ___ BIO Elective 3 cr.
PHS 209 Physics for Life Sciences II 3 cr.
PHS 279 Physics for Life Sciences II Lab 1 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
Fall Semester III (14 Credits)
BIO 335 Cell Biology 4 cr.
BIO ___ BIO Elective 3 cr.
BIO ___ BIO Elective 4 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Spring Semester III (15 Credits)
BIO 324 Plant Physiology 4 cr.
BIO 485 Seminar 1 cr.
BIO ___ BIO Elective 4 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.