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undergrad
 Biology

 

Department of Science
School of Sciences and Engineering

Professors: A. Main (Unit Head), S. Zada
Assistant Professors: I. El-Darwish, C. Dustin, T. Quayle

Biology is the science that deals with the origin, history, characteristics, and habits of life. The approach in biology education is dynamic with an ever changing attempt to keep the basic programs current with the advances being made in the field. At AUC, as at many colleges and universities, there is a growing tendency to merge what had diverged into widely segregated fields: botany and zoology, classical and modern molecular approach, field and laboratory studies. Today, with recent advances in the fields of biomedicine, molecular biology, and genetics and the growing political interests in the environment and biodiversity, the discipline is growing with increasing opportunities in the job market (and in research grants) for well-trained biologists.

Bachelor of Science

The undergraduate program at AUC offers interested students a liberal education in biological sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree giving graduates the broad background necessary in today's job market or preparing them for graduate and professional schools.

Students with BS degree in biology are securing positions in the growing fields in industry and in academia. The recent advances in biology have created important new industries in genetic engineering, biomedicine, biotechnology, and pharmacology. Students with ambitions beyond the bachelor level are entering graduate schools (in classical and molecular biology) and professional schools (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine).

Students wishing to receive a bachelor of science degree in biology will be required to take a total of 130 credits:

Core Curriculum (40 credits)
The course selected for the natural science elective may also satisfy a collateral requirement.

Concentration Requirements (45 credits)

BIOL

104/114

The Unity of Life

 

105/115

The Diversity of Life

 

204

Systematics

 

211

Cell Biology

 

214

General Botany

 

221

Genetics

 

240

Ecology

 

495

Seminar

 


Plus one of the following:

BIOL

212

Vertebrate Zoology

 

213

Invertebrate Zoology

 


Three additional 300 or 400 level biology courses of the following:

BIOL

301

Animal physiology

 

303

Developmental Biology

 

304

Taxonomy

 

305

Environmental Biology

 

307

Microbiology

 

320

Animal Behavior

 

340

Quantitative Biology

 

411

Molecular Biology

 

421

Evolution

 

440

Marine Ecology

 

445

Desert Ecology

 


Collateral Requirements (40 credits)

CHEM

105/115L

General Chemistry I

 

106/116L

General Chemistry II

 

203/213L

Organic Chemistry I

 

306/316L

Organic Chemistry II

 

315

Biochemistry

CSCI

106

Introduction to Computer Science

MATH

112

Elementary Statistics

 

131

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

 

132

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

PHYS

111/123L

General Physics I

 

112/124L

General Physics II

 


Electives (9 credits)

Minor

The program also offers a minor in Biology to supplement the education of students in related disciplines including but not limited to biometry, biochemistry, biophysics, psychology, and anthropology.

Twenty credits are required for a minor in Biology: BIOL 104/114 (The Unity of Life), 105/115 (The Diversity of Life), and three additional 4-credit 200, 300, or 400 level BIOL courses.

Biology Courses (BIOL)

 CourseNumber CourseTitle

100

Introductory Biology

102

Essentials of Environmental Biology

104

Unity of Life

105

Diversity of Life

114

Unity of Life, Laboratory

115

Diversity of Life, Laboratory

204

Systematics

211

Cell Biology

212

Vertebrate Zoology

213

Invertebrate Zoology

214

Plant Morphology

221

Genetics

240

Ecology

301

Animal Physiology

302

Environmental Biology for Engineers

303

Developmental Biology

304

Taxonomy

305

Environmental Biology

307

Microbiology

320

Animal Behavior

340

Quantitative Biology

408

Selected Topics in Biology

410

Guided Studies in Biology

411

Molecular Biology

421

Evolution

440

Marine Ecology

445

Desert Ecology

495

Seminar

 

 

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