Bachelor of Science in Biology

The program in Biology is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in biological sciences, after which they can major in one of three concentrations: cellular and molecular biology, general biology, or ecological and environmental biology. The Department of Biology emphasizes early students’ involvement in the learning environment, to ensure solid foundation of their theoretical and practical skills. Students are exposed to diverse methods of biological analyses in all three major areas. The program aims at graduating students who are intellectually apt and technically wise, as to provide biological solutions to current major challenges of everyday life.

Program Objectives

  • Develop proficiency of basic concepts in cellular and molecular biology, ecology and environmental sciences, and general biology.
  • Foster teamwork and improve oral and communication skills.
  • Foster a student-oriented research program that results in professional publications.
  • Embrace student-oriented teaching methods that nurture critical thinking abilities and apply their knowledge to solve theoretical and empirical real-life problems.
  • Prepare students for future job market and careers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain major biological concepts.
  • Solve and criticize practical and theoretical problems in biology.
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Conduct safe and ethical biological lab experiments, data analysis, and interpretation of results.
  • Demonstrate research competence including analysis of scientific literature and adherence to professional standards.
  • Work effectively both independently and in a team.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU102Introduction to Academic English For Science3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH105Calculus I  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
PHYS105General Physics I  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOC480Research Project  53.000
5 : Also counts towards the Major


Biology Major (Req. CH:48)

Required Courses (29.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOC100Basic Biology I3.000
BIOC205Basic Biology II3.000
BIOC214General Biology Lab1.000
BIOC230General Microbiology3.000
BIOC250Basic Ecology3.000
BIOC270General Genetics3.000
BIOC275Genetics Laboratory1.000
BIOC290Cell and Molecular Biology3.000
BIOC490Advanced Bioapplications (Capstone)2.000
BIOC495Seminar (Capstone)1.000

Supporting Required Courses Non-Biology (19.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM112General Chemistry II2.000
CHEM115General Chemistry Lab1.000
CHEM241Organic Chemistry I3.000
CHEM245Organic Chemistry Lab I1.000
CSBP112Introduction To Programming3.000
MATH110Calculus II3.000
STAT235Statistics for Biology3.000


Cellular and Molecular Biology Track

Elective Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOM335Molecular Biology of Genes3.000
BIOM350Developmental Biology3.000
BIOM420Molecular Basis of Cell and Tissue Development3.000
BIOM433Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering3.000
BIOM435Human Molecular Genetics3.000
BIOM445Macromolecules Structure Function and Bioinformatics3.000
BIOM461Tissue Culture3.000
BIOM489Molecular Biology Techniques1.000
BIOM492Special Topics (Cell & Mole)1.000


Ecological and Environmental Biology Track

Elective Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOE250Biodiversity and Evolution3.000
BIOE380Desert Ecology3.000
BIOE390Wildlife & Rangeland Management3.000
BIOE410Field Survey & Environmental Assessment3.000
BIOE425Principles of Ecological Modeling3.000
BIOE453Environmental Toxicology3.000
BIOE455Ecology of Pathogens3.000
BIOE457Animal Behavior3.000
BIOE459Conservation Biology3.000


General Biology Track (Req. CH:15)

Required Course (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOG315Fundamentals of Physiology3.000

Student must select ONE COURSE from each of the following groups Group A (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Group B (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOG360Marine Biology3.000
BIOG400Biology of Invertebrates3.000

Group C (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOG433Biology of Vertebrates3.000
BIOG445Animal Physiology3.000

Group D (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOG450Plant Physiology3.000
BIOG470Plant Anatomy3.000

Elective Courses - Upon the approval of the Department, the student may select a total of 18 Credit Hours from a specific minor. (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours