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BS in Biotechnology 

Program Requirements

Students must complete a total of 128 credits as follows:

Degree Requirements Credits
I. University General Education Requirement 31-34
II. Biotechnology Program Core Courses 62
III. Biotechnology Program Elective Courses 6-9
IV. Concentration (Cell and Molecular Biotechnology or Medical Biotechnology) Course Requirements 17
V. Free Electives 9-12
Total 128

I. University General Education Requirements   (31-34 Credits)

Compulsory Core Courses (23-24 Credits)

Code Course Title Credit
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 200 Advanced Composition 3
ITEC 103 Fundamentals of Information Technology  3
MATH 111 Calculus with Life Sciences Applications 4
MEST 100 Introduction to Islam in World Culture  3
PHIL 100 Critical Thinking and Reasoning  3
UNIV 100 University Freshman Transition 1
UNIV 200 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability 3

Electives (3 Credits)

Arts and Humanities Elective (3 Credits)

ARTT 100 Introduction to Visual Arts 3
ARAB 110 Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I 3
COMM 102 Reading Image and Film 3
COMM 104 Photography and Communication 3
ENGL 102 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 201 Literature across Cultures 3
HIST 100 Contemporary Middle Eastern History 3
HIST 101 Ancient History of the Arabian Peninsula  3
PHIL 101 Ethics in Today’s World 3
PHIL 102 World Philosophies  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 Credits)

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCI 101 Contemporary Social Issues 3
ECON 103 Principles of Microeconomics  3
POLI 100 Contemporary Global Issues 3
POLI 101 Politics of Scarcity  3
POLI 102 State and Society in the UAE  3
GEOG 100 World Regional Geography  3
COMM 101 Interpersonal Communication and Group Interaction 3

Natural Sciences Elective (3-4 Credits)

BIOL 100 Humankind in a Biological World 3
ENVS 100, 101 Energy and Environmental Science 4
ENVS 102 Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations 3
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I  3
CHEM 100 Chemistry in Everyday Life 3
CHEM 101 Chemistry in Everyday Life Lab 1

II. Biotechnology Program Core Courses (62 Credits)

BIOL 112 University Biology I 3
BIOL 113 University Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 114 University Biology II 3
BIOL 115 University Biology II Lab 1
BIOL 230 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 231 General Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 270 General Genetics 3
BIOL 271 General Genetics Lab 1
BIOL 330 Applied and Industrial Microbiology 3
BIOL 331 Techniques in Applied and Industrial Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 352 General Biochemistry 3
BIOL 353 Biomolecules Analysis Lab 1
BIOL 356 Virology 3
BIOL 380 Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering 3
BIOL 381 Biotechnology Lab Methods and Techniques 1
BIOL 493 Research Methodology in the Biological Sciences 2
BIOL 494 Senior Project 4
CHEM 111 Principles of General Chemistry 3
CHEM 112 Principles of General Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 215 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 216 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
CHEM 217 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 218 Organic Chemistry Lab II  1
PHYS 110 University Physics I 3
PHYS 111 University Physics I Lab 1
STAT 110 Introductory Probability and Statistics 3
STAT 210 Probability and Statistics for Life Sciences 3
UNIV 390 Internship 3

III. Biotechnology Elective Courses (6 Credits)

BIOL 240 Ecology 3
BIOL 322 Microbial Genetics 3
BIOL 354 Biophysics 3
BIOL 355 Biophysics Lab 1
BIOL 360 Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 370 Foundations in Mathematical Biology 3
BIOL 450 Bioethics 2
BIOL 480 Food Biotechnology 3
BIOL 481 Bioprocessing Technology in Pharmaceuticals Industry 3
BIOL 491 Senior Seminar  1
BIOL 492 Special Topics in Biotechnology 2
Students may choose 1 or 2 courses from the other
concentration to serve as electives
3-6

IV. Concentration Course Requirements

A. Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biotechnology (17 Credits)

BIOL 420 Molecular Biology and Genetics 3
BIOL 421 Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA Lab 1
BIOL 423 Advanced Molecular Biology and Forensic Sciences 3
BIOL 430 Cell Culture Theory and Technology 3
BIOL 431 Cell Culture Techniques Lab 1
BIOL 434 Cell Communication and Signal Transduction 3
BIOL 473 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 3

B. Concentration in Medical Biotechnology (17 Credits)

BIOL 435 Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine 3
BIOL 436 (BIOL 361) Immunology 3
BIOL 440 Medical Microbiology 3
BIOL 441 Medical Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 442 Molecular Diagnostic 3
BIOL 443 Molecular Diagnostics Lab 1
CHEM 411 Medicinal Chemistry 3

V. Free Electives (9 Credits)

Minor in Biotechnology Requirements (24 Credits)

Core Courses (16 Credits)

BIOL 112 University Biology I 3
BIOL 113 University Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 114 University Biology II 3
BIOL 115 University Biology II Lab 1
BIOL 230 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 231 General Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 270 General Genetics 3
BIOL 271 General Genetics Lab 1
Total 128 Credits 

Program Requirements

Students must complete a total of 128 credits as follows:

Degree Requirements Credits
I. University General Education Requirement 31-34
II. Biotechnology Program Core Courses 62
III. Biotechnology Program Elective Courses 6-9
IV. Concentration (Cell and Molecular Biotechnology or Medical Biotechnology) Course Requirements 17
V. Free Electives 9-12
Total 128

I. University General Education Requirements   (31-34 Credits)

Compulsory Core Courses (23-24 Credits)

Code Course Title Credit
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 200 Advanced Composition 3
ITEC 103 Fundamentals of Information Technology  3
MATH 111 Calculus with Life Sciences Applications 4
MEST 100 Introduction to Islam in World Culture  3
PHIL 100 Critical Thinking and Reasoning  3
UNIV 100 University Freshman Transition 1
UNIV 200 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability 3

Electives (3 Credits)

Arts and Humanities Elective (3 Credits)

ARTT 100 Introduction to Visual Arts 3
ARAB 110 Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I 3
COMM 102 Reading Image and Film 3
COMM 104 Photography and Communication 3
ENGL 102 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 201 Literature across Cultures 3
HIST 100 Contemporary Middle Eastern History 3
HIST 101 Ancient History of the Arabian Peninsula  3
PHIL 101 Ethics in Today’s World 3
PHIL 102 World Philosophies  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 Credits)

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCI 101 Contemporary Social Issues 3
ECON 103 Principles of Microeconomics  3
POLI 100 Contemporary Global Issues 3
POLI 101 Politics of Scarcity  3
POLI 102 State and Society in the UAE  3
GEOG 100 World Regional Geography  3
COMM 101 Interpersonal Communication and Group Interaction 3

Natural Sciences Elective (3-4 Credits)

BIOL 100 Humankind in a Biological World 3
ENVS 100, 101 Energy and Environmental Science 4
ENVS 102 Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations 3
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I  3
CHEM 100 Chemistry in Everyday Life 3
CHEM 101 Chemistry in Everyday Life Lab 1

II. Biotechnology Program Core Courses (62 Credits)

BIOL 112 University Biology I 3
BIOL 113 University Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 114 University Biology II 3
BIOL 115 University Biology II Lab 1
BIOL 230 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 231 General Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 270 General Genetics 3
BIOL 271 General Genetics Lab 1
BIOL 330 Applied and Industrial Microbiology 3
BIOL 331 Techniques in Applied and Industrial Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 352 General Biochemistry 3
BIOL 353 Biomolecules Analysis Lab 1
BIOL 356 Virology 3
BIOL 380 Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering 3
BIOL 381 Biotechnology Lab Methods and Techniques 1
BIOL 493 Research Methodology in the Biological Sciences 2
BIOL 494 Senior Project 4
CHEM 111 Principles of General Chemistry 3
CHEM 112 Principles of General Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 215 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 216 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
CHEM 217 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 218 Organic Chemistry Lab II  1
PHYS 110 University Physics I 3
PHYS 111 University Physics I Lab 1
STAT 110 Introductory Probability and Statistics 3
STAT 210 Probability and Statistics for Life Sciences 3
UNIV 390 Internship 3

III. Biotechnology Elective Courses (6 Credits)

BIOL 240 Ecology 3
BIOL 322 Microbial Genetics 3
BIOL 354 Biophysics 3
BIOL 355 Biophysics Lab 1
BIOL 360 Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 370 Foundations in Mathematical Biology 3
BIOL 450 Bioethics 2
BIOL 480 Food Biotechnology 3
BIOL 481 Bioprocessing Technology in Pharmaceuticals Industry 3
BIOL 491 Senior Seminar  1
BIOL 492 Special Topics in Biotechnology 2
Students may choose 1 or 2 courses from the other
concentration to serve as electives
3-6

IV. Concentration Course Requirements

A. Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biotechnology (17 Credits)

BIOL 420 Molecular Biology and Genetics 3
BIOL 421 Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA Lab 1
BIOL 423 Advanced Molecular Biology and Forensic Sciences 3
BIOL 430 Cell Culture Theory and Technology 3
BIOL 431 Cell Culture Techniques Lab 1
BIOL 434 Cell Communication and Signal Transduction 3
BIOL 473 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 3

B. Concentration in Medical Biotechnology (17 Credits)

BIOL 435 Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine 3
BIOL 436 (BIOL 361) Immunology 3
BIOL 440 Medical Microbiology 3
BIOL 441 Medical Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 442 Molecular Diagnostic 3
BIOL 443 Molecular Diagnostics Lab 1
CHEM 411 Medicinal Chemistry 3

V. Free Electives (9 Credits)

Minor in Biotechnology Requirements (24 Credits)

Core Courses (16 Credits)

BIOL 112 University Biology I 3
BIOL 113 University Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 114 University Biology II 3
BIOL 115 University Biology II Lab 1
BIOL 230 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 231 General Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 270 General Genetics 3
BIOL 271 General Genetics Lab 1
Total 128 Credits 
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ENGL 101 - Composition

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 099 or passing English Placement Test

English 101 provides students with intensive practice in drafting, revising, and editing expository essays for an academic audience. Using logical, rhetorical, and linguistic structures in their writing, students also develop their ability to think creatively, critically, and independently. Throughout the course, students engage in reading texts, evaluating sources, using their reading to form their own opinions, preparing research papers, and employing the MLA documentation style to avoid plagiarism.

ENGL 200 (ENGL 302) Advanced Composition

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours and credit for ENGL 101 (Completion of 45 credits)

This course builds on the general college-level writing skills and strategies students have acquired in earlier courses, and prepares them to do advanced level analysis and writing specifically within their major field and their possible future workplaces.

ITEC 103 - (SCIT 103) Fundamentals of Information Technology 

The course focuses on the nature and uses of computers with an introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software and related lab projects and includes computer systems organizations, communications and networking, legal and ethical issues, effective presentation information, computer security and the internet.

MATH 111 - Calculus with Life Sciences Applications

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 095/105 or appropriate score on Math Placement test

The course covers standard topics such as functions, limits, derivative, and integral calculus as well as applications of differentiation and integration. Simple introductory examples and applications are drawn from, but do not require advanced knowledge of the life sciences.

MEST 100 - Introduction to Islam in World Culture 

The course provides an introduction to the basic sources and historical contexts for the origins of Islam; some of the basic spiritual principles expressed in those sources; the contexts and practices that exemplify the spiritual principles; contributions Islam has made to civilization and to the political, social and cultural identity of the UAE. It will illustrate the concept of Islamic studies through a global, interdisciplinary and comparative approach and examine contemporary global and local issues that impact and are impacted by Islamic culture.

PHIL 100 - Critical Thinking and Reasoning 

This introduction to basic principles of reasoning and critical thinking enhances the learner’s abilities to evaluate various forms of reasoning in everyday life and in academic disciplines. The course explores such topics as inductive and deductive reasoning, the nature and function of definitions, fallacy types, statistic use and misuse, and the rudiments of logic.

UNIV 100 - University Freshman Transition

Students in this course transition to university life by focusing on academic adjustment, by developing decision-making skills, and by learning about services and opportunities for involvement. Although all classes have a core body of knowledge, each class specializes in a particular aspect of university life.

UNIV 200 - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (3 Credits)

This course aims at equipping the next generation of leaders in the UAE with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset and its related core skills. The course combines three main points: design thinking, entrepreneurship, and growth and leadership.

ARTT 100 - Introduction to Visual Arts

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101 (ENGL 100/101)

The course provides an introduction to the art and architecture of various geographical regions around the world in order to provide the ability for appreciation, interpretation and historical understanding. It focuses on a select number of major developments in a range of media and cultures, emphasizing the way that works of art function both as aesthetic and material objects and as cultural artifacts and forces.

ARAB 110 - Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

Arabic literature has developed many traditions though originating from a common source. The course is an introduction to representative texts from contemporary Arab writers, and their connections with the traditions of the past. The method is comparative, with a study of literary, political social and religious aspects, as well as the application of a theoretical framework of analysis.

COMM 102 - Reading Image and Film

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

This course allows leaners to study aesthetic effects and strategies of persuasion in contemporary visual images. Learning engagement include images in electronic media, film, photographs, cartoons, advertisements, and public performances and events.

COMM 104 - Photography and Communication

Perceptions of the world are recorded visually in different ways. The course is an introduction to the techniques of digital photography and trains learners in the visual competence of reading, analyzing, composing and communicating effective visual messages.

ENGL 102 - Public Speaking

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101 (ENGL 100/101)

This course is designed to provide an overview of principles to develop effective presentations for public and professional settings while integrating appropriate technologies. Course content and assignments emphasize audience analysis, effective and coherent composition development, research strategies and skills, and presentation delivery methods to strengthen confidence and credibility.

ENGL 201 Literature across Cultures

Pre-requisite: ENGL 102

Students explore world literature as a form of cultural expression and develop their sensitivity to cultural diversity through a critical study of the literatures of the world, through a study selections from a variety of texts which may include short fiction, novels, graphic novels, plays, essays, poems and films, as a socio-cultural response by writers to the world in which they live. They will deepen their knowledge of the complexities of human life and nature, and develop respect for people and cultures, love for nature, desire for peace and commitment to justice and will also become familiar with those literary terms and conventions necessary to discuss and write about literary works.

HIST 100 - Contemporary Middle Eastern History

The course is designed to acquaint students with an in-depth understanding of the major issues affecting the Middle East in the 21st century, will review the origins and development of the modern Middle East and understand the social, economic, and political foundations that set the stage for the region this century. Students will also become familiar with original source material that frame the key issues in the modern Middle East and engage in discussion of key issues.

HIST 101 - Ancient History of the Arabian Peninsula 

This course concentrates on the geographical background of the Arabian Peninsula, including its location, and descriptions of its provinces, routes, its flora and fauna. It also focuses on the commercial importance and its political situation during the period from the third Millennium B.C. to the rise of Islam or to the seventh century A.D. There are some details about archaeological sites in the Peninsula. It also studies in details about the ancient kingdoms, civilizations, people and societies of Arabia. This course deals with religious, political, commercial and social situations in Arabia before the Rise of Islam. The course also studies the relations between the ancient Arabs and their neighbors.

PHIL 101 - Ethics in Today’s World

The course provides learners with an understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought, and a background to the traditions and movements in the development of ethical theory and methods of reasoning. Contemporary ethical, moral, and social issues that are of global concern, such as justice, decisions about right and wrong, responses to technological changes, responsibility for the environment, human rights and responsibility for other human beings, and other major business, legal, and medical issues are among the topics exposed by learners. Students apply ethical principles and perspectives to analyze, compare and critically evaluate relevant personal, social and professional problems and engage in ethical reasoning and decision making processes.

PHIL 102 - World Philosophies 

The course surveys the major philosophers from the most important world philosophical traditions: European, Indian, Chinese, etc. Some of the topics addressed include the internal world of personal identity, the nature of knowledge, the concept of happiness, the nature of reality and the external world, the relation of language to the world, meaning, and truth.

PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology

This course provides an overview of major areas in the field of psychology. The following topics will be covered in this course: history of psychology; research methods used in psychology; organization of human brain and biological basis of behavior; sensation; perception; basic principles of learning; cognition; language; intelligence; emotion; motivation; developmental psychology; personality theories and assessment, stress and its effect on health; abnormal behavior and therapies; and, social psychology.

SOCI 101 - Contemporary Social Issues

The course is an introduction to basic sociological concepts and examines aspects of human behavior in a cultural framework including: individual and group interaction, social mobility and stratification, status and class, race and gender relations, urbanism, crime and criminology, and social change and reform.

ECON 103 - (GEEC 103) Principles of Microeconomics 

This course introduces learners to microeconomics in the context of current problems. It explores how market mechanism allocates scare resources among competing uses. It uses supply, demand, production, and distribution theory to analyze problems.

POLI 100 - Contemporary Global Issues

The course addresses contemporary issues impacting international and global affairs, and the major political, social, economic and environmental forces confronting global communities. Some of the themes are democracy and human rights, nationalism and conditions of conflict and stability, economic globalization, resource distribution and depletion, responsibilities of international and transnational organizations, technological development and environmental concerns, cultural diversity and identity, and the possibility of global stability and future world order.

POLI 101 - Politics of Scarcity 

The problems of scarcity and security are as much political as they are economic or technological. This course identifies the political aspects of global economic exchange and distribution, flows of labor and capital, and international cooperation, global security and conflict.

POLI 102 - State and Society in the UAE 

The course traces the history of the UAE, the establishment of the federation and the development of the UAE as a nation with significant global impact. It covers contemporary life, the economy, society, population, political system, social customs and traditions, and current changes.

GEOG 100 - (GEOG 200) World Regional Geography 

This course will examine a broad range of geographical perspectives covering all of the major regions of the world. Each region will be reviewed in a similar structure so students can clearly see the similarities and differences between each region. Specifically, the course will explore where each region is located along with its physical characteristics, including absolute and relative location, climate, and significant geographical features. The exploration will then continue on to look at each region from a cultural, economic, and political perspective, closely examining the human impact on each region from these perspectives as well as how human activities impact the environments of the region. The student will first review the basic theories of the discipline of geography, the relationship of world population and resources and the factors affecting development. Next, the student will survey the major regions of the world to identify each region's distinguishing geographic characteristics. This course is a descriptive synthesis of the world's realms and major regions. The basic geographic components of each region, both physical and human, are discussed as the course spans the globe in a single semester to give a broad comparative overview of world regional geography. For each of the world’s realms, a regional issue is identified and current issues will be incorporated into classes as they arise. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the geographic regions of the world while emphasizing the nature of their physical resources, economies, culture and politics. These courses will also address the issue of why certain countries are developed versus under-developed.

COMM 101 - Interpersonal Communication and Group Interaction

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

The course presents the principles to develop appropriate and effective communication strategies in one-to-one and small group communication settings. It emphasizes analyzing and assessing communication skills to create and sustain effective communication in personal and professional relationships.

BIOL 100 - Humankind in a Biological World

Human beings interact with, affect and are affected by other living organisms. This course explores the ways in which human activities have had an impact on other life on earth, mankind and disease and the development of scientific thought.

ENVS 100,101 - Energy and Environmental Science

Co-requisite: ENVS 101

The course is an inter-disciplinary study of environmental disruption and management, natural environmental systems, and the human impact on them. Other topics include energy procurement and use, waste management, water resources and water pollution, acid rain, global warming and ozone depletion.

ENVS 102 - Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations

The course examines the interactions between human and environmental systems, and its effect on the future of environmental sustainability. Topics covered include global and local environmental change, conservation of the ecosystem, biodiversity, water management and climate change.

CHEM 211 - General Chemistry I 

This course covers the foundations of chemical concepts: basic facts and principles of chemistry, including atoms, molecules, ions, chemical reactions, gas theory, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, molecular geometry, and states of matter.

CHEM 100 - Chemistry in Everyday Life

Co-requisite: CHEM 101

The main focus of this course is on how chemistry is involved our everyday life. It covers the basic chemical principles that impact us with their immediate applications. It addresses the effect of chemicals in everyday life and introduces the techniques that make our lives easier.

CHEM 101 - Chemistry in Everyday Life Lab

Co-requisite: CHEM 100

This course introduces laboratory practices to accompany Chemistry in Everyday Life.

BIOL 112 - University Biology I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

This course is intended for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences and provides an introduction to cell chemistry and plant biology.

BIOL 113 - University Biology I Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 112

This course encompasses the basic techniques in Biology for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences that accompany BIOL 112.

BIOL 114 - University Biology II 

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 112
Co-requisite: BIOL 115

This course is intended for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences and provides an introduction to Genetics, Microbiology and animal form and function.

BIOL 115 - University Biology II Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 114

This course encompasses the basic techniques in Biology for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences that accompany BIOL 114.

BIOL 230 - General Microbiology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 (BIOL 108);
Co-requisite: BIOL 231

This course covers the classification of microorganisms, microbial metabolism, microbial growth, microbial genetics, structure of eubacteria, archaea, bacteria, fungi, and viruses, specific defenses and diseases.

BIOL 231 - General Microbiology Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 230

This course focuses on laboratory techniques involved in culturing, staining, and identifying microorganisms.

BIOL 270 (BIOL 320) - General Genetics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 230 (BIOL 110, BIOL 210 and BIOL 230)
Co-requisite: BIOL 271(BIOL 321)

This course introduces the basic principles of heredity and modern developments in this field.

BIOL 271 (BIOL 321) - General Genetics Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course covers basic laboratory techniques in Genetics that accompany the course BIOL 270.

BIOL 330 (BIOL 432) - Applied and Industrial Microbiology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 230
Co-requisite: BIOL 331(BIOL 433)

This course covers the biology of microorganisms of ecological and industrial significance and includes topics such as food production, spoilage and preservation, fermentation technology, waste disposal, water purification, biodeterioration, and decomposition.

BIOL 331 (BIOL 433) - Techniques in Applied and Industrial Microbiology Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 330 (BIOL 432)

This course includes laboratory exercises that illustrate applied methodologies in microbiology, including isolation of commercially useful strains and discusses the production and purification of industrial products.

BIOL 352 - General Biochemistry

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 and CHEM 217(BIOL 320)
Co-requisite: BIOL 353

This course encompasses the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, enzymology, metabolism and its control.

BIOL 353 - Biomolecules Analysis Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 352

This course provides students with hands-on experience of some important biochemistry techniques. One part of this course includes wet lab exercises in which students practice separation, identification, and quantitation techniques that exploit properties of biological molecules. The second part of this course includes dry/computer lab exercises in which students use RASMOL to study the 3D structures of biological macromolecules from PDB (Protein Data Bank) files.

BIOL 356 - Virology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 230 (BIOL 320)

This course provides an overview of the characteristics of major families of viruses, the intrinsic properties of viruses that cause disease, their development and life cycles, interaction with host cells, genetics, tumor-inducing properties and epidemiology.

BIOL 380 - Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (CHEM 213, MATH 113, BIOL 320)
Co-requisite: BIOL 381

This course emphasizes the theory and applications (including significance and societal applications) of Biotechnology to real-world problems.

BIOL 381 - Biotechnology Lab Methods and Techniques

Co-requisite: BIOL 380

This course focuses on the fundamental practical techniques used in Biotechnology research and industry.

BIOL 493 - Research Methodology in the Biological Sciences

Pre-requisite(s): Senior year

This course is intended for senior year Biotechnology students to develop essential skills in research methodology and introduces the student to a variety of methods in conducting scientific research and scientific communication. Under the guidance of Biotechnology faculty mentors, students will design a research project and write a literature review and research proposal.

BIOL 494 - Senior Project

Pre-requisite(s): Senior year and BIOL 493

Under the guidance of Biotechnology faculty mentors, students will conduct a research project and present their research findings in both oral and written formats.

CHEM 111 - Principles of General Chemistry

Co-requisite: CHEM 112

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and laws of chemistry. This course covers coordination compounds, acid-base equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, solubility and complexion equilibria, thermochemistry, gas laws, and solutions. Introduction to organic chemistry, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.

CHEM 112 - Principles of General Chemistry Lab

Co-requisite: CHEM 111

This course introduces chemistry lab techniques and provides hands-on experience in conducting chemical reactions that accompany the course CHEM111. It provides experience in basic techniques for the synthesis of coordination complexes and physical chemistry-based experiments.

CHEM 215 (CHEM 313) - Organic Chemistry I

Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 111
Co-requisite: CHEM 216

This course provides a foundation in Organic Chemistry and includes the theoretical and synthetic aspects of the chemistry of carbon compounds.

CHEM 216 - Organic Chemistry Lab I

Co-requisite: CHEM 215

This course provides hands-on laboratory experience in techniques and chemical reactions in organic chemistry that accompany CHEM 215. The course includes basic techniques for the preparation, isolation, purification, inter-conversion, and spectroscopic study of common classes of organic compounds.

CHEM 217 - Organic Chemistry II

Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 215 Co-requisite: CHEM 218

This course focuses on aromatic organic chemistry, stereochemistry, organic chemistry reaction mechanisms, bio-molecules and the methods used for the synthesis of organic compounds.

CHEM 218 - Organic Chemistry Lab II 

Co-requisite: CHEM 217

This course provides practical experience in common techniques for synthesis, separation, purification, and identification of organic molecules such as NMR, Mass Spectrometry, and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, as well as the qualitative analysis of functional groups.

PHYS 110 - (SCPH 110) University Physics I

Co-requisites: PHYS 111

This is a calculus-based physics course covering the fundamental principles of mechanics. It concentrates on the conservation of energy, the particle motion, the collisions, the rotation of solid bodies, simple machines and on the fluid mechanics. The focus lies on the resolution of one and twodimensional mechanical problems.

PHYS 111 - (SCPH 111) University Physics I Lab

Co-requisites: PHYS 110

This course is intended to be taken with Physics 110. It primarily includes experiments on classical mechanics. Particular emphasis is placed on laboratory technique, data collection and analysis and on reporting.

STAT 110 - Introductory Probability and Statistics

This course introduces students to the basics of probability theory and statistical inference with examples and applications in sciences. Standard topics from probability and statistics courses are covered, with particular emphasis on those areas connected with modeling such as stochastic processes, the concept of diffusion through a Markov chain describing the random behavior of an individual molecule, and the Poisson process.

STAT 210 - Probability and Statistics for Life Sciences

Pre-requisite(s): STAT 110

This course involves the use of probability and descriptive and inferential statistical techniques in interpreting biological data.

UNIV 390 - Internship (3 credits, 180 - 240 hours of work experience)

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of 90 credits and CGPA greater than 2.0

Approved, monitored work experience providing the opportunity to apply concepts and theories learned in the classroom to actual practice in the workplace, in order to develop skills and to gain experience and knowledge for future employment. Students must apply for an internship a semester before the summer of the internship and comply with all requirements outlined in the Internship Manual.

BIOL 240 - Ecology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 (BIOL 110 and BIOL 210)

This course introduces students to concepts and issues related to physical environment, energy flow, structure and function of populations, dynamics of communities, and succession.

BIOL 322 - Microbial Genetics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course examines the structure and function of bacterial DNA and emphasizes mechanisms of gene transfer, expression and regulation as well as DNA repair, mutation, and life cycles of bacteriophages.

BIOL 354 - Biophysics

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 110 and BIOL 114 (CHEM 213, MATH 113, BIOL 230)
Co-requisite: BIOL 355

This course introduces students to the use of physical methods in the study of biological systems. The pertinence of the material to life processes is stressed by the use of realistic biological examples to illustrate each physical principle.

BIOL 355 - Biophysics Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 354

This course introduces students to common laboratory techniques used in Biophysics.

BIOL 360 - Developmental Biology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course exposes students to the principles of embryonic development and differentiation in animal species at the cellular, molecular, tissue, and whole organism levels.

BIOL 370 - Foundations in Mathematical Biology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 and STAT 110 (CHEM 213, MATH 114, BIOL 110)

This course is designed to introduce the mathematically apt to some of the basic models and methods of mathematical biology. Knowledge of first-year biology is necessary, a strong calculus and probability background is a must, and some knowledge of differential equations is desirable. Topics covered in this course include models of population dynamics, reaction kinetics, diseases, and cells that can be written as ordinary differential questions, discrete-time dynamical systems, and stochastic models of diffusion and genetics.

BIOL 450 - Bioethics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course examines selected ethical issues arising from the application of modern biotechnology to microorganisms, plants, animals, and humans. It also discusses the ethics and misconduct in research, authorship and peer-review.

BIOL 480 - Food Biotechnology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course introduces students to the impact of Biotechnology on food production, the genetic tools applied in Food Biotechnology, the improvement of microbes used in food production by modern biotechnological approaches and also discusses related ethical, legal and regulatory issues.

BIOL 481 - Bioprocessing Technology in Pharmaceuticals Industry

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 352 and BIOL 380 (BIOL 352 and BIOL 420)

This course provides an overview of the main elements, theory and application of biotechnology procedures, bioprocess design settings and operations related to the development of biopharmaceutical products including good manufacturing practices and bioprocessing equipment standards. The course lays emphasis on fermentation, harvest, primary and final purification, media and buffer preparation, equipment cleaning and sterilization, and critical process utilities.

BIOL 491 - Senior Seminar 

Pre-requisite(s): Senior year (90 credits and Departmental approval)

This is a Capstone course and involves student participation in seminars on various Biotechnology topics.

BIOL 492 - Special Topics in Biotechnology

Pre-requisite(s): Senior year (90 credits and Departmental approval)

This course focuses on the major advances in genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics and their significance in biotechnological applications.

BIOL 420 - Molecular Biology and Genetics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)
Co-requisite: BIOL 421

This course focuses on the basic concepts of structure and function of genetic material at the molecular level. Topics such as DNA replication, chromosome structure, gene expression and mutation, DNA repair and transposable elements are covered in molecular detail.

BIOL 421 - Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 420

This course covers modern molecular biology techniques such as restriction mapping, isolation of DNA and RNA from eukaryotic cells, Southern hybridization, reverse transcription, and polymerase chain reaction.

BIOL 423 - Advanced Molecular Biology and Forensic Sciences

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270

This course focuses on the molecular genetic principles that underlie forensics.

BIOL 430 - Cell Culture Theory and Technology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320);
Co-requisite: BIOL 431

This course aims at providing a strong foundation in the structure, growth and function of plant and animal cells as well as the technology involved in cell and tissue culture, cell preservation, protoplast culture and fusion, cell cloning and fusion, monoclonal antibody production, breeding and genetic engineering. The applications of stem cells to therapy will also be emphasized in this course.

BIOL 431 - Cell Culture Techniques Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 430

This course deals with the principles and practical applications of animal tissue culture. The emphasis in this course will be on the conditions for growth and maintenance of animal cells as well as commonly used techniques for manipulation of animal cell culture systems.

BIOL 434 - Cell Communication and Signal Transduction

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270

This course focuses on how cells communicate with each other and their microenvironment, the signaling events that result from these interactions and their translation into cellular responses.

BIOL 473 - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course is designed to provide instruction in the scientific concepts and computer skills currently used in searching biological databases, comparing sequences, analyzing protein and DNA characteristics and answering biological and biomedical questions using databases.

BIOL 435 - Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270

This course provides a broad overview of the biological principles influencing stem cell populations and emphasizes the functional role of stem cells in regulating normal development and contributing to disease as well as examines the therapeutic potential of stem cells in regenerative medicine.

BIOL 436 (BIOL 361) - Immunology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course focuses on the structure and function of immunoglobulins, the role of cell mediated immunity, the protective role of the immune system, and disease and injury related to malfunctions of the immune system.

BIOL 440 - Medical Microbiology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 330
Co-requisite: BIOL 441

This course focuses on mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis, the host response, and the scientific approaches used to investigate these processes.

BIOL 441 - Medical Microbiology Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 440

This course focuses on the tools and techniques of Medical Microbiology used in clinical laboratory diagnosis of microorganisms.

BIOL 442 - Molecular Diagnostic

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270
Co-requisite: BIOL 443

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles underlying molecular diagnostics and the application of molecular techniques to disease diagnosis.

BIOL 443 - Molecular Diagnostics Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 442

This course provides hands-on experience in the basic techniques used in Molecular Diagnostics.

CHEM 411 - Medicinal Chemistry

Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 217

This course examines principles of structural, physical, and physical-organic chemistry, including mechanistic considerations involved in synthetic organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and the design of chemotherapeutic agents. This course includes mechanisms of action and factors that influence drug action within specific drug classes of pharmaco-dynamic and chemotherapeutic nature, drug structures, chiral drugs, and structure-activity relationships of drugs.

BIOL 112 - University Biology I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

This course is intended for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences and provides an introduction to cell chemistry and plant biology.

BIOL 113 - University Biology I Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 112

This course encompasses the basic techniques in Biology for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences that accompany BIOL 112.

BIOL 114 - University Biology II 

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 112
Co-requisite: BIOL 115

This course is intended for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences and provides an introduction to Genetics, Microbiology and animal form and function.

BIOL 115 - University Biology II Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 114

This course encompasses the basic techniques in Biology for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences that accompany BIOL 114.

BIOL 230 - General Microbiology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 (BIOL 108);
Co-requisite: BIOL 231

This course covers the classification of microorganisms, microbial metabolism, microbial growth, microbial genetics, structure of eubacteria, archaea, bacteria, fungi, and viruses, specific defenses and diseases.

BIOL 231 - General Microbiology Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 230

This course focuses on laboratory techniques involved in culturing, staining, and identifying microorganisms.

BIOL 270 (BIOL 320) - General Genetics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 230 (BIOL 110, BIOL 210 and BIOL 230)
Co-requisite: BIOL 271(BIOL 321)

This course introduces the basic principles of heredity and modern developments in this field.

BIOL 271 (BIOL 321) - General Genetics Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course covers basic laboratory techniques in Genetics that accompany the course BIOL 270.

ENGL 101 - Composition

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 099 or passing English Placement Test

English 101 provides students with intensive practice in drafting, revising, and editing expository essays for an academic audience. Using logical, rhetorical, and linguistic structures in their writing, students also develop their ability to think creatively, critically, and independently. Throughout the course, students engage in reading texts, evaluating sources, using their reading to form their own opinions, preparing research papers, and employing the MLA documentation style to avoid plagiarism.

ENGL 200 (ENGL 302) Advanced Composition

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours and credit for ENGL 101 (Completion of 45 credits)

This course builds on the general college-level writing skills and strategies students have acquired in earlier courses, and prepares them to do advanced level analysis and writing specifically within their major field and their possible future workplaces.

ITEC 103 - (SCIT 103) Fundamentals of Information Technology 

The course focuses on the nature and uses of computers with an introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software and related lab projects and includes computer systems organizations, communications and networking, legal and ethical issues, effective presentation information, computer security and the internet.

MATH 111 - Calculus with Life Sciences Applications

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 095/105 or appropriate score on Math Placement test

The course covers standard topics such as functions, limits, derivative, and integral calculus as well as applications of differentiation and integration. Simple introductory examples and applications are drawn from, but do not require advanced knowledge of the life sciences.

MEST 100 - Introduction to Islam in World Culture 

The course provides an introduction to the basic sources and historical contexts for the origins of Islam; some of the basic spiritual principles expressed in those sources; the contexts and practices that exemplify the spiritual principles; contributions Islam has made to civilization and to the political, social and cultural identity of the UAE. It will illustrate the concept of Islamic studies through a global, interdisciplinary and comparative approach and examine contemporary global and local issues that impact and are impacted by Islamic culture.

PHIL 100 - Critical Thinking and Reasoning 

This introduction to basic principles of reasoning and critical thinking enhances the learner’s abilities to evaluate various forms of reasoning in everyday life and in academic disciplines. The course explores such topics as inductive and deductive reasoning, the nature and function of definitions, fallacy types, statistic use and misuse, and the rudiments of logic.

UNIV 100 - University Freshman Transition

Students in this course transition to university life by focusing on academic adjustment, by developing decision-making skills, and by learning about services and opportunities for involvement. Although all classes have a core body of knowledge, each class specializes in a particular aspect of university life.

UNIV 200 - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (3 Credits)

This course aims at equipping the next generation of leaders in the UAE with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset and its related core skills. The course combines three main points: design thinking, entrepreneurship, and growth and leadership.

ARTT 100 - Introduction to Visual Arts

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101 (ENGL 100/101)

The course provides an introduction to the art and architecture of various geographical regions around the world in order to provide the ability for appreciation, interpretation and historical understanding. It focuses on a select number of major developments in a range of media and cultures, emphasizing the way that works of art function both as aesthetic and material objects and as cultural artifacts and forces.

ARAB 110 - Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

Arabic literature has developed many traditions though originating from a common source. The course is an introduction to representative texts from contemporary Arab writers, and their connections with the traditions of the past. The method is comparative, with a study of literary, political social and religious aspects, as well as the application of a theoretical framework of analysis.

COMM 102 - Reading Image and Film

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

This course allows leaners to study aesthetic effects and strategies of persuasion in contemporary visual images. Learning engagement include images in electronic media, film, photographs, cartoons, advertisements, and public performances and events.

COMM 104 - Photography and Communication

Perceptions of the world are recorded visually in different ways. The course is an introduction to the techniques of digital photography and trains learners in the visual competence of reading, analyzing, composing and communicating effective visual messages.

ENGL 102 - Public Speaking

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101 (ENGL 100/101)

This course is designed to provide an overview of principles to develop effective presentations for public and professional settings while integrating appropriate technologies. Course content and assignments emphasize audience analysis, effective and coherent composition development, research strategies and skills, and presentation delivery methods to strengthen confidence and credibility.

ENGL 201 Literature across Cultures

Pre-requisite: ENGL 102

Students explore world literature as a form of cultural expression and develop their sensitivity to cultural diversity through a critical study of the literatures of the world, through a study selections from a variety of texts which may include short fiction, novels, graphic novels, plays, essays, poems and films, as a socio-cultural response by writers to the world in which they live. They will deepen their knowledge of the complexities of human life and nature, and develop respect for people and cultures, love for nature, desire for peace and commitment to justice and will also become familiar with those literary terms and conventions necessary to discuss and write about literary works.

HIST 100 - Contemporary Middle Eastern History

The course is designed to acquaint students with an in-depth understanding of the major issues affecting the Middle East in the 21st century, will review the origins and development of the modern Middle East and understand the social, economic, and political foundations that set the stage for the region this century. Students will also become familiar with original source material that frame the key issues in the modern Middle East and engage in discussion of key issues.

HIST 101 - Ancient History of the Arabian Peninsula 

This course concentrates on the geographical background of the Arabian Peninsula, including its location, and descriptions of its provinces, routes, its flora and fauna. It also focuses on the commercial importance and its political situation during the period from the third Millennium B.C. to the rise of Islam or to the seventh century A.D. There are some details about archaeological sites in the Peninsula. It also studies in details about the ancient kingdoms, civilizations, people and societies of Arabia. This course deals with religious, political, commercial and social situations in Arabia before the Rise of Islam. The course also studies the relations between the ancient Arabs and their neighbors.

PHIL 101 - Ethics in Today’s World

The course provides learners with an understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought, and a background to the traditions and movements in the development of ethical theory and methods of reasoning. Contemporary ethical, moral, and social issues that are of global concern, such as justice, decisions about right and wrong, responses to technological changes, responsibility for the environment, human rights and responsibility for other human beings, and other major business, legal, and medical issues are among the topics exposed by learners. Students apply ethical principles and perspectives to analyze, compare and critically evaluate relevant personal, social and professional problems and engage in ethical reasoning and decision making processes.

PHIL 102 - World Philosophies 

The course surveys the major philosophers from the most important world philosophical traditions: European, Indian, Chinese, etc. Some of the topics addressed include the internal world of personal identity, the nature of knowledge, the concept of happiness, the nature of reality and the external world, the relation of language to the world, meaning, and truth.

PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology

This course provides an overview of major areas in the field of psychology. The following topics will be covered in this course: history of psychology; research methods used in psychology; organization of human brain and biological basis of behavior; sensation; perception; basic principles of learning; cognition; language; intelligence; emotion; motivation; developmental psychology; personality theories and assessment, stress and its effect on health; abnormal behavior and therapies; and, social psychology.

SOCI 101 - Contemporary Social Issues

The course is an introduction to basic sociological concepts and examines aspects of human behavior in a cultural framework including: individual and group interaction, social mobility and stratification, status and class, race and gender relations, urbanism, crime and criminology, and social change and reform.

ECON 103 - (GEEC 103) Principles of Microeconomics 

This course introduces learners to microeconomics in the context of current problems. It explores how market mechanism allocates scare resources among competing uses. It uses supply, demand, production, and distribution theory to analyze problems.

POLI 100 - Contemporary Global Issues

The course addresses contemporary issues impacting international and global affairs, and the major political, social, economic and environmental forces confronting global communities. Some of the themes are democracy and human rights, nationalism and conditions of conflict and stability, economic globalization, resource distribution and depletion, responsibilities of international and transnational organizations, technological development and environmental concerns, cultural diversity and identity, and the possibility of global stability and future world order.

POLI 101 - Politics of Scarcity 

The problems of scarcity and security are as much political as they are economic or technological. This course identifies the political aspects of global economic exchange and distribution, flows of labor and capital, and international cooperation, global security and conflict.

POLI 102 - State and Society in the UAE 

The course traces the history of the UAE, the establishment of the federation and the development of the UAE as a nation with significant global impact. It covers contemporary life, the economy, society, population, political system, social customs and traditions, and current changes.

GEOG 100 - (GEOG 200) World Regional Geography 

This course will examine a broad range of geographical perspectives covering all of the major regions of the world. Each region will be reviewed in a similar structure so students can clearly see the similarities and differences between each region. Specifically, the course will explore where each region is located along with its physical characteristics, including absolute and relative location, climate, and significant geographical features. The exploration will then continue on to look at each region from a cultural, economic, and political perspective, closely examining the human impact on each region from these perspectives as well as how human activities impact the environments of the region. The student will first review the basic theories of the discipline of geography, the relationship of world population and resources and the factors affecting development. Next, the student will survey the major regions of the world to identify each region's distinguishing geographic characteristics. This course is a descriptive synthesis of the world's realms and major regions. The basic geographic components of each region, both physical and human, are discussed as the course spans the globe in a single semester to give a broad comparative overview of world regional geography. For each of the world’s realms, a regional issue is identified and current issues will be incorporated into classes as they arise. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the geographic regions of the world while emphasizing the nature of their physical resources, economies, culture and politics. These courses will also address the issue of why certain countries are developed versus under-developed.

COMM 101 - Interpersonal Communication and Group Interaction

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

The course presents the principles to develop appropriate and effective communication strategies in one-to-one and small group communication settings. It emphasizes analyzing and assessing communication skills to create and sustain effective communication in personal and professional relationships.

BIOL 100 - Humankind in a Biological World

Human beings interact with, affect and are affected by other living organisms. This course explores the ways in which human activities have had an impact on other life on earth, mankind and disease and the development of scientific thought.

ENVS 100,101 - Energy and Environmental Science

Co-requisite: ENVS 101

The course is an inter-disciplinary study of environmental disruption and management, natural environmental systems, and the human impact on them. Other topics include energy procurement and use, waste management, water resources and water pollution, acid rain, global warming and ozone depletion.

ENVS 102 - Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations

The course examines the interactions between human and environmental systems, and its effect on the future of environmental sustainability. Topics covered include global and local environmental change, conservation of the ecosystem, biodiversity, water management and climate change.

CHEM 211 - General Chemistry I 

This course covers the foundations of chemical concepts: basic facts and principles of chemistry, including atoms, molecules, ions, chemical reactions, gas theory, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, molecular geometry, and states of matter.

CHEM 100 - Chemistry in Everyday Life

Co-requisite: CHEM 101

The main focus of this course is on how chemistry is involved our everyday life. It covers the basic chemical principles that impact us with their immediate applications. It addresses the effect of chemicals in everyday life and introduces the techniques that make our lives easier.

CHEM 101 - Chemistry in Everyday Life Lab

Co-requisite: CHEM 100

This course introduces laboratory practices to accompany Chemistry in Everyday Life.

BIOL 112 - University Biology I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

This course is intended for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences and provides an introduction to cell chemistry and plant biology.

BIOL 113 - University Biology I Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 112

This course encompasses the basic techniques in Biology for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences that accompany BIOL 112.

BIOL 114 - University Biology II 

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 112
Co-requisite: BIOL 115

This course is intended for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences and provides an introduction to Genetics, Microbiology and animal form and function.

BIOL 115 - University Biology II Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 114

This course encompasses the basic techniques in Biology for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences that accompany BIOL 114.

BIOL 230 - General Microbiology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 (BIOL 108);
Co-requisite: BIOL 231

This course covers the classification of microorganisms, microbial metabolism, microbial growth, microbial genetics, structure of eubacteria, archaea, bacteria, fungi, and viruses, specific defenses and diseases.

BIOL 231 - General Microbiology Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 230

This course focuses on laboratory techniques involved in culturing, staining, and identifying microorganisms.

BIOL 270 (BIOL 320) - General Genetics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 230 (BIOL 110, BIOL 210 and BIOL 230)
Co-requisite: BIOL 271(BIOL 321)

This course introduces the basic principles of heredity and modern developments in this field.

BIOL 271 (BIOL 321) - General Genetics Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course covers basic laboratory techniques in Genetics that accompany the course BIOL 270.

BIOL 330 (BIOL 432) - Applied and Industrial Microbiology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 230
Co-requisite: BIOL 331(BIOL 433)

This course covers the biology of microorganisms of ecological and industrial significance and includes topics such as food production, spoilage and preservation, fermentation technology, waste disposal, water purification, biodeterioration, and decomposition.

BIOL 331 (BIOL 433) - Techniques in Applied and Industrial Microbiology Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 330 (BIOL 432)

This course includes laboratory exercises that illustrate applied methodologies in microbiology, including isolation of commercially useful strains and discusses the production and purification of industrial products.

BIOL 352 - General Biochemistry

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 and CHEM 217(BIOL 320)
Co-requisite: BIOL 353

This course encompasses the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, enzymology, metabolism and its control.

BIOL 353 - Biomolecules Analysis Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 352

This course provides students with hands-on experience of some important biochemistry techniques. One part of this course includes wet lab exercises in which students practice separation, identification, and quantitation techniques that exploit properties of biological molecules. The second part of this course includes dry/computer lab exercises in which students use RASMOL to study the 3D structures of biological macromolecules from PDB (Protein Data Bank) files.

BIOL 356 - Virology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 230 (BIOL 320)

This course provides an overview of the characteristics of major families of viruses, the intrinsic properties of viruses that cause disease, their development and life cycles, interaction with host cells, genetics, tumor-inducing properties and epidemiology.

BIOL 380 - Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (CHEM 213, MATH 113, BIOL 320)
Co-requisite: BIOL 381

This course emphasizes the theory and applications (including significance and societal applications) of Biotechnology to real-world problems.

BIOL 381 - Biotechnology Lab Methods and Techniques

Co-requisite: BIOL 380

This course focuses on the fundamental practical techniques used in Biotechnology research and industry.

BIOL 493 - Research Methodology in the Biological Sciences

Pre-requisite(s): Senior year

This course is intended for senior year Biotechnology students to develop essential skills in research methodology and introduces the student to a variety of methods in conducting scientific research and scientific communication. Under the guidance of Biotechnology faculty mentors, students will design a research project and write a literature review and research proposal.

BIOL 494 - Senior Project

Pre-requisite(s): Senior year and BIOL 493

Under the guidance of Biotechnology faculty mentors, students will conduct a research project and present their research findings in both oral and written formats.

CHEM 111 - Principles of General Chemistry

Co-requisite: CHEM 112

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and laws of chemistry. This course covers coordination compounds, acid-base equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, solubility and complexion equilibria, thermochemistry, gas laws, and solutions. Introduction to organic chemistry, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.

CHEM 112 - Principles of General Chemistry Lab

Co-requisite: CHEM 111

This course introduces chemistry lab techniques and provides hands-on experience in conducting chemical reactions that accompany the course CHEM111. It provides experience in basic techniques for the synthesis of coordination complexes and physical chemistry-based experiments.

CHEM 215 (CHEM 313) - Organic Chemistry I

Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 111
Co-requisite: CHEM 216

This course provides a foundation in Organic Chemistry and includes the theoretical and synthetic aspects of the chemistry of carbon compounds.

CHEM 216 - Organic Chemistry Lab I

Co-requisite: CHEM 215

This course provides hands-on laboratory experience in techniques and chemical reactions in organic chemistry that accompany CHEM 215. The course includes basic techniques for the preparation, isolation, purification, inter-conversion, and spectroscopic study of common classes of organic compounds.

CHEM 217 - Organic Chemistry II

Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 215 Co-requisite: CHEM 218

This course focuses on aromatic organic chemistry, stereochemistry, organic chemistry reaction mechanisms, bio-molecules and the methods used for the synthesis of organic compounds.

CHEM 218 - Organic Chemistry Lab II 

Co-requisite: CHEM 217

This course provides practical experience in common techniques for synthesis, separation, purification, and identification of organic molecules such as NMR, Mass Spectrometry, and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, as well as the qualitative analysis of functional groups.

PHYS 110 - (SCPH 110) University Physics I

Co-requisites: PHYS 111

This is a calculus-based physics course covering the fundamental principles of mechanics. It concentrates on the conservation of energy, the particle motion, the collisions, the rotation of solid bodies, simple machines and on the fluid mechanics. The focus lies on the resolution of one and twodimensional mechanical problems.

PHYS 111 - (SCPH 111) University Physics I Lab

Co-requisites: PHYS 110

This course is intended to be taken with Physics 110. It primarily includes experiments on classical mechanics. Particular emphasis is placed on laboratory technique, data collection and analysis and on reporting.

STAT 110 - Introductory Probability and Statistics

This course introduces students to the basics of probability theory and statistical inference with examples and applications in sciences. Standard topics from probability and statistics courses are covered, with particular emphasis on those areas connected with modeling such as stochastic processes, the concept of diffusion through a Markov chain describing the random behavior of an individual molecule, and the Poisson process.

STAT 210 - Probability and Statistics for Life Sciences

Pre-requisite(s): STAT 110

This course involves the use of probability and descriptive and inferential statistical techniques in interpreting biological data.

UNIV 390 - Internship (3 credits, 180 - 240 hours of work experience)

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of 90 credits and CGPA greater than 2.0

Approved, monitored work experience providing the opportunity to apply concepts and theories learned in the classroom to actual practice in the workplace, in order to develop skills and to gain experience and knowledge for future employment. Students must apply for an internship a semester before the summer of the internship and comply with all requirements outlined in the Internship Manual.

BIOL 240 - Ecology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 (BIOL 110 and BIOL 210)

This course introduces students to concepts and issues related to physical environment, energy flow, structure and function of populations, dynamics of communities, and succession.

BIOL 322 - Microbial Genetics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course examines the structure and function of bacterial DNA and emphasizes mechanisms of gene transfer, expression and regulation as well as DNA repair, mutation, and life cycles of bacteriophages.

BIOL 354 - Biophysics

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 110 and BIOL 114 (CHEM 213, MATH 113, BIOL 230)
Co-requisite: BIOL 355

This course introduces students to the use of physical methods in the study of biological systems. The pertinence of the material to life processes is stressed by the use of realistic biological examples to illustrate each physical principle.

BIOL 355 - Biophysics Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 354

This course introduces students to common laboratory techniques used in Biophysics.

BIOL 360 - Developmental Biology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course exposes students to the principles of embryonic development and differentiation in animal species at the cellular, molecular, tissue, and whole organism levels.

BIOL 370 - Foundations in Mathematical Biology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 and STAT 110 (CHEM 213, MATH 114, BIOL 110)

This course is designed to introduce the mathematically apt to some of the basic models and methods of mathematical biology. Knowledge of first-year biology is necessary, a strong calculus and probability background is a must, and some knowledge of differential equations is desirable. Topics covered in this course include models of population dynamics, reaction kinetics, diseases, and cells that can be written as ordinary differential questions, discrete-time dynamical systems, and stochastic models of diffusion and genetics.

BIOL 450 - Bioethics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course examines selected ethical issues arising from the application of modern biotechnology to microorganisms, plants, animals, and humans. It also discusses the ethics and misconduct in research, authorship and peer-review.

BIOL 480 - Food Biotechnology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course introduces students to the impact of Biotechnology on food production, the genetic tools applied in Food Biotechnology, the improvement of microbes used in food production by modern biotechnological approaches and also discusses related ethical, legal and regulatory issues.

BIOL 481 - Bioprocessing Technology in Pharmaceuticals Industry

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 352 and BIOL 380 (BIOL 352 and BIOL 420)

This course provides an overview of the main elements, theory and application of biotechnology procedures, bioprocess design settings and operations related to the development of biopharmaceutical products including good manufacturing practices and bioprocessing equipment standards. The course lays emphasis on fermentation, harvest, primary and final purification, media and buffer preparation, equipment cleaning and sterilization, and critical process utilities.

BIOL 491 - Senior Seminar 

Pre-requisite(s): Senior year (90 credits and Departmental approval)

This is a Capstone course and involves student participation in seminars on various Biotechnology topics.

BIOL 492 - Special Topics in Biotechnology

Pre-requisite(s): Senior year (90 credits and Departmental approval)

This course focuses on the major advances in genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics and their significance in biotechnological applications.

BIOL 420 - Molecular Biology and Genetics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)
Co-requisite: BIOL 421

This course focuses on the basic concepts of structure and function of genetic material at the molecular level. Topics such as DNA replication, chromosome structure, gene expression and mutation, DNA repair and transposable elements are covered in molecular detail.

BIOL 421 - Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 420

This course covers modern molecular biology techniques such as restriction mapping, isolation of DNA and RNA from eukaryotic cells, Southern hybridization, reverse transcription, and polymerase chain reaction.

BIOL 423 - Advanced Molecular Biology and Forensic Sciences

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270

This course focuses on the molecular genetic principles that underlie forensics.

BIOL 430 - Cell Culture Theory and Technology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320);
Co-requisite: BIOL 431

This course aims at providing a strong foundation in the structure, growth and function of plant and animal cells as well as the technology involved in cell and tissue culture, cell preservation, protoplast culture and fusion, cell cloning and fusion, monoclonal antibody production, breeding and genetic engineering. The applications of stem cells to therapy will also be emphasized in this course.

BIOL 431 - Cell Culture Techniques Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 430

This course deals with the principles and practical applications of animal tissue culture. The emphasis in this course will be on the conditions for growth and maintenance of animal cells as well as commonly used techniques for manipulation of animal cell culture systems.

BIOL 434 - Cell Communication and Signal Transduction

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270

This course focuses on how cells communicate with each other and their microenvironment, the signaling events that result from these interactions and their translation into cellular responses.

BIOL 473 - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course is designed to provide instruction in the scientific concepts and computer skills currently used in searching biological databases, comparing sequences, analyzing protein and DNA characteristics and answering biological and biomedical questions using databases.

BIOL 435 - Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270

This course provides a broad overview of the biological principles influencing stem cell populations and emphasizes the functional role of stem cells in regulating normal development and contributing to disease as well as examines the therapeutic potential of stem cells in regenerative medicine.

BIOL 436 (BIOL 361) - Immunology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course focuses on the structure and function of immunoglobulins, the role of cell mediated immunity, the protective role of the immune system, and disease and injury related to malfunctions of the immune system.

BIOL 440 - Medical Microbiology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 330
Co-requisite: BIOL 441

This course focuses on mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis, the host response, and the scientific approaches used to investigate these processes.

BIOL 441 - Medical Microbiology Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 440

This course focuses on the tools and techniques of Medical Microbiology used in clinical laboratory diagnosis of microorganisms.

BIOL 442 - Molecular Diagnostic

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 270
Co-requisite: BIOL 443

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles underlying molecular diagnostics and the application of molecular techniques to disease diagnosis.

BIOL 443 - Molecular Diagnostics Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 442

This course provides hands-on experience in the basic techniques used in Molecular Diagnostics.

CHEM 411 - Medicinal Chemistry

Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 217

This course examines principles of structural, physical, and physical-organic chemistry, including mechanistic considerations involved in synthetic organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and the design of chemotherapeutic agents. This course includes mechanisms of action and factors that influence drug action within specific drug classes of pharmaco-dynamic and chemotherapeutic nature, drug structures, chiral drugs, and structure-activity relationships of drugs.

BIOL 112 - University Biology I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

This course is intended for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences and provides an introduction to cell chemistry and plant biology.

BIOL 113 - University Biology I Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 112

This course encompasses the basic techniques in Biology for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences that accompany BIOL 112.

BIOL 114 - University Biology II 

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 112
Co-requisite: BIOL 115

This course is intended for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences and provides an introduction to Genetics, Microbiology and animal form and function.

BIOL 115 - University Biology II Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 114

This course encompasses the basic techniques in Biology for science majors and pre-professionals in life sciences that accompany BIOL 114.

BIOL 230 - General Microbiology

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 114 (BIOL 108);
Co-requisite: BIOL 231

This course covers the classification of microorganisms, microbial metabolism, microbial growth, microbial genetics, structure of eubacteria, archaea, bacteria, fungi, and viruses, specific defenses and diseases.

BIOL 231 - General Microbiology Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 230

This course focuses on laboratory techniques involved in culturing, staining, and identifying microorganisms.

BIOL 270 (BIOL 320) - General Genetics

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 230 (BIOL 110, BIOL 210 and BIOL 230)
Co-requisite: BIOL 271(BIOL 321)

This course introduces the basic principles of heredity and modern developments in this field.

BIOL 271 (BIOL 321) - General Genetics Lab

Co-requisite: BIOL 270 (BIOL 320)

This course covers basic laboratory techniques in Genetics that accompany the course BIOL 270.