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Historical Overview

The FNAS has a rich history of academic development. It was established at the same time as NDU in the academic year 1987-1988, but it wasn't until 1991-1992 that our Faculty obtained legal recognition and began offering licensed diploma programs. Initially, we offered two majors: a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Mathematics, both officially licensed on 16/5/1991. These majors were affiliated with separate departments: the Department of Computer Science (DCS) and the Department of Mathematics (DM), respectively.

In 1993, we took the next step by obtaining licensing for two additional majors: a BS in Actuarial Science (03/06/1993) as part of the DM and a BS in Biology (25/11/1993). The Department of Sciences (DS) was established in 1995-1996 to house the biology major and the freshman science program, which began in October 1997. The Department of Mathematics was renamed the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (DMS) in 1995-1996 after incorporating all university statistics courses.

In 1997, we introduced a BS in Environmental Science (DS; 23/01/1997). In the fall semester of the academic year 2000-2001, we obtained five new majors consecutively: a BS in Physics (DS; 24/01/2000), and four majors licensed on the same date (24/03/2000): a BS in Applied Statistics (DMS), a BS in Geographic Information Systems (DCS), a BS in Business Computing (DCS), and a BS in Medical Lab Technology (DS).

In 2004, we added two new majors to the DS: a BS in Nutrition & Dietetics (01/10/2004) and a BS in Chemistry (15/04/2005).

In 1994, we took a significant step by introducing the first Master's program in the FNAS: the MS in Computer Science (DCS; 14/01/1994). In 2001, we obtained licensing for the second Master's program, the MS in Mathematics (DMS; 30/11/2001).

In Fall 2010, we transferred the BS degree in Physics and its related physics and astronomy courses from the DS to the newly created Department of Physics and Astrophysics. In the same semester, this department launched a joint master's degree in astrophysics in collaboration with Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth (USJ).

In Fall 2011, two additional Master's degrees were officially approved: the MS in Financial Mathematics (13/6/2011) and the MS in Biology (13/6/2011).

Additionally, with the establishment of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at NDU on October 1st, 2008 (officially licensed on 05/09/2008), both the BS in Nutrition & Dietetics and the BS in Medical Lab Technology were transferred to the new Faculty as of its starting date.

Since 2011, the FNAS has continued to grow and has introduced several undergraduate and graduate programs, including BS in Biochemistry, BS in Chemistry, BS in Computer Science-Information Technology, BS in Computer Science-Computer Graphics & Animation, and a Master of Science in Actuarial Sciences in partnership with Chedid Re, a renowned company recognized as one of the Top 20 Reinsurance Brokers in the world and an official Lloyds Broker.
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