Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF NATURAL & APPLIED SCIENCES | Department of Sciences | Bachelor of Science in Biology | NDU


The Biology program at NDU is coherently designed to provide undergraduates with a rich scope in biology to prepare potential scientists to be competent in their field. It also equips its students with the educational background that enables them to join graduate and medical schools. Furthermore, the program expands the knowledge in the life sciences to non-majors by highlighting the impact of biology on daily life and society.

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Program Educational Objectives

  1. 1.Prepare fully-rounded and scholarly proactive biology graduates;
  2. 2.Instruct students on how to interpret and build on recent research findings;
  3. 3.Assist students in developing competency by implementing critical and integrative thinking, problem-solving and communication skills;
  4. 4.Promote professional development and community service;
  5. 5.Reinforce values such as ethics, integrity, responsibility, and service.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  1. 1.Explain fundamental concepts in the different basic areas of biology;
  2. 2.Identify the inter-relatedness of information delivered by the required major courses as applied in their field of study;
  3. 3.Evaluate the importance of non-biology courses inherent to the program, such as chemistry and physics, in biological applications;
  4. 4.Acquire practical experience and build a team spirit through laboratory group work;
  5. 5.Write legitimate scientific reports which require literature search, selection of relevant papers, interpretation of scientific data, and synthesis of a coherent scientific review;
  6. 6.Criticize scientific findings and evaluate relevant scientific information/ arguments;
  7. 7.Analyze scientific data and use graphic techniques by using the appropriate statistical tools;
  8. 8.Discuss and convey scientific information through seminars and class presentations;
  9. 9.Demonstrate literacy in non-biology areas, such as computer, philosophy, and social studies;
  10. 10.Depict the impact of the biological sciences on society and technology.


Liberal Arts Curriculum (27cr.)

Major Requirements (26cr.)

Choose two Biology courses, 4 cr. each; and choose three biology courses 3 cr. each, excluding BIO 201, BIO 202 and BIO 203.

Free Electives (3cr.)

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

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year I (16cr.)
BIO 211 General Biology I 4 cr.
CHM 211 Principles of Chemistry  3 cr.
ENL 213 Sophomore English Rhetoric (LAC) 3 cr.
ARB LAC 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year I (16cr.)
BIO 212 General Biology II 4 cr.
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
ENL 223/230 LAC 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
STA 203 LAC 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year II (15cr.)
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.
LAC 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year II (16cr.)
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 Year III (14cr.)
BIO 335 Cell Biology 4 cr.
BIO BIO Elective 4 cr.
BIO BIO Elective 3 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year III (15cr.)
BIO 324 Plant Physiology 4 cr.
BIO 485 Seminar 1 cr.
BIO BIO Elective 4 cr.
LAC 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.


Total 92 Credits
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