BS in Biology

Shorelight- American University, United States

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Next enrollment cycle

December 2021

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First Year Course Fee

USD 54,354

Course Accredited By

MSCHE

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 30% scholarship
The Department of Biology provides courses in the life sciences, emphasizing advances in molecular genetics, embryology, ecology, development and evolutionary biology.
  • Biology majors acquire a thorough, competitive background in biological science and are encouraged to obtain valuable research experience working one-on-one with faculty mentors in research labs on campus, to participate in study abroad and off-campus internships, and to gain teaching experience as student instructors.

Enrollment Cycles

  • December 2021
  • March 2022
  • July 2022
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B-/8

Bachelor's Degree

  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55% 

English Requirements Certificate 

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6 

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20 

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA 

Uganda

  •  Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. In addition, Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level)
  • Examination Certificate with 5 academic subjects passed is required
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B5 and C's (2)
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Bachelor's degree, including Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery; Postgraduate and professional diploma or certificate
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper

English Requirements Certificate

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
    SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

TANZANIA

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms D/4

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

United Kingdom

  • See GCE criteria
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms GCE
  • Bachelor's degree; Diploma in Technology or Technological Engineering or Arts and Design
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
    SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-LEVEL

  • 5 College Preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C or 4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C or 4
  • 5 College Preparatory subjects must be passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms C or 4

English Requirements Certificate
IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper

English Requirements Certificate

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
    SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

TANZANIA

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms D/4

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

United Kingdom

  • See GCE criteria
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms GCE
  • Bachelor's degree; Diploma in Technology or Technological Engineering or Arts and Design
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
    SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-LEVEL

  • 5 College Preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C or 4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C or 4
  • 5 College Preparatory subjects must be passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms C or 4

English Requirements Certificate
IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

Recommended 4-Year Sequence

  • To increase flexibility in student scheduling, the department recommends the following course sequence, beginning freshman year.
  • Freshman Year
  • Fall
  • AuX 1 (1.5ch)
  • Complex Problems (3ch)

BIO-110 General Biology I (4ch)

  • College Writing I (3ch) – W1
  • Math (4ch) – Q1
  • Total: 15.5ch
  • Spring
  • AuX 2 (1.5ch)
  • D elective (3ch)

BIO-210 General Biology II (4ch)

  • College Writing II (3ch)
  • Math (4ch) or elective (3ch)
  • Total: 14.5-15.5ch
  • Sophmore Year
  • Fall
  • BIO-320 Cell Biology (4ch)

CHEM-110 General Chemistry I (4ch) – HoM

  • W2 elective (3ch)
  • HoM (3ch) or elective (3ch)
  • Total: 14ch
  • SpringBIO-356 Genetics (5ch)
  • CHEM
  • -210 General Chemistry II (4ch)
  • HoM (3ch)
  • Elective (3ch)
  • Total: 15ch
  • Junior Year
  • Fall
  • BIO-364 Evolution (3ch)

CHEM-320/321 Organic Chemistry I lab (4ch)

  • Elective (3ch)
  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch)
  • HoM (3ch)
  • Total: 16-17ch
  • Spring
  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch)

CHEM-322/323 Organic Chemistry II lab (4ch)

  • Elective (3ch)
  • HoM (3ch)
  • Elective (3ch) or BIO-399H (3ch)
  • Total: 16-17ch
  • Senior Year
  • FALL
  • BIO-499 Senior Seminar (3ch) – capstone
  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch) or BIO-497H (3ch)
  • PHYS-105 Physics I (4ch)
  • Elective (3ch) or BIO-32x elective (3ch)
  • Elective (3ch)
  • Total: 16-17ch
  • Spring
  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch)
  • BIO-32x elective (3-4ch)
  • PHYS-205 Physics II (4ch)
  • Elective (3ch) or BIO-498H (3ch)
  • Elective (3ch)
  • Total: 16-17ch
  • Biology (BS)

Admission to the Program

  • Admission is through formal declaration of major. The department counsels freshmen and transfer students.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 2)
    Completion of all requirements for a major (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 9)

AU Core Requirements

  • Completion of AU Core foundation requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.2-8.6)
  • Completion of AU Core Habits of Mind requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.7)
  • Completion of AU Core integrative course requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.8-8.11)
  • For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum.

Major Requirements

  • 72 credit hours with grades of C or better, including 40 credit hours at or above 300-level
    Course Requirements

Required (40 credit hours)

  • BIO-110 General Biology I FA5 (4)
  • BIO-210 General Biology II FA5 (4)
  • BIO-320 Cell Biology with Laboratory (4)
  • BIO-356 Genetics with Laboratory (5)
  • BIO-466 Evolution (3)
  • CHEM-110 General Chemistry I FA5 (3)
  • CHEM-111 General Chemistry I Laboratory FA5 (1)
  • CHEM-210 General Chemistry II FA5 (3)
  • CHEM-211 General Chemistry II Laboratory FA5 (1)
  • CHEM-310 Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM-312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM-320 Organic Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM-322 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
  • MATH-221 Calculus I (4)
  • Calculus II or Statistics (4 credit hours)

Complete 4 credit hours from the following:

  • MATH-222 Calculus II (4)
  • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4)
  • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4)
  • Physics I (4 credit hours)

Complete 4 credit hours from the following:

  • PHYS-105 General Physics I FA5 (4)
  • PHYS-110 Principles of Physics I FA5 (4)
  • Physics II (4 credit hours)

Complete 4 credit hours from the following:

  • PHYS-205 General Physics II FA5 (4)
  • PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II FA5 (4)

Capstone (3 credit hours)

  • BIO-499 Senior Seminar in Biology (3)
  • Electives (17 credit hours)

Complete 17 credit hours from the following, or other non-biology courses approved by the department chair, with no more than 3 credit hours from BIO-390, BIO-490, BIO-491, CHEM-465, CHEM-468, or CHEM-470:

  • BIO-340 Marine Biology (3)
  • BIO-342 Marine Mammals (3)
  • BIO-345 Research Experience in Marine Biology (1-6)
  • BIO-390 Independent Reading Course in Biology (1-6)
  • BIO-399 The Cutting Edge: Frontiers in the Biological Sciences (3)
  • BIO-401 Mechanisms of Pathogenesis (3)
  • BIO-405 Introduction to Neurobiology (3)
  • BIO-410 Invertebrate Zoology with Laboratory (4)
  • BIO-417 Biology of Insects: Introduction to Entomology (3)
  • BIO-423 Ecology (3)
  • BIO-434 Vertebrate Anatomy with Laboratory (4)
  • BIO-435 Vertebrate Physiology with Laboratory (4)
  • BIO-440 Microbiology with Laboratory (4)
  • BIO-441 Cellular Immunology (3)
  • BIO-442 Behavioral Ecology (3)
  • BIO-444 The Biology of Birds: Introduction to Ornithology (3)
  • BIO-450 Developmental Biology (3)
  • BIO-451 Developmental Biology Laboratory (1)
  • BIO-455 Endocrinology (3)
  • BIO-460 Sexual Determination and Differentiation (3)
  • BIO-475 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (3)
  • BIO-478 Computational Genomics (3)
  • BIO-483 Molecular Biology (3)
  • BIO-485 Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIO-487 Principles of Genomics (3)
  • BIO-489 Biotechnology (3)
  • BIO-490 Independent Study Project in Biology (1-6)
  • BIO-491 Internship (1-6)
  • BIO-497 Senior Honors Thesis I (3)
  • BIO-498 Senior Honors Thesis II (3)
  • BIO-561 Biogeography (3)
  • CHEM-465 Biochemistry I (3)
  • CHEM-468 Medical Biochemistry (3)
  • CHEM-470 Principles of Biochemistry (3)
  • Tuition 54,354
  •  Housing 21,250 
  • Dining 6,320 
  • Other 2,000 Program Cost Per Semester Academic Accelerator 
  • Fall 2021 $27,177 
  • Spring 2022 $27,177 
  • Summer 2022 $26,421
  •  Academic Accelerator Program, Advanced (2 semesters) 
  • Fall 2021 N/A 
  • Spring 2022 $27,177 
  • Summer 2022 $26,421 
  • Housing Option Description Cost Per Semester
  •  Off Campus Two-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) 
  • The Off Campus Two-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) option, offers a shared bedroom with one other person in a fully furnished off-campus apartment. Each apartment has two bedrooms, so common areas such as the bathroom, dining room and kitchen are shared with three other roommates. 
  • Fall 2021 $10,034 
  • Spring 2022 $10,034
  •  Summer 2022 $6,562 
  • Off Campus One-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) 
  • The Off Campus One-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) option, offers a shared bedroom with one other person in a fully furnished off-campus apartment. Each apartment has one bedroom, so common areas such as the bathroom, dining room and kitchen are shared with just one roommate. 
  • Fall 2021 $10,611 
  • Spring 2022 $10,611 
  • Summer 2022 $6,939
  •  On Campus Double Room 
  • The On Campus Double Room option is a shared room with two twin beds and a shared, common hall bathroom, in one of American University's on campus residence halls. 
  • Fall 2021 $5,048 
  • Spring 2022 $5,048 
  • Summer 2022 $4,720

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