What is Biological Sciences?

The study of living things has undergone a revolution, with unprecedented technological advances in disciplines like biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, developmental biology, neuroscience and computational biology.

Biological sciences majors make observations and ask questions that help to solve real-world problems. In-depth exposure to multiple disciplines prepares students to be at the forefront of new fields, markets and policy decisions.

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

The undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar is offered in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. The program uses interdisciplinary approaches to provide students with both intellectual breadth and depth of exposure to modern research biology. The Biological Sciences program has a core curriculum of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics.

Students often enhance their undergraduate laboratory experience by engaging in a 10-week discovery-based research program at an on-campus lab or collaborating institution. The research experience helps students apply the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they learn in the classroom.

What will I study?

This program has a distinctive core curriculum that provides a foundation in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. In addition to the core courses, the program includes six biology electives, free electives as well as humanities, social science and fine arts electives. With these electives, students can shape a degree program according to their own interests and career goals.

Program at a Glance

Minimum units required for degree:

360 units

Major/Concentration: 130
Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science: 56
Chemistry: 62
Electives: 111

See degree requirements in the CMU course catalog.


Standard completion time

4 Years

See course descriptions in the CMU course catalog.


Admission requirements
All applicants are required to meet the following academic and subject prerequisites.


Application deadline
Fall Semester: March 1

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Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Biological sciences students are involved in experimental science from their first semester, gaining invaluable experience in laboratory methodology and scientific exploration.

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Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment

Biological sciences students at CMU-Q can choose from an extensive slate of academic enrichment opportunities that enhance their work in the classroom.

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General Education

General Education

General Education includes mandatory and elective classes in a wide range of academic areas, including Arabic, architecture, chemistry, design, English, history, math and physics.

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What are graduates doing now?

Many biological sciences graduates pursue careers in research science in academic, government, biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry laboratories. Others work in the fields of health, forensics, law and education.

Students may choose to pursue graduate studies in a variety of areas such as science, public health, law or business. A degree in biological sciences provides excellent preparation for medical school.

Meet the Faculty

Mohamed Bouaouina

Mohamed Bouaouina

Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Science

Gordon Rule

Gordon Rule

Professor, Biological Sciences

Annette Vincent

Annette Vincent

Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences

Ihab Younis

Ihab Younis

Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences