Biological Sciences

Carnegie Mellon's Biological Sciences program approaches scientific problems from fresh angles using innovative, interdisciplinary approaches.

What is Biological Sciences?

The study of living things has undergone a revolution in recent years. There have been 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.

The Degree in Biological Sciences

The undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar is offered in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. The program uses interdisciplinary approaches to tackle some of today’s most important scientific problems, and provides students with an education that has both intellectual breadth and depth of exposure to modern research biology.

This quantitative course requires substantial laboratory experience, and equips students with the skills needed to approach new scientific problems from fresh angles.

What the program involves

The Biological Sciences program has a core curriculum that provides a foundation in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics. In addition to the core courses, the program includes biological sciences electives, as well as general electives that allow students to shape their degree program according to their interests and goals.

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 to real-world situations.

Career paths and potential employers

Biological sciences graduates can gain employment immediately after graduation in academic, government or industry research laboratories. Alternatively, 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.

Typical career paths for biological sciences graduates include research scientist in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical field, education, patent law, technical writer or business development manager.

Biological scientists are experts in how living things work and interact with each other. The Biological Sciences program is ideal for motivated and talented students who want to develop solutions to important problems in human health, forensics and law.

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