- Program Mission
The mission of the Department of Biology at The American University in Cairo is to provide its students the opportunity to explore life at all levels from the molecular to the environmental. The Department of Biology is committed to excellence in teaching and to research in order to provide the integrative and conceptual foundations of life and biomedical sciences, implementing a liberal arts education. The Department of Biology is strategically designed to train students to be independent learners, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and have them ready to contribute to society as responsible and ethical experts in their profession.
We continually strive to be among the best in all we do in teaching, research, creative expression, service to our communities and service to each other in our daily interactions.
We seek to treat all individuals with dignity and fairness, and to promote understanding and respect for a diversity of perspectives, traditions and experiences.
We are committed to exploring the challenges that confront Egypt, the region and the world, by using our intellectual and creative capabilities to address these challenges, serve our communities, and have a positive and sustainable impact on development, business, the environment and society.
We believe that individuals are accountable for their actions, and as members of a community, our individual actions have an impact on others. We are stronger as a community when we reflect on the consequences of our decisions and actions, and we uphold the principles of academic integrity, including fairness, accountability and honesty.
We believe that the pursuit of knowledge, understanding and personal and professional development should continue throughout one’s lifetime.
Program Education Objectives (PEOs)
The PEOs of the Biology department as of Fall 2017 are:
1. To obtain employment in academic or non-academic organizations using the acquired skills in biological sciences
2.To be meeting the challenges and opportunities of the biological sciences field
3. Pursue postgraduate degrees in biological sciences specializations
4. Advance in career opportunities and profession by demonstrating strong leadership skills, ethical, integrity, and professional engagement
5. Engage in life-long learning through professional development and knowledge of contemporary issues
The Biology department, has adopted the ABET a-k student outcomes, as of Fall 2017. The student outcomes align with the department PEOs.
a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
i) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.