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Carnegie Mellon Qatar offers new biological sciences programmes

Carnegie Mellon Qatar partnered with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) to start offering biological courses, with two new undergraduate degree programmes in biological sciences and computational biology.

“Graduates will be uniquely qualified to solve problems and contribute to cutting-edge research in fields such as biomedicine, healthcare and global health,” said Ilker Baybars, dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar.

The two new courses will offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biological sciences and a B.S. in computational biology. The courses are offered in collaboration with their associated departments at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.

These are the first biological courses in Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Students enrolled in any of the university’s three existing undergraduate programs — business administration, computer science and information systems — will be able to participate in the new programmes by taking courses in biological sciences or computational biology.

Once the courses are complete and fully established, between 20 and 25 students are expected to enroll in the programmes annually.

The core curriculum will include mathematics, physical and life sciences, computational biology and laboratory courses. Students may also apply for elective courses in neuroscience, immunology, computational biology and liberal arts classes.

Javaid Sheikh, dean of WCMC-Q, said the new programs offered “would be an important contribution to the vision of Qatar becoming a knowledge-based society by 2030.”


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