If you’re looking for a competitive but fun campus to complete your Bachelor of Science in Biology, consider the possibilities offered by the Gulf region. This prosperous area offers high quality, modern facilities and committed tutors to help you get the best out of your degree. In your free time, you can enjoy a range of sports in the warm climate, from football and cricket to sand boarding and falconry, or explore the area’s historic towns and markets, as well as cutting edge cities like Dubai.
1. Sharjah University City, close to the international airport at Sharjah, is a district specialising in higher education establishments. It’s home to eight universities and colleges, with courses covering everything from dentistry to police work.
2. Established in 1997, the American University of Sharjah is at the heart of University City. As well as up to date laboratories and workshops, and a well stocked library, the large campus offers student accommodation, sports and gym facilities, dining, and shops to explore.
The BSc in biology at United Arab Emirates University, in Al Ain, has a particular focus on cellular and molecular biology, and on ecological and environmental themes. The university is the oldest of the higher education establishments funded by the government, and its large site is spread over six campuses.
3. Kuwait University has a large biology department offering courses in biochemistry, botany, microbiology, molecular biology and zoology, with facilities including marine and land animal collections, as well as a photography lab. The diversity of life in nearby Kuwait Bay makes this the perfect place to study marine biology.
4. Liberal arts college, New York University Abu Dhabi, is a member of New York University’s family of campuses. The student body is small, but its members come from all over the world, while the campus combines traditional local styles with a New York ethos.
5. King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia, has a longer history than many other Gulf universities, having been founded in 1967. A large marine sciences faculty and a specialist microscope department may be of particular interest to biology undergraduates.
Biology graduates are highly employable and tend to find interesting, well paid jobs, whether you choose to stay in the region or travel elsewhere in the world. The choice of career paths includes teachers and lecturers as well as researchers and scientists, and there are many specialist areas to choose, from microbiology to marine biology. A degree from one of the Gulf universities is an excellent start to your career in the sciences.
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