Department head's message

Our programs are aligned with the global mission to transform our world and advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations.
Dr. Naveed Khan

Welcome to the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences!

In an ever-changing world, we aim to equip our students with the skills required to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet. Our programs are aligned with the global mission to transform our world and advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations, which aims to mobilize global efforts to end poverty, foster peace and protect the planet. By bringing together the multidisciplinary expertise of highly qualified faculty and staff, the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences builds on the many strengths of these disciplines in research and teaching, so as to allow sustained future growth in all areas. To achieve this, we offer programs in biosciences, chemistry and environmental sciences.  

Students from the UAE and around the world are welcome to apply to our innovative degree programs. We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm with you and to work with you to solve global challenges! 

Dr. Naveed Khan

Professor and Head 


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College of Arts and Sciences

Muneera Fayyad

The solid education and research experience I have gained during my studies at AUS made me a competitive candidate for graduate studies immediately after graduation. The fact that professors at AUS are highly qualified, very approachable and always willing to push students to their fullest potential makes a big difference to the student experience in this department. I believe my time at AUS has formed a major part of my academic journey and allowed me to discover my passion for biomedical research. Soon after graduating, I  completed my master's degree in biological and biomedical sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases, at the same university.

College of Arts and Sciences

Erika Aguzzi

The years we attend university are integral for our development as adults and professionals in our field of choice. American University of Sharjah provides a diverse and complete syllabus for the sciences, exposing students to different areas and allowing them to discover what their specific interests are. Overall, being a biology student at AUS demands hard work and dedication. This academic experience ultimately prepared me for my master's degree in integrative neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, as well as for currently pursuing a PhD in Neurology at University College of London.

College of Arts and Sciences

Aya Abdalla

Graduate Research Assistant, University of South Carolina, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science at AUS provided me with an excellent opportunity to study multiple disciplines of chemistry in a setting that encouraged undergraduate research. As an undergraduate, the curriculum and facilities helped prepare me to pursue a graduate degree and put me on equal ground with students from top universities around the world.  The professors always went the extra mile for their dedication to make sure students received the best education and hands-on experience possible.

College of Arts and Sciences

Rabab Al Araji

AUS challenged me and definitely helped prepare me for graduate school in the United States. The events and field trips conducted by the professors were memorable and turned our cohort into close friends.

Bachelor of Science in Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Solmaz Karimi

When I was looking at potential schools for my Doctor of Pharmacy degree, I looked for the kinds of students that graduated from the school rather than the kind that the school took in. When I measure success in an institution or program, I look at the impact the graduates of that school have on society. I’m very proud to say that American University of Sharjah has one of the most impactful class of graduates in the region each year. Furthermore, the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at AUS tailors education to meet the needs of all students regardless of their academic background and creates competitive candidates for graduate schools as well as industry.