Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Mathematical and Natural Sciences requirement will demonstrate an:

  • Understanding of the realm and importance of Math and Natural sciences
  • Ability in problem solving
  • Ability to acquire, analyze and interpret data and think critically
  • Ability to communicate scientific and mathematical ideas clearly
  • Understanding of principles and theories used to explain natural phenomena


Mathematics is a group of related subjects that concern the study of numbers, geometry, shapes, space, and patterns and their inter-relationships, applications, generalizations, and abstractions. After centuries of evolution, it has become a body of knowledge that intersects with logic and philosophy and effectively describes natural, social, and technological processes.

Although thinking mathematically is considered difficult by most students, everyone is born with mathematical ability. The minor in Mathematics is designed to enable a student with a significant interest in Mathematics to deepen his/her knowledge while pursuing a concentration in another field. The minor in Mathematics, which is administered by the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, will broaden students’ understanding and application of mathematical concepts to their chosen field of study. The wide range of courses available makes it attractive to students who wish to become more mathematically literate.

Mission Statement

The Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is committed to excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities. The department prepares AUK students in different disciplines with the fundamental scientific and analytical skills critical to a quality liberal education. The department strives to prepare students to be successful in their careers and promotes lifelong learning.


  1. Academic excellence and student success.
  2. Integrity, honesty and productivity.
  3. Strong student-faculty relationship.
  4. Excellence in scholarly activities and research.
  5. Continuous professional development for faculty, staff and students.
  6. Service to the department, college, university and community.


The Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences seeks to be recognized regionally and nationally for teaching, scholarly productivity, professional and community services, and our outstanding students and alumni. We aim at establishing inter-disciplinary research and degree programs to meet future challenges. The department is committed to the preparation of faculty who implement the use of up-to-date technology in their teaching.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the minor in Mathematics, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of selected topics from calculus, linear algebra, and a distribution of other branches of mathematics.
  • Use mathematics to analyze mathematical problem situations, to make decisions and to verify results.
  • Use computational tools effectively and apply mathematics to several fields.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical ideas clearly.

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences are deeply involved in the activities that are essential to our modern civilization. The breadth of the Natural Sciences reflects the blurring of boundaries between the different sciences: biological problems are increasingly being solved using techniques that require an understanding of Physics and Chemistry, while many of the most pressing problems being addressed by chemists and environmental scientists require knowledge of Physics and Biology.

The mission of the Natural Science program is the development of literacy in the concepts, goals, and methods of a variety of science disciplines (fields of study) by offering courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Students choose between a curriculum that stresses a solid knowledge base in biology, and a curriculum that emphasizes the physical or chemical sciences with less intense coverage of biology. Students can expect to deepen their knowledge through hands-on laboratory investigations, and to develop observational and experimental skills. Students will develop critical thinking skills and a more detailed understanding of scientific concepts and methods through completion of a minor in Natural Science.

The broad flexibility of the program is intended to accommodate the needs and goals of students who wish to pursue a career in natural sciences as well as the needs of students who are taking courses in Business, English Literature, Computer Science, History and International Relations, and other disciplines. The minor in Natural Sciences, which is administered by the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, combined with any major in liberal arts, prepares students for further studies and helps them in future employment in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and allied health fields, Engineering, Bioinformatics, and Environment Management. Science-based career opportunities are widely distributed among business, industry, journalism, government, and education.

A minor in Natural Sciences requires the completion of 21 credit hours of coursework in Natural Sciences. The 7 credit hours of science courses taken under General Education Requirements can be used to fulfill the minor.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the natural sciences minor will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major concepts and principles in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics according to the levels of courses completed in each subject area.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving abilities and apply scientific methods to investigate the natural world.
  • Synthesize a convincing argument in the language of science.
  • Acquire adequate preparation for careers in natural sciences and/or be admitted to and be successful in professional programs.

Minor in Mathematics (21 Credit Hours)

Program Requirements

  • At least 9 credit hours must be taken at AUK.
  • A minimum grade of “C” must be achieved in each mathematics course.

Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)

To complete a minor in Mathematics, students must complete the following 4 core courses:

MATH 201 Calculus 1 (3)[M]
MATH 203 Calculus 2 (3)[M]
MATH 205 Linear Algebra (3)[M]
MATH 206 Calculus 3 (3)[M]
In addition, students must complete (in consultation with their academic advisor) 3 other courses (9 credit hours) chosen from among the following:
MATH 207 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (4)[M]
MATH 210 Differential Equations (3)[M]
MATH 213 Discrete Mathematics (3)[M]
STAT 214 Statistics for Engineers (4)[M]
MATH 325 Numerical Computing (3)[M]
MATH 389 Special Topics (3)[M]

Minor in Natural Sciences [Biology, Chemistry, Physics] (21 Credit Hours)

Program Requirements

  • At least 9 credit hours must be taken at AUK.
  • Students must have a “C” or better in Natural Science courses taken for the minor

Core Courses (8 Credit Hours)

Students must complete, in consultation with the academic advisor, 2 from among the following core courses (8 credit hours):

BIOL 101 General Biology I (3)[P]
BIOL 101L General Biology I Laboratory (1)[P]
BIOL 102 General Biology II (3)[P]
BIOL 102L General Biology II Laboratory (1)[P]
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (3)[P]
CHEM 101L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)[P]
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (3)[P]
CHEM 102L General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)[P]
PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics I (3)[P]
PHYS 101L Introduction to Physics I Laboratory (1)[P]
PHYS 102 Introduction to Physics II (3)[P]
PHYS 102L Introduction to Physics II Laboratory (1)[P]
PHYS 115 General Physics I (3)[P]
PHYS 115L General Physics I Laboratory (1)[P]
PHYS 116 General Physics II (3)[P]
PHYS 116L General Physics II Laboratory (1)[P]

Minor Electives (13 Credit Hours)

Students must choose, in consultation with their academic advisor 13 credit hours, of which 6 hours must be upper level courses (300 or higher) from among BIOL, CHEM, and PHYS courses.


ABDALLAH, Mohamad Kassem, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, PhD., 2015, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA.

AL-MUTAIRI, Mutlaq, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Ph.D., 2004, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA.

ALSARRAF, Hussain, Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Physics, Ph.D., 2013, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

AL-SAWAFTA, Mohammed, Assistant Professor of Physics; Ph.D. 2012, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec Canada.

ARISTIDOU, Michael, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Ph.D., 2005, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.

ASSAF, Samer, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; PhD., 2016, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada.

BASHA, Noura, Lab Teaching Assistant in Biology; B.S. 2003, Kuwait University, Kuwait.

CHARARA, Ali, Dean - College of Arts & Sciences, Associate Professor of Biology; Ph.D., 1997, Laval University, Québec City, Québec, Canada.

EZZEDDINE, Rima, Lab Teaching Assistant in Chemistry; MS., 2012, Kuwait University, Kuwait.

GEORGI, Donia, Senior Lab Teaching Assistant in Physics; M.Sc., 1998, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.

JALLAD, Karim, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Ph.D., 2001, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

KANEDA, Masayoshi, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Ph.D., 2003, University of Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

LUKIC, Jelena, Teaching Assistant in Math; MSc, 2015, Belgrade University, Republic of Serbia.

NADER, Joelle, Assistant Professor of Biology; PhD.; 2012, Poitiers University, France.

SAHELI, Ali, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Ph.D., 2003, University of Windsor - Windsor, ON, Canada.

TAHA, Leen, Teaching Assistant / Instructional Assistant; MA, 2013, Kuwait University, Kuwait.

ZOGHEIB, Bashar, Associate Dean - Administration, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Ph.D., 2006, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.


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