Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department

The Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department is committed to teaching students the quantitative, scientific, and rational reasoning skills that are integral to a liberal arts education. These skills provide a foundation for further study in various scientific and technological fields. Courses compose a significant part of the AUIS core curriculum, and the Department works closely with degree-granting departments to address the quantitative and scientific needs of their students.


  • Provide all AUIS students with an education in mathematics and sciences which will serve as part of a foundation for long-life learning of science and math.
  • Offer a high-quality course of study in mathematics and the natural sciences that integrates with and responds to the needs of other academic departments.
  • Support and engage students in scientific research.
  • Increase the students’ appreciation of mathematics and sciences, and develop quantitative and scientific reasoning skills.
  • Build students confidence in their abilities to understand and apply mathematics.
  • Provide new interdisciplinary programs, and increase the availability of math and science courses for AUIS students.
  • Integrate more technology into each and every math and science course taught at AUIS.

Minor in Geoscience 

The Geoscience minor gives AUIS students an opportunity to study Earth’s patterns and processes while learning how to apply their knowledge to solve real world problems. The minor provides a background in the physical, chemical, and ecological properties of the Earth’s surface, and allows students to examine how they interact in laboratory and field setting. Energy, water, and minerals are critical natural resources in Iraq. They have and will continue to play important roles in regional and (more so) in global geopolitics. In addition to gaining basic scientific knowledge of these resources, a minor in Geoscience will give students the technical background necessary to be employable in industries that depend on them, including petroleum and mineral extraction, natural resource management, and environmental consulting. Students must choose 5 of the following courses; at least one course must be 300-level, and at least one must be 400-level. 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours


ENV 202

Introduction to Earth Science


SCI 102

CHEM 232

Chemistry I


SCI 102 and MTH 133

GEOL 232

Introduction to Geology


SCI 101

SCI 240

Physical and Ecological Processes


SCI 102

SCI 323

Freshwater Science


SCI 102, instructor permission

GEOL 432

Special Topics in Geological Sciences:  Energy, Environment, and Climate Change


GEOL 232