• Degree: Bachelor
  • Campus: Debbieh, Tripoli
  • Faculty: Science
  • Department: Biological Sciences

Program Description

Biochemistry major provides a high quality, rigorous biochemistry curriculum that prepares undergraduate students for various aspects of biochemistry disciplines where knowledge, critical and analytical thinking skills are essential. The biochemistry curriculum also ensures that the students possess scientific skills to be successful in alternative career options in biochemistry and related disciplines.


Chairperson: Prof. Hoda Youssef

Assistant Professors: Dr. Ghada Khawaja, Dr. Jamila Borjac Dr. Tarek Houri, Dr. Bilal Osta

The mission of the biochemistry major is to provide a high quality, rigorous biochemistry curriculum that prepares undergraduate students for various aspects of biochemistry disciplines where knowledge and critical and analytical thinking skills are essential. The biochemistry curriculum also ensures that the students possess scientific skills to be successful in alternative career options in biochemistry and related disciplines.

The biochemistry major curriculum:

  1. Provides undergraduate students with knowledge and understanding of biochemical concepts and principles.
  2. Prepares students to understand the biochemistry pathways and processes in health, nutrition and agriculture.
  3. Includes laboratory work to help students to carry out and interpret laboratory work in biochemistry.
  4. Provides students with the latest biochemical techniques used in both basic and applied areas of biochemistry and related disciplines such as molecular biology.
  5. Promotes the capacity for life-long learning.
  6. Prepares the students for many career options in biochemistry and related disciplines.
  7. Requires that the student conduct a research project in biochemistry followed by oral and written presentation of this project.

a- Knowledge and Understanding:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of fundamental biochemical reactions and processes in living organisms (such as human, animals, plants and microorganisms).
  2. Understand the mechanisms of diseases incidence and the strategies to treat human diseases at the molecular and cellular levels.
  3. Master aspects of the modern disciplines of biochemistry at the molecular, cellular and organism levels.
  4. Understand and practice various experimental techniques of biochemistry.
  5. Merging knowledge of biochemistry and related disciplines such as molecular biology, biotechnology and biomedical science.
  6. Identify and use of biochemical databases and literature sources.

b- Intellectual Abilities:

  1. Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of various biochemical aspects and pathways.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to carry out experiments, analyze the obtained data and draw reasonable conclusions or interpretations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and utilize scientific literature.
  4. Demonstrate skills and expertise in biochemistry for various career opportunities.
  5. Use critical thinking and principles of logic to evaluate problems in biochemistry disciplines.
  6. The ability to pursue further education as an independent life-long professional learning.

c- Professional and Practical Competencies:

  1. Obtain the ability to design experimental biochemical and molecular approaches and strategies to solve biochemical problems.
  2. Analyze and evaluate experimental results and observations clearly and draw scientific conclusions.
  3. Operate and practice basics laboratory instrumentations efficiently.

d- General and Transferable Skills:

  1. Communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, both orally and in writing.
  2. Work effectively in a professional or laboratory setting.
  3. Recognize and respond to the need of life-long learning.
  4. Can function effectively independently or as member of a team.

To obtain the Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry, students must successfully complete a total of 97 credit hours + IC3, where the standard duration of study is 6 semesters. There is one general semester of study for the students of the Biochemistry Program.

The biochemistry major is an interdisciplinary science that provides students with a solid scientific background to open the door to many career opportunities.

  1. Graduate education in biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology and related life science programs.
  2. Employment in the area of forensic science, food science, agricultural research, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
  3. Technical research positions.
  4. Clinical laboratory technicians.
  5. Teaching biochemistry and molecular biology courses. 6.Admission to biomedical schools.

I. University Requirements Credits
* University Mandatory Courses 5
* University Elective Courses 11
II. Program Requirements Credits
Faculty Core Courses 17
Major Core Courses 49
Departmental Electives 9
**Faculty Electives 6
Total 97
*A total of 16 credits is required as University Requirements:

5 credits are selected from the University Mandatory courses list.

At least one course from social sciences and one course from humanities should be selected among the university elective courses.

** A total of 6 credits is required as faculty electives.

Students can enroll in any course offered by the Faculty of Science.

The program utilizes a number of well-equipped laboratories for practical work and research. The Laboratories serving the program are:

  1. Biology Laboratory
  2. Biology Research Laboratory
  3. Microbiology Laboratory
  4. Biochemistry Laboratory
  5. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Specialized Laboratory
  6. Microbiology Specialized Laboratory
  7. Tissue Culture Laboratory
  8. Animal House Facility (Breeding Room)
  9. Animal House Facility (for Post Graduate Students)

Academic Years
2013/2014: 54
2014/2015:  51
2015/2016: 40
2016/2017: 33
2017/2018: 26

Academic Years
2013/2014: 20
2014/2015:  21
2015/2016: 13
2016/2017: 12
2017/2018: 11

Study Plan:

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
First Semester
BIOL231 Biology I 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) FC
BIOL231L Biology I Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) FC
CHEM241 Principles of Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) FC
CHEM241L Principles of Chemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) FC
PHYS231 Physics For Life Sciences 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) FC
PHYS231L Physics For Life Sciences Laboratory 1  (1Cr.:3Lab) FC
------- University Requirements 4 (4crs.) CUR
Second Semester
BIOL236 Immunology  2 (2Cr.:2Lec) MJC
CHEM234 Organic Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) MJC
CHEM234L Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) MJC
CHEM242  Analytical Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
CHEM242L Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3 Lab) MJC
MATH250 Biostatistics 3 (3Crs.:2Lec,2Lab) FC
------- University Requirements 4 (4crs.) CUR
Third Semester
BCHM331 Biochemistry  3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
BCHM331L Biochemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2Lab) MJC
BIOL333 Microbiology  3 (3Cr.:3 Lec) MJC
BIOL333L Microbiology Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2 Lab) MJC
BIOL337 Human Physiology 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
TSHS341 Teaching Science in High School 2 (2crs.: 2lec.) FC
------- University Requiremnents 4 (4crs.) CUR
Fourth Semester
BCHM336 Metabolic Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MJC
BCHM336L Metabolic Biochemistry Laboratory 1 (1Crs.:2Lab) MJC
BIOL334 Cell And Molecular Biology 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) FC
BIOL334L Cell And Molecular Biology Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2 Lab) MJC
BIOL338 Genetics  3 (3Cr.:3Lec) MJC
------- University Requiremnents 2 (2crs.) CUR
------- Departmental Elective 3 (3crs.) DE
Fifth Semester
BCHM435 Seminar in Biochemistry 1 (1cr.: 1lec.) MJC
BCHM437  Endocrinology 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
CHEM333 Physical Chemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MJC
CHEM333L Physical Chemistry Laboratory  1 (1crs.: 3lab.) MJC
------- University Requirements 2 (2crs.) CUR
------- Departmental Elective 3 (3crs.) DE
------- Faculty Elective 3 (3crs.) FE
Sixth Semester
BCHM432 Clinical Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MJC
BCHM432L Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory 1 (1cr.: 3lab.) MJC
BCHM434 Biotechnology  3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MJC
BCHM444 Senior Project 2 (2crs.: 2lec.) MJC
------- Departmental Elective 3 (3crs.) DE
------- Faculty Elective 3 (3crs.) FE

Departmental Elective (DE)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
BCHM445 Biochemical Principles of Nutrition 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BCHM446 Gene Therapy 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BCHM447 Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BCHM448 Molecular Biology of Cancer 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BCHM449 Nucleic Acid - Protein Interaction 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BCHM451 Membrane Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BIOL342 Histology  3 (3Cr.:2Lec,2 Lab) DE
BIOL344 Virology  3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE
BIOL441 Cell and Tissue Culture  3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BIOL443 Food Microbiology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BIOL451 Bioinformatics 3 (3Crs.:2Lec,2Lab) DE
BIOL452 Medical Microbiology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BIOL453 Environmental Studies 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
PHYS352 Biophysics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE