• Degree: Master
  • Campus: Debbieh
  • Faculty: Science
  • Department: Biological Sciences

Program Description

To obtain the Master Degree in Biology, the student has to successfully complete a total of 36 credit hours including 30 credit hours of course work with a CGPA of no less than 2.33 and successfully defend the thesis (6 credit hours) in no less than two years.


Chairperson: Prof. Hoda Youssef

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

The mission of the Biology Graduate Program is to achieve national and international recognition for integrated research and education in the biological sciences. Students will be prepared for many career opportunities in biological sciences.

The objectives of the graduate program in Biology are to:

  1. Engage the student with current developments in bioscience and their applications.
  2. Gain a thorough understanding of scientific research and interpret laboratory and field work in biological sciences.
  3. Promote the capacity for life-long learning.
  4. Prepare the students for many career options in biological sciences.
  5. Guide students to carry out scientific projects and publish in high ranked scientific journals.

a- Knowledge and Understanding:

  1. Master aspects of the modern disciplines of biology.
  2. Highlight the interdisciplinary approach of biology.
  3. Illustrate the scientific methods and techniques for laboratory and field work in different biological sciences.
  4. Identify and efficiently use of biological databases and literature sources.

b- Intellectual Abilities:

  1. Demonstrate a wide knowledge of major concepts, principles and theories associated with biology.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply concepts and methodologies of biological science to carry out research projects, analyze the obtained data and draw reasonable conclusions and interpretation of the data obtained.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and utilize scientific literature in biological sciences.
  4. Use critical thinking and principles of logic to solve problems in biology disciplines.
  5. Show the ability to pursue further education as an independent life-long professional learning.
  6. Demonstrate skills and expertise in biology disciplines for various career opportunities.

c- Professional and Practical Competencies:

  1. Design plans and conduct research projects to solve problems in biological sciences.
  2. Conduct research projects and report papers results and observations clearly.
  3. Operate laboratory instrumentation efficiently.
  4. Conduct excellent critical thinking and formulation of scientific hypotheses.

d- General and Transferable Skills:

  1. Effective scientific communication skills, both in written and orally.
  2. Work effectively either independently or in multi-disciplinary teams.
  3. Recognize and respond to the need for lifelong self-learning for a successful career.
  4. Use effective interpersonal and team working skills including demonstrating an appreciation of interdisciplinary nature of science and of the validity of different points of view.
  5. Self-manage and pursue professional development and think independently, set tasks and solve problems.

To obtain the Master Degree in Biology, The student has to successfully complete a total of 36 credit hours including 30 credit hours of course work with a CGPA of no less than 2.33 and successfully defend the thesis (6 credit hours).

The minimum period of study for a Master degree is two years and the maximum is five years from the date of enrollment in the program.

Career Opportunities for master students

  1. Graduate studies in various biological sciences.
  2. Employment in the area of microbiology, food science and biotechnology.
  3. Teaching biology courses.
  4. Researchers in research laboratories and facilities, industry and government.

Program Requirements Credits
Core Courses 18
Elective Courses 12
Thesis 6
Total 36

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)

Study Plan:

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
First Semester
BIOL651 Advanced Microbiology 3 (3crs.: 2lec., 2lab.) MC
GNSC621 Technical Writing And Research Skills 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MC
MATH645 Applied Statistics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MC
------- Elective (Dept) 6 (6crs.) MC
Second Semester
BCHM612 Research Techniques 3 (3crs.: 2lec., 2lab.)  MC
BIOL650 Advanced Topics In Molecular Biology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MC
BIOL652  Advanced Cell Biology 3 (3crs.: 2lec., 2lab.) MC
------- Elective (Dept) 6 (6crs.) MC

Elective Courses (EC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
BCHM616 Mammalian Toxicology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BCHM617 Advanced Plant Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BIOL653 Advanced Immunology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BIOL654  Independent Study In Biology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BIOL655 Neurobiology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BIOL656 Special Topics In Zoology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BIOL657 Plant Biotechnology 3 (3crs: 3lec.) EC

Mandatory Course (MC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
BIOL690 Thesis 6 (6 Crs.) MC