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

Program Description

To obtain the PhD degree in Biology, the student should successfully complete a total of 40 credit hours including 18 credit hours of course work with a CGPA of no less than 3.0 and successfully defend the dissertation (22 credit hours) in no less than three years. Moreover, the student has to pass a comprehensive exam after passing at least 15 credit hours of courses before registration of his/her dissertation.


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 PhD Degree in Biology, The student should successfully complete a total of 40 credit hours; including 18 credit hours of course work with a CGPA of no less than 3.0 and successfully defend the dissertation (22 credit hours). Student has to pass a comprehensive exam after passing at least 15 credit hours of courses before registration of his/her dissertation.

The minimum period of study for a PhD is three years and the maximum is six years from the date of enrollment in the program.

Career Opportunities for PhD students:

1. Postdoctoral position in various biological sciences.

2. Assistant professors of biology in universities.

3. Researchers in research laboratories and facilities, industry and government.

Program Requirements Credits
Courses* 18
Dissertation 22
Total 40

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:

Elective Courses (EC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
BCHM703 Systems Biology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BCHM704 Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Diseases 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BCHM706 Genomics And Proteomics 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BIOL740 Special Topics In Microbiology 3 (3crs.: 2lec., 2lab.) EC
BIOL741 Advanced Topics In Biological Sciences 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BIOL742 Directed Individual Study In Biology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BIOL743 Seminar In Immunogenetics 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC
BIOL744 Bacterial Biochemistry 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) EC

Mandatory Course (MC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
BIOL790 Dissertation 22 (22 Crs.) MC