Science - Biology

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

Program Description

Biology major provides undergraduate students with the concepts, principles and methodologies of various disciplines of biology, and develops a broad base of knowledge across the sub-disciplines that comprise biological sciences. Students will be prepared for many career opportunities in biological sciences.

Chairperson Dr. Mahmoud Khalil

Associate Professors Dr. Jamilah Borjac

Assistant Professors Dr. Ghada Khawaja, Dr. Tarek Houri, Dr. Rana El Hajj, Dr. Nawal El Hakawati

The mission of the biology major is to provide undergraduate students with the concepts, principles and methodologies of various disciplines of biology, and to develop a broad base of knowledge across the sub-disciplines that comprise biological sciences. Students will be prepared for many career opportunities in biological sciences.

The biology major curriculum:

  1. Provides students with knowledge and understanding of the major areas of biology subdisciplines.
  2. Includes laboratory work to help students to carry out and interpret laboratory and field work in biological sciences.
  3. Promotes the capacity for life-long learning.
  4. Prepares the students for many career options in biological sciences.
  5. Requires that the student conduct a research project in biological sciences followed by oral and written presentation of this project.

a- Knowledge and Understanding:

  1. Broad knowledge and understanding in various biological sciences (such as genetics, physiology, microbiology, ecology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and endocrinology).
  2. Illustrate the scientific methods and techniques for laboratory and field work in different biological sciences.
  3. Master aspects of the modern disciplines of biology.
  4. Identify and use of biological databases and literature sources.

b- Intellectual Abilities:

  1. Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of various biological processes.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply concepts and methodologies of biological science 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 in biological sciences.
  4. Use critical thinking and principles of logic to solve problems in biology disciplines.
  5. 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 experiments to solve problems in biological sciences.
  2. Analyze and evaluate experimental results and observations clearly and draw scientific conclusions.
  3. Operate and practice basics laboratory instrumentations 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.

To obtain the Bachelor Degree in Biology, 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 Biology Program.

  • Post-graduate studies in various biological and Environmental sciences.
  • Admission to biomedical schools.
  • Teaching biology courses.
  • Employment in research laboratories and facilities, pharmaceutical industries and government agencies.

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: 99
2014/2015:  90
2015/2016: 85
2016/2017: 80
2017/2018: 50

Academic Years
2013/2014: 13
2014/2015:  10
2015/2016: 11
2016/2017: 19
2017/2018: 16

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
PHYS243 General Physics 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) FC
PHYS243L General Physics Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) FC
------- University Requiremnents 4 (4crs.) CUR
Second Semester
BIOL232 Biology II 3 (3Cr.:3Lec) MJC
BIOL232L Biology II Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2Lab) MJC
BIOL236 Immunology  2 (2Cr.:2Lec) MJC
CHEM234 Organic Chemistry 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) MJC
CHEM234L Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:3Lab) MJC
MATH250 Biostatistics 3 (3Crs.:2Lec,2Lab) FC
------- University Requiremnents 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
BIOL334 Cell And Molecular Biology 3 (3Crs.:3 Lec) FC
BIOL334L Cell And Molecular Biology Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2 Lab) MJC
BIOL336 Plant Physiology 3 (3Cr.:3Lec) MJC
BIOL336L Plant Physiology Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2 Lab) MJC
BIOL338 Genetics  3 (3Cr.:3Lec) MJC
------- University Requiremnents 2 (2crs.) CUR
------- Departmental Elective 3 (3crs.) DE
Fifth Semester
BCHM437  Endocrinology 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
BIOL433  Developmental Biology 3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
BIOL433L Developmental Biology Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2Lab) MJC
BIOL435 Seminar In Biology 1 (1Cr.:1Lec) MJC
------- Departmental Elective 3 (3crs.) DE
------- University Requirements 2 (2crs.) CUR
------- Faculty Elective 3 (3crs.) FE
Sixth Semester
BCHM434 Biotechnology  3 (3crs.: 3lec.) MJC
BIOL432 Ecology  3 (3Crs.:3Lec) MJC
BIOL432L Ecology Laboratory 1 (1Cr.:2 Lab) MJC
BIOL444  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
BIOL342 Histology  3 (3Cr.:2Lec,2 Lab) DE
BIOL344 Virology  3 (3Crs.:3Lec) DE
BIOL441 Cell and Tissue Culture  3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BIOL442 Biology of Invertebrates 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BIOL443 Food Microbiology 3 (3crs.: 3lec.) DE
BIOL449 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 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