Bachelor of Science in Biology

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Introduction & Goals

The Bachelor of Science program in the Department of Biology educates students on life processes that span molecular, cellular, system, organismal, and population levels. This education is directed by an unflinching view towards preparing, and facilitating the access of, students for their future careers, primarily in health care; however, the educational system, Emphasis in Healthcare track, and Minor in Information Technology track expand career paths of graduates, including in medical studies, graduate studies in computational biology or bioinformatics, employment in education, and entrepreneurship.   

The educational system incorporates novel educational paradigms that focus on student engagement, practical experiences that introduce students to medical professions, and networking opportunities with healthcare providers. This professional development is integrated within a structure that is based on collaboration, respect, and empathy. 


Word from the Chair

The Department of Biology provides the framework within which most science disciplines are taught at Saint Georges University of Beirut. Offered courses include biological sciences, chemistry, physics, math, and social sciences. 
Our classes are given in a unique way, mainly focusing on students’ engagement and aiming at developing lifelong seekers of knowledge, competencies, and social involvement. This active learning approach encourages cooperative endeavors that eventually enhance team spirit and critical thinking skills among all members of the Department who, in addition to their academic strengths, are involved in practical experiences closely related to their chosen specialties or careers.
Our curriculum revolves around a “pre-medical” focus that prepares students for their higher education specialties at reputable local or international medical schools.  It also provides students with opportunities to acquire central skills in Information Technology by obtaining a minor degree in this discipline, which is becoming more and more intertwined with the medical field. The aims of such a large scope of courses is to blur the boundaries across different sciences and encourage interdisciplinarity. 
Our Bachelor of Sciences program trains students to tackle the challenges of research, especially in emerging, interdisciplinary areas. We expect the majority of our graduates to pursue further medical or graduate studies. Our graduates are trained for a wider range of careers, such as teaching, product development, and consultancy. 
Our department’s strong suit is the plethora of skills that students develop. These skills prepare them for real life beyond the campus life they have experienced at SGUB, no matter what path they choose. These are the assets that are sought by most recruiting entities. 
So what are you waiting for? Join our department now!


Program Administrator

Dr. Elias Chalhoub
Chair of the Department of Biology

PhD in Molecular Genetics - University of Montpellier II, France


English is the major language of instruction at SGUB. All applicants should demonstrate an adequate level of English Proficiency prior to enrollment.


The Department of Biology offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology program with the opportunity to concurrently engage and acquire expertise in sub-fields (Emphases) or other fields (Minors). The following structured programs are offered:

  • Health Humanities – Emphasis
  • Information Technology – Minor


3-year sample course plan - Biology (Emphasis in Healthcare)

Year 1 - Fall
Course Code Course Title Credits
ARAB 201 Academic Arabic 3
ENGL 201 Academic English I 3
BIOL 201 General Biology and Evolution 4
MATH 210 Calculus l 3
CHEM 201 General Chemistry 4

Total 17
Year 1 - Spring
Course Code Course Title Credits
ENGL 202 Academic English II 3
PHYS 201 Physics I 3
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry 4
BIOL 310 Molecular Genetics and Genomics 4
MATH 201 Discrete Math 3

Total 17
Year 2 - Fall
Course Code Course Title Credits
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIOL 320 Cell Biology and Development 4
CHEM 320 Chemistry Laboratory 3
PHYS 202 Physics II 3
CHUM 300 General Anthropolgy 3

Total 16
Year 2 - Spring
Course Code Course Title Credits
SOCI 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
BIOL 311 Molecular Genetics Laboratory 3
BIOL 210 Biochemistry 3
PHYS 310 Physics Laboratory 3
BIOL 321 Functional Morphology 3
BIOL 330 Epistemology of Biomedical Sciences 2
BIOL 340 Medicine and Community (Internship) I 1

Total 18
Year 3 - Fall
Course Code Course Title Credits
BIOL 422 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 3
STAT 202 Probability & Statistics 3
CHUM 201 Cultures and Humanities Exploration I 3
COMM 344 Communication & Presentation Skills 3
BIOL 440 Medicine and Community (Internship) II 3

Total 15
Year 3 - Spring
Course Code Course Title Credits
BIOL 420 Principles of Microbiology 3
BIOL 421 Mechanisms of Immunology 3
CHUM 202 Cultures and Humanities Exploration II 3
BIOL 430 BioEthics 2
BIOL 431 History of Medical Thought 3
COMM 346 Interpersonal Arabic Communication 3

Total 17

Graduates of the Biology program will have the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biological principles, including key concepts such as evolution, cellular organization and function, transmission and expression of biological information, and structure/function of biological systems and organisms.
  • Analyze biological data and draw informed conclusions.
  • Generate plausible biological models based on evidence and cognizance
  • Integrate knowledge from different STEM fields and sub-disciplines
  • Communicate, orally and in writing, biological concepts to targeted audiences coherently and concisely.
  • Acquire, organize, and interpret information.
  • Engage in ethical collaborative behavior to collectively learn, analyze information, and/or accomplish tasks.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and humane aspects of healthcare (Healthcare Track).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology (Healthcare Track).

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