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 students for their future careers, primarily in health care; however, the educational system, Emphasis in Health Humanities 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 Faculty of Arts and Sciences 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 student engagement and aiming at developing lifelong seekers of knowledge, concrete 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 are to blur the boundaries across different fields and encourage interdisciplinary. 
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 strength and uniqueness lie in the plethora of skills that students develop through curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences. These skills prepare them to engage in their professional careers, irrespective of the path they choose. These skills are the assets that are sought by most academic and corporate 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

Why Study Biology at SGUB?

Choosing our Bachelor of Science in Biology opens doors to a world of opportunities. Our graduates are accomplished Students with a wide area of skills and abilities: 

  • 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
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology


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

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). All programs equip our graduates with the necessary information and skills to take the MCAT exam and apply to national or international medical schools, as well as national and international graduate programs.
The following structured programs are offered

General Biology Track - 99 Credits


Health Humanities – Emphasis – 101 Credits


Information Technology – Minor – 105 Credits

Assessing the Quality of Education

We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic delivery and assessment. We have a dedicated quality assurance team that ensures the effectiveness of our teaching methodologies, course materials, and evaluation processes. Regular feedback from students and faculty members is collected and analyzed to identify areas for improvement and implement necessary changes. Our continuous efforts in quality assurance aim to provide an exceptional learning experience and equip our students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in their academic and professional journeys.

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The Saint George University of Beirut (SGUB), built on established traditions of education, healthcare, and community service, located adjacent to Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, in the heart of Beirut, is a vibrant place to learn, develop, and establish solid foundations for future careers and aspirations.
We are pleased that you have chosen to learn more about undergraduate studies at SGUB, and we hope that you will apply during the coming months. Please examine the provided information about the academic requirements, procedures, and deadlines before you complete your application.

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Active Learning and Outcome-Based Education

All our classrooms are designed for student engagement; our faculty members are trained in active learning pedagogies.  Through active learning and engagement, students take ownership of their education, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, communication skills, and teamwork. 
At SGUB, we prioritize Outcome-Based Education and Assessment. By defining clear learning outcomes in every course and for the program, we provide the platform for the development of crucial competencies for each individual student. Students can also use the learning outcomes assessments as vehicles to drive their own growth.

Faculty Members

Our department boasts a talented and diverse group of faculty members who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom, creating an engaging and intellectually stimulating learning environment. Our faculty members are actively engaged in research and industry collaborations, ensuring that our curriculum remains at the forefront of technological advancements. Through integrating theoretical knowledge with practical application, our faculty members foster innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills among our students.

Student Development Opportunities

Our department offers several unique and innovative mechanisms to develop students beyond their curricula.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships
As part of our commitment to fostering a research-driven environment, we offer research assistantship opportunities to motivated undergraduate students. Research assistants work closely with faculty members on cutting-edge research projects, contributing to advancements in the field. This hands-on experience allows students to develop research skills, gain exposure to state-of-the-art methodologies, and collaborate with leading researchers. Research assistantships enhance students' academic portfolios and are potential avenues for peer-reviewed publication.

Undergraduate Student Mentoring
Our peer-mentoring program provides students with the opportunity to receive additional assistance and guidance from their fellow students who have excelled in their courses. Peer mentors are carefully selected based on their academic achievements and teaching abilities; they provide personalized tutoring sessions, offer study tips and strategies, and help students build confidence in their understanding of the subject matter. Peer mentoring is a valuable resource that promotes collaborative learning and academic success among our students.
As a recognition of their commitment to supporting their peers, students who actively participate in Undergraduate Student Mentoring receive certificates of achievement from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. These certificates serve as a testament to their academic excellence and valuable contributions to the learning community.

Undergraduate Course Assistantships
Undergraduate Course Assistants are selected based on their academic achievements and teaching abilities; they assist faculty members in delivering courses that the students had already taken and demonstrated proficiency. Undergraduate Course Assistants develop teaching and communication skills, and demonstrate a passion for fostering the growth of their fellow students.
As a recognition of their commitment, students who serve as Undergraduate Course Assistants receive certificates of achievement from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. These certificates serve as a testament their academic excellence and valuable contributions to the learning community.

Student Life
Learning extends beyond the classroom, and student life at our department reflects our commitment to holistic development. Students can participate in various clubs and events. These opportunities foster collaboration, leadership, and personal growth, while also building a strong sense of community among students.

Facilities and Resources
We provide state-of-the-art facilities and resources to support teaching, research, and innovation. Our laboratories and state-of-the-art classes offer students and faculty members the tools they need to explore, experiment, and excel in their respective areas of interest.

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