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 curriculum of the Department of Biology revolves around a “pre-medical” focus that prepares students for continuing studies at local and international medical schools.  In addition, the “pre-medical” curriculum provides students with opportunities to gain central skills in Information Technology by acquiring a Minor degree in this discipline: I highly encourage students to pursue this Minor since it broadens their skills and expands their career options.  The educational paradigm of the Department of Biology promotes student-initiated learning to develop lifelong seekers of knowledge and understanding; this paradigm also encourages cooperative endeavors that enhance all participants, coupled with practical experiences that provide early connections to chosen careers. 

Program Administrator

Professor Hanna Fares
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of Biology

PhD in Biology - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Postdoctoral Scientist - Columbia University, New York, USA

Professor and Acting Chair - Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA



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:

  • Healthcare – 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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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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Dates for submission of applications for the academic year 2021-2022 are as follows:

Regular Application for Fall 2021 Semester: May 2 – August 13, 2021

SGUB offers admission to students based on their qualifications irrespective of social, racial, religious, or financial considerations. SGUB takes into consideration several factors for admission, including secondary school completion, school records, scholastic aptitude test scores, and life experiences. SGUB accepts undergraduate applications from local and international students.

The following students may apply to the Sophomore class:

  • Applicants holding the official Lebanese Baccalaureate in one of the four academic tracks (GS, LS, SE, and LH).
  • Applicants holding a Technical Baccalaureate, yet they must major in the same undergraduate program as their technical degree.
  • Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the French Baccalaureate, or the German Abitur, after securing an official equivalence from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
  • Applicants who completed two years of Canadian CEGEP.
  • Applicants holding the IGCSE in the required subjects (a minimum of five different subjects at the ordinary level and two subjects at the advanced level, or four subjects at the AS level, not including languages), after securing the official equivalency from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.


The Admissions Committee’s decisions are primarily made on the basis of the student’s academic record, English Proficiency Test, and SAT1 scores.
Applicants who do not attain the minimum required English proficiency scores but meet other SGUB admission standards and requirements, will be admitted, but must complete the Intensive English program.
Accepted applicants for the Fall 2021 semester will be asked to make a commitment by providing an enrollment deposit fee by August 31, 2021. This deposit will be deducted from the students’ tuition once they enroll.

Tuition Rate
SGUB uses a flat-rate tuition costing to calculate the tuition for full-time undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Every major has a cost per credit-hour; which is used to determine the total tuition of the student. Students enrolled in 12-18 credit-hours will have their tuition fees calculated for 12 credit hours. Students registered in fewer than 12 credit-hours will be charged as per each credit cost. Therefore, students are encouraged to enroll in 15 or more credit- hours in order to achieve the maximum benefit of the flat rate tuition.

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