In this program, students are expected to gain a broad base in biology and biotechnology, practical experience and the fundamental skills of scientific research. Laboratory courses emphasize up-to-date scientific techniques and integrate technology into the learning experience.
The Department of Biology and Biotechnology is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities which are accessible to undergraduates for use in laboratory courses and research projects. Facilities include a fully equipped instrument labs; spectrophotometric resources, cell culture equipment; PCR machines, electrophoresis units and gel documentary system; protein isolation and identification resources; plant extraction and concentration resources.
- Cell counter.
- Spectrophotometers UV/VIS.
- Microscopes with cams & LCD.
- Stereo microscopes wih cams & software.
- Inverted microscopes.
- Epi-flourescent microscope.
- Growth chamber.
- Safety cabinets.
- Gel documentary system with software.
- Trans illuminators.
- Superspeed refrigerated centrifuge.
- Thermo mixers.
- Vertical & horizontal gel electrophoresis.
- Safety cabinets.
- Water bathes.
- Biological lb system bio-fraction collector with lb data software.
The Program undertakes teaching and practical activities in many fields related to Biology and Biotechnology. These activities enable graduates to be engaged in jobs from private and public sectors such as food industry, pharmaceutical industry, food safety and diseases control.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching is based on lectures, laboratory work and literature study. In their last semester students will do a main bachelor research project which completes the study.
For all courses where laboratory work is included, the appearance is compulsory and the students must have approved laboratory reports prior to the exams. Oral presentation of student work goes into the study.
On successful completion of the program, a student will be able to:
- Be familiar with most of the theoretical and practical aspects of life sciences and other scientific disciplines in this area.
- knowledge of general biotechnological principles and techniques plus modern instrumental analysis
- Demonstrate an ability to perform basic laboratory procedures, including the ability to select and utilize appropriate resources, supplies, and instrumentation to solve problems within a laboratory environment.
- Demonstrate the ability to implement safety protocols in the laboratory.
- Analyze and interpret data for presentation in both written and oral formats.
- Insight in relevant ethical problems within biotechnological field and be able to see this in social connection.
Coursework and Assessment
Students are required to finish 125 credits made up of lectures, practical and interactive exercises, as well as well as seminar presentations and examinations.
The assessment is mainly based on the grades of exams, seminar presentations and laboratory reports.
A numerical scale 0-4 in whole numbers is used.
In addition to courses mentioned in in the plan of the program, students are required to spend 40 Days of practical training in schools and/or public sectors that are related to Biology in Palestine or abroad.