The Department of Biological Sciences was establishment in the year 1976, with the start of Yarmouk University. In the beginning, a B.Sc. degree was offered within the framework of a major program in Biology. Later, in 1982, M.Sc. degree program was introduced in the fields of biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, parasitology, botany, taxonomy, and molecular biology.
The first group of B.Sc. and M.Sc. students graduated in the years 1980 and 1982 respectively. Annually, about 100 to 120 students graduate from the B.Sc. program, while between 10 to 15 graduate at the M.Sc. level. Currently there are about 500 students enrolled at the undergraduate level and 50 at the graduate level. Since 1980, over 1200 students have received their degrees from the department with over 100 receiving a Master’s degree.
The total number of staff at present is 36, including 17 faculty members, 7 teaching assistants, and 12 laboratory technicians. There are 7 laboratories for teaching and 11 for research purposes. The laboratories are furnished with the latest advanced equipment for research in different fields of Biological Sciences, with an electron microscope unit. A greenhouse and an animal house are also maintained by the department for teaching and research purposes.
In keeping with the pace of advancement in the field of Biological Sciences, the department has recently established a new program in Biotechnology at the M.Sc. level.
The aim of the Department is to provide a modern and comprehensive program in biology to prepare students to work in different fields of Science and Education in the country or abroad, or to pursue their higher studies.