MOLECULAR GENETICS PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Molecular Genetics program in the Natural Science Division at Al Quds Bard (AQB) will prepare students to have a comprehensive knowledge base of the cell, molecular biology and genetics as well as biotechnology. The Molecular Genetics profession is amazingly diverse, with career opportunities in industries, health care institutions as biotechnologists and biological technicians, and in forensic laboratories. This program differs from any regular biology program in that it is focused on the foundations of modern experimental biology. This program places students in a liberal arts college environment where students are expected to not only immerse themselves in sciences, but engage in other fields such as social sciences, humanities and arts, this makes students better scientists as science cannot be separated from economics or politics or even literature. Scientific research is heavily impacted by economic factors and scientists who have a grasp on such subjects can ultimately lead more successful organizations.
The Molecular Genetics program also focuses on critical reading, thinking, and proficient writing; this will allow students to engage in other fields making them better job candidates in Palestine and abroad, also more attractive graduate students to jobs. The program is taught in English, the universal science language, this lead to highly proficient molecular biologists who can communicate well and can produce well written scientific papers and proposals which is a major challenge for international scientists who struggle with depleted funds and less publications.
The program is also taught with a student centered approach, students are not lectured all the time, but instead are expected to fully participate in the learning process through class exercises, readings, scientific literature reviews, presentations and overall discussion participation.
Our graduates should be able to compete well in the job market for unlimited job opportunities. Our graduates' strong communication skills also make them highly marketable with organizations focusing on science related topics such as in industries and health care institutions as:
- Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratory Specialists: diagnosing genetics, cancer and viral diseases.
- Biotechnology: graduates may work in genetic engineering, pharmaceutical development, and medical technologies.
- Forensic Science and Molecular Biology: graduates may process evidence that could be used to solve crimes.
- National and Global Health Specialists.
- Bioinformatics: graduates may apply mathematical techniques to solve biological problems such as gene sequencing.
Students graduating with a degree in Molecular Genetics are competitive applicants for Ph.D., M.S., in basic sciences as well as applied sciences schools. Program graduates may pursue more specialized master’s degree such as genetic counseling, forensic sciences or biotechnology. Also there are many other careers for students who want to combine their scientific training with interests in other fields.