Biology department was first established in 1968 along with the establishment of the College of Science in University of Sulaimani offering its first round of graduation in 1972. In 1981, the department was moved to the city of Erbil, the current capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to become part of College of Science in newly established Salahaddin University – Erbil.
At the beginning it composed of two branches, from third year, Botany and Zoology. Since 1994, branches were converted to General Biology and Microbiology; but in (1999) these two branches were emerged into one branch. In 2018 the department divided to two branches, from first year, Biomedical Science and General Biology. In 1976 postgraduate studies was established by opening Master of Science in Microbiology, Animal Physiology, Plant Pathology and Ecology.
The biology Department is a four-year study that awards a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Students learn through a combination of lecture, laboratory, and seminar courses. Required core courses in the sciences include all fields of Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Biochemistry, and other Life Science courses: Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Immunology, Histology, Parasitology, Zoology and Botany.
The Department of Biology is committed to educate students in the principles of biology through structured inquiry and opportunities for individualized experiential learning. It is also committed to teaching ethical behavior in experimental design and practice to all our students. The department’s instructional program is one of the most diverse and active at the Salahaddin University of Science and Health. Upon finishing, the graduates pursue careers in research or health care or the academia.
Our graduates should be able to work at different sectors of community, especially in medical laboratory hospitals (both in diagnostic and research laboratories) as well as vaccination units and biotechnology. Our graduates are also well qualified to work at quality control centers (for analyzing different agents such as; water, food, and drugs), control and prevention of endemic and infectious diseases.