The Biology Laboratory is equipped with many facilities, which support
teaching and research across the biology curriculum. Disciplines
- Microbiology: Culture and analysis of viral, bacterial and parasitic species;
- Molecular biology: DNA purification, analysis, and
manipulation, with preliminary PCR facilities for DNA amplification.
Other available equipment such as an electroporator, promote research
studies that require electrotransformation or transfection of cells;
- Cell culture : Preparation, culture and cryopreservation of animal cells;
- Plant biology : Plant cell culture and analysis;
- Histology : Histological assessment and histopathological examination of tissue samples.
Available equipment include microscopes (including a laser scanning
microscope) and photomicrographic systems, biological safety cabinets,
incubators, liquid nitrogen containers, diurnal growth chamber,
autoclave, centrifuges, ovens, microtome, paraffin histoembedder,
electrophoresis and blotting apparatus, thermal cycler (RT-PCR),
flowcytometer, Rodent tail cuff blood pressure system, chromatography
systems, in addition to an animal house, green house, and herbarium
The Chemistry Laboratory provides a wide variety of facilities to
support chemistry students and faculty members' research and teaching.
Students are introduced to the fundamental quantitative, organic, and
food analysis experimental methods through experiments in:
- Chromatographic analysis of alcohol content in beverages;
- Determination of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in foods;
- Properties of enzymes;
- Browning reactions in foods;
- Spectrophotometric determination of analytes in different sample types;
- Water analysis;
- Precipitation and complexation titrations.
In addition, an analytical unit houses a number of modern equipment such
as UHPLC, GC/GCMS, FTIR, AA, etc., gas chromatograph, UV-visible
spectrophotometers, digestion-distillation unit for nitrogen
determination, solvent extraction apparatus, digital densimeter,
electronic refractometer, pH meters, ion-selective electrodes, etc.
Geology Laboratory courses are held in the Sciences Lab building and are
supported by a varied collection of rock-forming minerals, including
silicates, carbonates, sulfates, fluorides, and oxides, as well as a
core collection of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
Additional teaching support of sample specimens is provided by the Stone
Wing Museum, which houses a rich collection of minerals and
archaeological items from Lebanon.
The Physics Laboratory at NDU is a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory,
offering computer controlled data acquisition and analysis as well as
interesting experiments covering a wide range of topics in physics.
Experimental work goes hand in hand with the theoretical physics courses
at NDU. The physics lab is well equipped to allow students perform
experiments that will help them understand the physical phenomena
covered in the classroom. In many cases, the experiments follow closely
the lecture courses leading to a better understanding of the physics.
Moussa and Farid Raphael Observatory
NDU has an on-campus observatory that contains a 60cm telescope equipped
with a set of research-grade equipment consisting of CCD cameras,
filters, and spectrograph. It is the most well-equipped observatory in
the Arab countries and its telescope is the largest in the Arab Middle
East. The observatory is made possible by a generous donation from His
Excellency Ambassador Gilbert Chaghoury.
The Department of Sciences houses a meteorological station that provides
climatic data for the Keserwan area. This station is supported by the
The tutoring center helps the students in remedial, freshman, and sophomore in math, biology, physics and computer science.