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DEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS

General Information on Undergraduate Program

General Information on Undergraduate Program

Molecular Biology and Genetics Program offers courses on the biological, chemical, physical, and mathematical principles governing the behavior of organisms at the molecular, cellular, organism, and population levels. Fundamental subjects are molecular and cellular biology, molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, plant biology, molecular ecology and evolution. The fundamental courses are supplemented with a wide variety of elective courses to prepare the students for highly demanded contemporary biotech and infotech careers in the research and development activities of the 21st Century.

Mission Statement

To achieve our mission in line with the Strategic Plan objectives of our university, the Molecular Biology and Genetics Undergraduate Program engages in creating a synergy in the field of Molecular Biology and Genetics in research, education, and training activities at the national and international levels. The Molecular Biology and Genetics program aims to create contemporary educational and research infrastructure and to employ competent academic staff. Also, the program always tries to take advantage of up-to-date educational technologies, teaching approaches, innovative software, current course materials. The program establishes contacts with the education specialists of the university for the application of assessment and evaluation tools.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Undergraduate Program is to be a national pioneer and be internationally recognized in the context of contemporary research by prioritizing community service.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Undergraduate Program have a successful career in research and education at universities and research center as well as a career in biotechnology, agriculture, forestry, food and pharmaceutical industry, environmental, and public health.

Program Outcomes

*Apply the most advanced and current experimental techniques in genetic engineering, molecular biology and molecular genetics
*Practice and defend the work safety rules
*Have a commend of scientific processes; critique; design experiments and ask questions leading to theorizing
*Communicate in English and Turkish with high proficiency
*Read and interpret the current worldwide literature in molecular biology and genetics
*Pursue the most recent advances in molecular biology and genetics; explain and relate the advances to colleagues
*Challenge technical and technological riddle and welcome life-long education
*Work individually or as a team member, easily start and propagate brainstorm in a work group
*Employ and defend scientific ethic rules and make them motto for their team

Undergraduate Curriculum


FIRST YEAR

First Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
GENE103 MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY I 5 4 2 7.5
CHEM111 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4 3 2 6.0
MATH117 CALCULUS I 5 4 2 7.5
ENG101 ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES I 4 4 1 6.0
OHS101 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY-I 0 0 0 2.0

Second Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
GENE104 MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY II 5 4 2 7.5
CHEM112 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4 3 2 6.0
MATH118 CALCULUS II 5 4 2 7.5
BA100 CAREER PLANNING 0 1 0 2.0
ENG102 ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES II 4 4 1 6.0
IS100 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS 0 0 2 1.0

SECOND YEAR

Third Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
GENE205 ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY 4 4 0 6.0
PHYS111 PHYSICS I (MECHANICS) 5 4 2 7.5
BIOL220 INTRODUCTION TO BIOMETRY 4 3 2 9.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
HIST2201 0 2 0 2.0
HIST2205 HISTORY OF THE TURKISH REVOLUTION I 0 2 0 2.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
            NONTECHNICAL ELECTIVE

Fourth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS112 PHYSICS II (ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM) 5 4 2 7.5
CHEM231 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 5 3 4 7.0
BIOL252 PHYSIOLOGY 3 3 0 7.0
ENG211 ACADEMIC ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS 3 3 1 4.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
HIST2202 0 2 0 2.0
HIST2206 HISTORY OF THE TURKISH REVOLUTION II 0 2 0 2.0
            NONTECHNICAL ELECTIVE

THIRD YEAR

Fifth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
GENE365 GENERAL AND MOLECULAR GENETICS 4 4 0 6.0
GENE367 GENERAL AND MOLECULAR GENETICS LAB. 2 0 4 3.0
BIOL303 MICROBIOLOGY 3 3 0 6.0
BIOL307 BIOCHEMISTRY I 4 4 0 7.0
BIOL355 MICROBIOLOGY LAB 2 0 4 4.0
OHS301 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - II 0 0 0 2.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
TURK105 TURKISH I 0 4 0 2.0
TURK201 ELEMENTARY TURKISH 0 2 0 2.0
TURK303 TURKISH I 0 2 0 2.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE

Sixth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
GENE366 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE GENE 3 3 0 5.0
BIOL308 BIOCHEMISTRY II 4 4 0 8.0
BIOL310 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY 2 0 4 4.0
BIOL356 PLANT BIOLOGY 4 3 2 7.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
TURK106 TURKISH II 0 4 0 2.0
TURK202 INTERMEDIATE TURKISH 0 2 0 2.0
TURK304 TURKISH II 0 2 0 2.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE

FOURTH YEAR

Seventh Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
GENE473 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL 3 3 0 6.0
GENE475 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY 2 0 4 5.0
GENE479 CURRENT RESEARCH IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 0 0 0 10.0
BIOL423 RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNIQUES 3 3 0 6.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE

Eighth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
GENE480 STUDENT SEMINARS IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS 0 0 2 10.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
BIOL360 SUMMER PRACTICE 0 0 4 9.0
BIOL361 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PRACTICE 0 0 4 9.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE

h/w = hours per week