Academic Catalog

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

General Information on Undergraduate Program

Biology Program offers courses on the biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles governing the behaviour of living matter at the molecular, cellular, organism and population levels. Fundamental subjects as molecular and cellular biology, genetics, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, plant biology and ecology are supplemented by a wide variety of elective courses to prepare the students for careers in research and teaching in university, and for various positions in food and drug industry, agriculture, forestry, and public health. The Biology program allows students to choose an option among molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and environmental biology fields in their junior year.

Undergraduate Curriculum


FIRST YEAR

First Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
CHEM101 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 5 4 2 7.5
MATH117 CALCULUS I 5 4 2 7.5
BIOL101 GENERAL BIOLOGY I 4 4 0 6.0
BIOL115 GENERAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY I 2 0 4 3.0
ENG101 ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES I 4 4 1 6.0
OHS101 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY-I 0 0 0 2.0
Semester Total:32

Second Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
CHEM102 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 5 4 2 7.5
MATH118 CALCULUS II 5 4 2 7.5
BIOL102 GENERAL BIOLOGY II 4 4 0 9.0
BIOL116 GENERAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY II 2 0 4 3.0
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
Semester Total:36

SECOND YEAR

Third Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS111 PHYSICS I (MECHANICS) 5 4 2 7.5
CHEM231 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 5 3 4 7.0
BIOL203 CELL BIOLOGY 3 3 0 6.0
BIOL206 ECOLOGY 3 3 0 5.5
BIOL251 CELL BIOLOGY LABORATORY 2 0 4 4.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
HIST2201 0 2 0 2.0
HIST2205 HISTORY OF THE TURKISH REVOLUTION I 0 2 0 2.0
Semester Total:32

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
BIOL220 INTRODUCTION TO BIOMETRY 4 3 2 9.0
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
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
            NONTECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
Semester Total:41.5

THIRD YEAR

Fifth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
BIOL303 MICROBIOLOGY 3 3 0 6.0
BIOL351 INTRODUCTION TO GENETICS 4 4 0 6.0
BIOL353 BIOCHEMISTRY 4 4 0 6.0
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 6.0
Semester Total:32

Sixth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
BIOL310 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY 2 0 4 4.0
BIOL352 GENETICS 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 6.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
            NONTECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
Semester Total:35

FOURTH YEAR

Seventh Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
GENE479 CURRENT RESEARCH IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 0 0 0 10.0
BIOL404 EVOLUTION 3 3 0 7.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
Semester Total:35

Eighth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
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 6.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE 6.0
Semester Total:33
Program Total:276.5

h/w = hours per week