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Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Biology - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis



General Description
History
The Department of Biology at Ege University in Turkey was first founded in 1955 as “Biology Institute” under the constitution of Faculty of Medicine. In 1961, after establishing of Faculty of Science, the Biology education was began under the Faculty as 4 subdivisions: General Botany, Systematic Botany, General Zoology and Systematic Zoology. After 1973, Botany, Zoology, Biological Oceanography and Microbiology departments were founded. In 1982, these departments were converted to sections (Botany, Zoology, Hydrobiology and Basic and Industrial Microbiology) and additional 2 sections (General Biology and Molecular Biology) were collected under the name of Department of Biology. The Biology Department is one of the seven departments at the Faculty of Science. Department offers programs leading to BSc., MSc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Biology.
Qualification Awarded
The Master’s Degree in Biology (second cycle in Biology) is awarded to the graduates who have successfully fulfilled all programme requirements.
Level of Qualification
Second Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Bachelor's Degree and willing to enroll in the Master's programme may apply to the Directorate of the Graduate School with the documents: 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 50 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 50. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 25% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 50 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 60 at least are accepted into the Master's programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The programme consists of a minimum of seven courses delivered within the graduate programme of the department and in related fields, one seminar course, and thesis, with a minimum of 21 local credits. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The duration of the programme is four semesters. The maximum period to complete course work in a masters program with thesis is 4 semesters. However, with the approval of their advisors, students can in subsequent semesters take additional departmental courses with or without credits. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 120 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The Master's thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 3 to 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to one may be selected from another Department or another University. In case the jury consists of 3 members, the co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". The Department Chairperson will inform the Director of the Graduate School, in writing, of the jury's decision within 3 days. To correct or change a thesis found incomplete and/or inadequate by the jury, the jury must specify in its report that such corrections are necessary. A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to three months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
These research-intensive programs are complemented by courses on selective topics in Biology. The courses for all levels are taught by department teaching staff and a few outside lecturers from other departments.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Biologists are in demand in a wide range of areas and the employment rate for new graduates is excellent. Graduates of Biology may apply to the following main fields of work or employment; Research; Biologists might join a research team in a university, research institutes, research and development departments in private and public sector or pharmaceutical company, using their scientific skills and practical ability, besides some councils such as agricultural, medical and natural environmental and etc. Another largest area of employment for biologists is industry such as pharmaceutical, food, and brewing, offers a wide variety of work from laboratory based research for those with intellectual and practical scientific talents, to sales, marketing, purchasing and production for those who have a commercial and managerial affair. About half of the biology graduates who work for industry go into laboratory based jobs. Besides those, there are jobs in the laboratories of hospitals as scientists and technicians. Education is one of the major areas of employment again covering the spectrum of academic ability. A biology degree provides an ideal basis for entering the teaching profession. In terms of numbers, most biologists that follow an educational career enter secondary school teaching, for which the best route is via a degree course and post-graduate certificate in education. On the other hand, at the upper end of the academic spectrum, there are positions in Universities as lecturers.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who successfully completed the Master's Degree may apply to doctorate (third cycle) programmes in the same or in related disciplines.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term examination and/or complete other assigned projects/homework during the semester and, additionally, are required to take a final examination and/or complete a final project for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade, the final examination grade and/or evaluation of final project, with the contributions of 40% and 60%, respectively. To pass any course, a Master's student must receive at least 70 out of 100. Students must repeat courses they have failed or may substitute courses the Department accepts as equivalent. The assessment for each course is described in detail in “Individual Course Description”.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations” .
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Full-Time
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Head of Department: İsmail KARABOZ, Prof. Dr. Tel : +90 232 3111801 e-mail: ismail.karaboz@ege.edu.tr ECTS Coordinator; Lale AKTAŞ, Assist. Prof. Dr. Tel : +90 232 3111782 e-mail: lale.yildiz@ege.edu.tr Address: Ege University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, 35100 Bornova-IZMIR/TURKEY http://fen.ege.edu.tr/~biyoloji/ Tel/Fax: +90 232 3112444 - 3112408 e- mail: biyosek1@mail.ege.edu.tr
Facilities
Biology Department includes 21 full Professors, 14 Associate Professors, 8 Assistant Professor, 1 Lecturer, 25 research assistants and 6 technical staff. Education in Biology Department is conducted basically by lecturers in department and some lecturers from outside of department.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Be able to improve the biology-related theory and information by using scientific methods
2Be able to determine the problems regarding biology, setting up hypotheses about the solutions to the problems through synthesis, and to obtain solving skill the hypothesis by using experimental methods
3In applications of biology, being an ethics, responsible, fruitful individuals who are sensitive to universal social values and the interests of the country.
4Be able to gain skills about research project design, thesis preparation and the evaluation of the results by specializing in a certain area of the biology.
5To be able to read, understand and evaluate a scientific article
6Be able to obtain sufficient experience and discipline required in the laboratory and field
7Be able to adapt biological technologies to the problems of education, industry, agriculture, health and environment
8Be able to incorporate into interdisciplinary work

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
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KNOWLEDGE1
2
SKILLS1
2
3
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
2
3
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
2
3
4
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1
2
3

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 BİY-SG-YL-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 30
Total 0 0 0 30
 
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 BİY-SG-YL-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 24
2 YLSEM590 Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
Total 0 0 0 30
 
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
 
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
 
ELECTIVE COURSES 1
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9101025002006 Adaptation Mechanisms in Plants Elective 3 0 0 8
2 9101025012012 Reproductive Biology of Plants Elective 2 0 0 7
3 9101025032013 Methods and Principles of Systematic Zoology Elective 3 0 0 8
4 9101025072002 Numerical and Microbiological Analysis Techniques Elective 2 0 4 10
5 9101025092012 Toxic Algae and New Aspects in Toxin Analysis Elective 3 0 0 3
6 9101025112009 Blue Gren Algae (Cyanobacteria) Elective 2 0 2 8
7 9101025131998 Cell and Tissue Culture in Animals Elective 2 0 4 8
8 9101025151998 Botanical Preparation Techniques Elective 2 0 4 10
9 9101025172013 Biological Membranes Elective 3 0 0 8
10 9101025191998 Selected Topic on Invertebrate Endocrinology I Elective 2 0 0 7
11 9101025211998 Protozoology I Elective 2 0 4 10
12 9101025232012 Taxonomy of the Genera Aspergillus and Penicillium Elective 2 0 4 8
13 9101025252007 Fungal Physiology and Ecology Elective 3 0 0 8
14 9101025272007 Industrial Mycology Elective 3 0 0 8
15 9101025291999 Physiology and Ecology of Seed Germination Elective 2 0 2 8
16 9101025312008 Actinomycetes Elective 2 0 2 8
17 9101025332005 Histochemical Techniques Elective 2 2 0 8
18 9101025352007 Physiological and Molecular Biological Basis of Stress Tolerance in Plants Elective 2 0 0 8
19 9101025371998 History of Vegatation Elective 2 0 0 7
20 9101025392007 Molecular Identification and Typing Methods for Bacteria Elective 3 0 0 8
21 9101025412008 Pathological and Regenerative Plant Anatomy Elective 2 0 2 8
22 9101025432012 Biotic Stress in Plants Elective 2 0 0 8
23 9101025452000 Fungal Genetic Elective 3 0 0 8
24 9101025472001 Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Elective 2 0 0 7
25 9101025491998 Mediterranean Ecosystem Elective 2 0 0 7
26 9101025511998 Embriyonic Development of Invertebrates Elective 2 0 2 8
27 9101025532001 Mycotoxins Elective 3 0 0 6
28 9101025552008 Introduction to Toxicology Elective 2 0 0 7
29 9101025571998 The Biology and Biotechnology of Yeast Elective 3 0 4 10
30 9101025591998 Photosystems and Pigment Systems in Plants Elective 2 0 2 8
31 9101025611998 Ecology of Birds Elective 2 0 2 8
32 9101025631998 Growth Regulators in Insect Development Elective 2 3 3 8
33 9101025651998 Selected Topics on Osteology Elective 2 0 4 10
34 9101025671998 Defense and Attack Behaviors in Poisonous Animals Elective 3 0 0 8
35 9101025712013 Cell Death In Animal Tissue Elective 3 0 0 8
36 9101025731999 Osmoregulatory Mechanisms in Teleosts Elective 2 0 1 8
37 9101025752003 Colouration Animals Elective 3 0 0 8
38 9101025772009 Working with Animal Chromosomes Elective 2 0 2 8
39 9101025792013 International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi, and Plants Elective 2 0 0 6
40 9101025812013 Sampling and Monitoring Techniques of Vertebrate Populations Elective 3 0 0 8
41 9101025832003 Basic Neurobiology Elective 3 0 0 8
42 9101025852009 Extremophiles I: Their Physiologies and Biotechnological Applications Elective 3 0 0 8
43 9101025872004 Cellular Energetic Processes Elective 3 0 0 8
44 9101025892010 Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Metabolism in Plants Elective 2 0 0 7
45 9101025912010 Evolutionary Genetics Elective 3 0 0 8
46 9101025932010 Real Time PCR In Microbiology Elective 3 2 0 10
47 9101025952010 Standard Methods for Microbiological Analysis Elective 3 0 0 8
48 9101025972013 Anatomical Features Used in Plant Systematics Elective 2 2 0 7
49 9101025992011 Advanced Entomology Elective 3 0 0 8
50 9101027172018 Aquatic Birds of Turkey Elective 2 0 2 8
ELECTIVE COURSES 2
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9101025022004 Signal Transduction Pathways in Plants Elective 3 0 0 8
2 9101025042006 Biological Photography Techniques Elective 3 0 0 8
3 9101025062012 Fungal Enzymes Elective 3 0 0 8
4 9101025101998 Biology of Drinking and Domestic Waters Elective 2 0 2 8
5 9101025141998 Plant Growth Substances Elective 2 0 4 8
6 9101025162012 Ecophysiology and Biochemistry in Prokaryotes Elective 3 0 0 8
7 9101025181998 Insect Physiology Elective 2 0 0 8
8 9101025201998 Selected Topic on Vertebrate Endocrinology II Elective 2 0 0 8
9 9101025222007 Morphology of Pollen Elective 2 0 2 8
10 9101025242008 Insect Hormones Elective 3 0 0 8
11 9101025262008 The Mode of Action of Toxic Chemicals Elective 2 0 0 8
12 9101025282012 Developmental Biology Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9101025301998 Mineral Feeding Physiology in Plants Elective 2 0 4 8
14 9101025322008 Recent Advances in Plant Biotechnology Elective 2 0 0 8
15 9101025342008 Toxicity Tests Elective 2 0 2 8
16 9101025362001 Mimicry in Biology Elective 2 0 0 8
17 9101025382002 Coastal Ecosystems Elective 2 0 2 8
18 9101025402009 Advances in Molecular Genetics Elective 3 0 0 8
19 9101025421998 Aerobiology Elective 2 0 3 8
20 9101025442009 Advances in Plant Cytology Elective 3 0 0 8
21 9101025461998 Selected Topics on Reptilia Biology Elective 2 0 0 8
22 9101025482009 Medicinal Plants and Biological Activities Elective 3 0 0 8
23 9101025501998 Biology of the Silkmoth Elective 2 0 2 8
24 9101025521998 Selected Subjects from Vertebrata Hematology Elective 2 0 2 8
25 9101025542012 Genes, Mutations and Diseases Elective 3 0 2 8
26 9101025561998 Algea of the Soil Elective 2 0 2 8
27 9101025582002 Bioluminescence in Organisms Elective 3 0 0 8
28 9101025601998 Physiology of Trees Elective 2 0 2 8
29 9101025621998 Synataxonomical Structure of Turkish Forest Elective 2 0 0 8
30 9101025642004 Methods for Microbial Biomass and Activity Quantification Elective 2 0 2 8
31 9101025662004 Algal Culture Methods Elective 3 0 2 8
32 9101025681998 Wetlands of Turkey and Their Importance Elective 2 0 0 8
33 9101025721998 Mosquito Biology and Eradication Methods Elective 2 0 4 8
34 9101025742007 Plant Determination Methods Elective 2 0 2 8
35 9101025762009 Herpetofauna of Turkey Elective 3 0 0 8
36 9101025822003 Advanced Neurobiology Elective 3 0 0 8
37 9101025842000 Communication in Herptiles Elective 2 0 2 8
38 9101025862006 Water and Wastewater Microbiology Elective 3 0 0 8
39 9101025882003 Bacterial Toxins and Detection Methods Elective 3 0 0 8
40 9101025922010 Phtohormones and Their Role in Abiotic Stress Tolerance Elective 2 0 0 8
41 9101025942010 Metagenomics Elective 3 0 0 8
42 9101027242018 Marking Techniques in Birds Elective 2 0 2 8
 
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