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Faculty of Science - Biochemistry - First Cycle Programme



General Description
History
The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Ege in Turkey was first founded in 1978 as “Biochemistry and Biochemical Engineering Department” under the constitution of Faculty of Chemistry. In 1982, the biochemistry education was originated as a division of Science Faculty Chemistry Department. At last, the unique department of Biochemistry in Turkey was established in 1996-1997, and is one of the basic science departments in the Science Faculty of Ege University with teaching responsibilities and has a proud tradition of excellence in research. Department offers programs leading to BSc., MSc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Biochemistry. Biochemistry has been defined as “The study of the organization and function of biological systems at the molecular and atomic levels”. Biochemistry has always been a subject of central importance in science, due to its position as a link between chemistry and biology, medical sciences and biotechnology. Biochemistry therefore has close links to many other sciences and has given rise to the new disciplines which has brought about many of the exciting, rapid advances in the biological and medical sciences, and has enabled the development of biotechnological industries that are playing an increasingly important role in the global economy. The program is of interest to those wishing to use cutting edge laboratory and/or computational approaches to address research problems in biology, biochemistry or biomedical disciplines. Specialized research areas are; Biosensors, Biotechnology, Protein / Enzymology, Protein Engineering, Computational Biochemistry and Polymer / nanotechnology.
Qualification Awarded
The Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry is awarded to students who have successfully completed all courses in the curriculum of two main fields of study ("Biochemistry" or "Biotechnology Branch of Biochemistry"), including one month internship period with a title conferred "Biochemist".
Level of Qualification
First Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
Students are required to be a graduate of high school or equivalent and to take the selection and placement test held annually by the Turkish Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM). The instruction medium is partially in English. Students not comprehensive in English must attend a one year Preparatory Program offered by the School of Foreign Languages. Once the proper comprehension level in English is obtained, students can then begin the first year in the department.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules and regulations for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. Transfer can be made among the institutions of which equivalency is recognized by Higher Education Council. Also successful vocational school graduates to continue their educaiton to obtain Bachelor’s degrees if they are successful in the selection and the placement examination (DGS, i.e. vertical transfer examination) are admitted. The courses to be taken by these students are determined by the relevant department, on the basis of courses they have completed in the programs from which they have graduated. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Exams of exemption are organised at the start of each year at the University for the courses of English Language and Computer Skills. The students who have completed the proficiencies for these courses on his/her own or through other means, and believe that they have achieved the learning outcomes specified are given the right to take the exemption exam. The students who achieve a passing grade from these exams are held exempt from the related course in the curriculum.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The Bachelor’s Degree is awarded to Students who must complete one month internship and all courses in the curriculum of each optional programme (“Biochemistry” or “Biotechnology Option”) with a minimum of 142 credits (240 ECTS credits). Students whose Cumulative Grade Point Avarage(CGPA) values are below 2.00 on a 4.00 scale are considered unsuccessfull. Starting from the end of the second term, Students’ GPAs have to be at least 1.80 to be able to take classes of the upper terms.
Profile of The Programme
The Biochemistry Department offers a high quality undergraduate specialist Program in Biochemistry which includes 1 year English Language preparation period followed by 4 years. The last two years, students optionally prefer either Biochemistry or Biotechnology Option as main fields of study for qualification. At the end of the Biochemistry Bachelor of Science program, they are awarded as “Biochemist”. Department also offers programs leading to MSc. and PhD. Degrees. These research-intensive programs are complemented by courses on selective topics in Biochemistry. The courses for all levels are taught by department teaching staff and a few outside lecturers from other departments. In the biochemistry degree programs, we aim to provide teaching in the subject area that is broad based, intellectually coherent and multidisciplinary; that builds on skills and knowledge acquired previously within the program and is informed by a research base of international standard. We intend to produce graduates who are good scientists and who have the intellectual and technical skills necessary to enter careers as biochemists. We also aim to meet the needs of students with different levels of ability and sometimes changing interests. Students will also develop the skills, self-confidence, knowledge and ability that are needed to innovate and will be encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of different perspectives and approaches, including some which derive from disciplines other than biochemistry.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Biochemists are in demand in a wide range of areas and the employment rate for new graduates is excellent. Graduates of Biochemistry may apply to the following main fields of work or employment; Research; Biochemists might join a research team in a university, research institute or pharmaceutical company, using their scientific skills and practical ability, besides some councils such as agricultural, medical and natural environmental and etc. Industry: Another largest area of employment for biochemists 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 biochemistry graduates who work for industry go into laboratory based jobs. The possible industries are; pharmaceutical, food, and brewing. Besides those, there are jobs in the laboratories and in other functions which appeal to biochemists in other industries. Examples of these include; Hospitals; Biochemists can work in a clinical laboratory, providing a diagnostic service in a hospital; National Health Service Laboratories and in university departments of Clinical Biochemistry as scientists and technicians, Education; this is a major area of employment again covering the spectrum of academic ability. A biochemistry degree provides an ideal basis for entering the teaching profession. In terms of numbers, most biochemists 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. However, the requirements are dependent and changeable according to the government policy of Turkish Ministry of Education. On the other hand, at the upper end of the academic spectrum, there are positions in Universities as lecturers.
Access to Further Studies
Students holding B.Sc. degrees are eligible to apply for the M.Sc. programs, and those holding M.Sc. degree are eligible to apply for the Ph.D. programmes according to the conditions defined by individual programmes. A valid score from ALES, administered by the Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) of Turkey and Language Proficiency test is required in English.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Student assessment methods are separately proposed detailly in “indivudual course description” for each course, being based on regular midterm exams, reports and performance in laboratory work and final examinations.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements in section Qualification Requirements and Regulations is satisfactory.
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Full-Time
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Head of Department: Sinan AKGOL, Prof. Dr. Tel : +90 232 3111711 e-mail: sinan.akgol@ege.edu.tr ECTS Coordinator; Suna TIMUR, Prof. Dr. Tel : +90 232 3111773 e-mail: suna.timur@ege.edu.tr Address: Ege Üniversitesi, Fen Fakültesi, Biyokimya Bölümü, 35100 Bornova-IZMIR/TURKEY http://biyokimya.ege.edu.tr Tel/Fax: +90 232 3438624 e- mail: biyokimya@mail.ege.edu.tr
Facilities
The Biochemistry Department has been located under Faculty of Science buildings. The facilities consist of undergraduate student Laboratory, cold room and 6 research Laboratories (Biosensor, Biotechnology, Protein / Enzymology, Protein Engineering and Polymer / nanotechnology). The students are being instructed by the staff of 7 full time Professors, 5 Associate Professors, 1 Assistant Professors and 6 Research Assistants, Due to its interdisciplinary structure, instructions at all levels are supported by lecturers from different related Faculties.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Be able to use basic knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics in life sciences and related fields
2Be skilled in using the data from basic science in biochemistry related issues on a molecular basis
3Be able to connect biochemistry to other life sciences
4Be skilled in using biochemistry knowledge in molecular biology, genetics, medicine, biotechnology and industrial fields such as food and chemistry
5Improve the integration of biochemical data to scientific research areas in health, environment and food from a global and social framework
6Be able to design and carry out experiments, evaluate and interpret data
7Be skilled in using, developing modern techniques and computational tools necessary for biochemistry and biochemistry related fields
8Be able to collaborate effectively as a team worker in disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields
9Behave individually with the capacity for leadership and innovation
10Self improvement through following up innovations in science, technology and current issues with awareness of the importance of lifelong learning
11Communicate using clear, concise language through written and oral formats with the ability to work professionally as an individual and decide independently
12Have awareness of professional and ethical responsibility
13Be able to follow up recent results in national and international fields
14Be aware of quality related issues
15Have knowledge of social responsibility

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
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COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
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COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1
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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 407001152003 COMPUTER COURSE Compulsory 3 0 0 3
2 407001052012 GENERAL BIOLOGY Compulsory 2 0 2 6
3 407001072006 GENERAL CHEMISTRY-I Compulsory 2 0 0 4
4 407001032006 MATHEMATICS-I Compulsory 2 0 0 5
5 407001062012 PHYSICS-I Compulsory 2 0 0 4
6 407001022006 PRINCIPLES OF ATATURK AND RECENT TURKISH HISTORY I Compulsory 2 0 0 2
7 407001132006 SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH-I Compulsory 2 0 0 2
8 407001232011 TRANSITION INTO UNIVERSITY LIFE Compulsory 2 0 0 2
9 407001012006 TURKISH LANGUAGE I Compulsory 2 0 0 2
Total 19 0 2 30
 
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 407001101997 CELL BIOLOGY Compulsory 2 0 2 6
2 407001122006 GENERAL CHEMISTRY-II Compulsory 2 0 2 6
3 407001082006 MATHEMATICS-II Compulsory 2 0 0 6
4 407001112012 PHYSICS-II Compulsory 3 0 0 6
5 407000942006 PRINCIPLES OF ATATURK AND RECENT TURKISH HISTORY II Compulsory 2 0 0 2
6 407001142006 SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH-II Compulsory 2 0 0 2
7 407000922006 TURKISH LANGUAGE II Compulsory 2 0 0 2
Total 15 0 4 30
 
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 407002032006 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY-I Compulsory 2 0 3 7
2 407002012012 BASIC STATISTICS Compulsory 2 0 0 3
3 10420701E11229 GENETICS Compulsory 2 0 0 5
4 407002051997 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY Compulsory 2 0 0 3
5 407002021997 MICROBIOLOGY Compulsory 2 0 2 5
6 407002062006 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY-I Compulsory 2 0 3 7
Total 12 0 8 30
 
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 407002092006 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY-II Compulsory 2 0 0 4
2 407002202005 BASIC BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY Compulsory 2 0 0 4
3 407002242006 BIOORGANIC CHEMISTRY Compulsory 2 0 0 4
4 10420701E11230 CHEMOMETRY Compulsory 2 0 0 3
5 10420701T11232 COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES Compulsory 2 0 0 2
6 407002122006 HISTOLOGY Compulsory 2 0 2 5
7 407002222006 INTRODUCTION TO LIFE SCIENCES Compulsory 2 0 0 4
8 407002082012 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY-II Compulsory 2 0 0 4
Total 16 0 2 30
 
5. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 10420701E11391 BASIC TECHNIQUES IN BIOCHEMISTRY Compulsory 2 0 3 7
2 407023012000 BIOCHEMISTRY-I Compulsory 4 0 3 9
3 407023052006 BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY Compulsory 2 0 0 3
4 407023042006 BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY Compulsory 2 0 3 7
5 407023812006 IMMUNOLOGY Compulsory 2 0 0 3
6 407023142000 PRACTICAL TRAINING (APPRENTICESHIP) Compulsory 0 0 0 1
Total 12 0 9 30
 
6. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 407023082000 BIOCHEMISTRY II Compulsory 4 0 3 9
2 407023572006 ENZYMOLOGY Compulsory 2 0 3 7
3 407023642006 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS Compulsory 2 0 2 7
4 10420721E11370 NUTRITIONAL BIOCHEMISTRY Compulsory 2 0 0 3
5 407023142000 PRACTICAL TRAINING (APPRENTICESHIP) Compulsory 0 0 0 1
6 10420721E11368 STRUCTURE DETERMINATION OF BIOMOLECULES Compulsory 2 0 0 3
Total 12 0 8 30
 
7. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 407024022001 BIOCHEMISTRY-III Compulsory 2 0 3 7
2 10420721E11809 BIOTECHNOLOGY Compulsory 2 0 0 3
3 BİYO.BYO.07 ELECTIVE COURSES I Elective - - - 20
Total 4 0 3 30
 
8. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 407024102006 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY Compulsory 2 0 3 7
2 BİYO.BYO.08 ELECTIVE COURSES II Elective - - - 16
3 10420721E11496 FOOD CHEMISTRY AND TECHNOLOGY Compulsory 2 0 3 7
Total 4 0 6 30
 
ELECTIVE COURSES I
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 10420702E11813 DATA BASES IN BIOCHEMISTRY Elective 1 1 0 2
2 10420702E11815 INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS Elective 2 0 0 3
3 10420702E11817 FOOD QUALITY CONTROL Elective 2 0 2 4
4 407024052006 TOXICOLOGY Elective 2 0 0 3
5 407024072001 EXPERIMENT ANIMALS IN BIOCHEMISTRY Elective 1 0 2 2
6 407024592012 BIOENERGETICS Elective 2 0 0 3
7 407024852006 FOOD MICROBIOLOGY Elective 2 0 0 3
8 407024872006 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY Elective 2 0 2 4
9 407024912006 PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY Elective 2 0 0 3
10 407024932006 EXERCISE BIOCHEMISTRY Elective 2 0 0 3
11 407024952006 BIOLOGICAL MEMBRANES AND FUNCTIONS Elective 2 0 0 3
12 407028012006 INTRODUCTION TO BIOSENSORS Elective 2 0 0 3
13 407028052006 ORIGIN OF LIFE Elective 2 0 0 2
14 407028072006 BIOPHYSICS Elective 2 0 0 3
15 407028112012 REFERENCE SEARCH TOOLS (DIPLOMA PROJECT I) Elective 0 2 0 3
16 407028192012 APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS Elective 2 2 0 4
ELECTIVE COURSES II
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 10420702E11802 DRUG METABOLISM Elective 2 0 0 3
2 10420702E11804 GENE TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS Elective 2 0 0 3
3 10420702E11806 BIOMATERIALS Elective 2 0 0 3
4 10420702E11810 CHEMICAL INSTRUMENTATION Elective 2 0 0 3
5 10420722E11800 TISSUE BIOCHEMISTRY Elective 2 0 0 3
6 407024112001 INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE Elective 2 0 0 3
7 407024122012 TECHNICAL INVESTIGATION Elective 0 3 0 7
8 407024132001 FOOD HYGIENE Elective 2 0 0 3
9 407024142001 PUBLIC HEALTH Elective 2 0 0 3
10 407024602002 WASTE ASSESSMENT AND PURIFICATION METHODS Elective 2 0 0 3
11 407024762006 ANATOMY Elective 2 0 0 3
12 407024802006 ECOLOGICAL BIOCHEMISTRY Elective 2 0 0 3
13 407024842006 PHYSIOLOGY Elective 2 0 0 3
14 407024942006 INTRODUCTION TO NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY Elective 2 0 0 3
15 407024982012 DIPLOMA PROJECT II Elective 0 2 0 3
16 407028162012 BIOETHICS Elective 2 0 0 4
 
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