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First Cycle Programmes (Bachelor's Degree)
General Description

The Department of Biology was established in 1997 as Rize Faculty of Arts and Sciences within Karadeniz Technical University. The education in our department which has started in 1998-1999 academic year in Rize Faculty of Arts and Sciences of T.C. Karadeniz Technical University, still in progress under the institution Recep Tayyip Erdogan University according to the decision of the Council of Ministers dated 01.03.2006 and numbered 5467 published in the Official Gazette dated March 17, 2006 and numbered 26111.Approximately 15-20 students are admitted to the undergraduate program each year.The duration of the undergraduate program is four years.There are 4 main branches of science, named as General Biology, Botany, Zoology and Molecular Biology.There are 5 Professors, 4 Associate Professors, 5 Doctor Teaching Members and 3 Research Assistants. Our department has been carrying out Master's degree since 2008-2009 academic year and Doctorate education from 2010-2011 academic year.

Qualification Awarded

Graduates that fulfill all the requirements of the programme successfully will recieve a "Bachelor Degree in Biology".

Level of Qualification (Short Cycle , First Cycle , Second Cycle, Third Cycle)

Specific Admission Requirements

In order to be able to study in undergraduate programs, it is necessary to have gained the examination of Measurement Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) and not to be registered to another formal higher education program. For students who will be accepted from abroad the Provisions of the RTEU International Student Application and Registration Directive are applied. In addition, student acceptance to program and RTEÜ Student Affairs Department (http: // are explained in detail under the heading "First Registration" on the web page.

Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)

In Turkish Higher Education Institutions, recognition of previous formal learning, transfers from associate’s degree programs in vocational schools to bachelor’s degree in faculties, transfers between equivalent degree programs in undergraduate students of faculties in the same or different universities, are carried out according to "The Regulation on the Principles of Transition between the Programs of the Associate and Bachelor Degrees in the Higher Education Institutions, Institutional Credit Transfer with Double Major and Minor Programs". The courses that were taken and successfully passed in the previous education programs by the students who have registered with new registration or registered according to above transition procedures; are confirmed by board of directors of the faculty/college/vocational school after the recommendation of the department. Students are exempt from the courses that are considered appropriate in terms of content and credit compliance. However, new students must apply for exemption within ten working days after the start of semester / year courses. In addition, new students are exempt from foreign language courses if they are successful in the exemption examinations made at the beginning of each school year.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The study period in the Biology Department is 4 (four) years. Students need to successfully complete 240 ECTS credits from compulsory and elective courses in the education programme and have an average of 2.00.

Profile of The Programme

The Biology department consists of 4 sub-departments; General Biology, Molecular Biology, Botany and Zoology it the purpose is that the information and ability, obtained through an intellectually coherent and multidisciplinary education, can be acquired on the basis of research at an international standard. To create graduates who are good researchers to begin careers as biologists with sufficient knowledge and technical skills. The program is designed to give students the basics of modern biology. The first year lessons involve mainly physics, chemistry, mathematics, computing and the basic biology to bring the students up to the same level. The compulsory courses in the second, third and fourth years of study involves the Systematics of Vertebrates, Microbiology, Systematics of Seed Plants, Genetics, Plant Physiology, Ecology and Biotechnology. Elective courses are available at the third and fourth years of education. The Department of Biology educates students to enable employment in many areas related to biology. The partners that The Biology Departmant interacts with and is required to interact with are known as TUBITAK, DPT, some ministerial institutions, Universities, Research Foundations, Instıtutions, Alumnis and The Association of Biologists. Our department has a strong academic background to inspire students, and has highly regarded research performance with the support of RTEU-BAP and TUBITAK.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples

Employment opportunities for graduates in general are as follows: they can be employed as a biologist or technician at universities, public and private hospitals, health units (laboratories, test-tube baby units, genetic diagnostic centers, etc.) and as researchers or specialists in fields of chemical, veterinary medicine, agriculture and biotechnology, Ministry of Environment-Forestry, Agriculture, within tourism organizations, the food industry, medical and agricultural pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical marketing, national parks, Research, Development, (R & D), production, quality control, quality assurance and sales marketing, tourism facilities, the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Police General Directorate, FMD Institute, Fisheries Institute, TÜBİTAK, DPT, DSI and municipalities. Our department provides a positive atmosphere to learning and research for students, educating students with the latest technology in modern laboratories, provides students with the opportunity to participate in studies in the research laboratories, directs students to undertake postgraduate work and encourages academics to enhance their lives.

Access to Further Studies

Candidates who have successfully completed the Bachelor’s Degree, can study at the graduate programs in their own field or in related fields on the condition of providing a valid grade in the related score type of ALES and adequate level of foreign language knowledge (YDS and equivalent examinations).

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

According to the provisions of "Associate and Undergraduate Degree Education and Examination Regulations" of Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, students are subjected to midterm, semester work (project, homework, laboratory, practice and similar studies) and final exam for each course. The contribution of the midterm exam is 40% and the contribution of the final exam is 60%. All exams are evaluated at the scale of 0-100 points. There is a requirement to take at least 50 points from the final exam. Students who take one of the letter grades of (AA), (BA), (BB), (CB) and (CC) are considered successful. Students with a semester average of at least 2.00 are considered successful for (DC) lettered grade course. In addition, the applied measurement and evaluation method for each course is defined in detail by the course instructor in the "Course Presentation Form".

Graduation Requirements

For the student, it is needed to successfully complete all the courses in the program according to the provisions of the Associate and Undergraduate Degree Education and Examination Regulations of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University and to have at least 2.00 (in the scale of 0-4.00) with 240 ECTS.

Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )


Address, Programme Director or Equivalent

Head of Department: Prof. Dr. Nurhayat ÖZDEMİR Tel: + 90 464 223 6126/1837 Faks: +90 464 223 40 19 E-mail: Deputy Head of Department: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Serkan GÜL Tel: + 90 464 223 6126/1877 Faks: +90 464 223 40 19 E-mail: Deputy Head of Department: Asst. Prof. Dr. Şule GÜZEL Tel: + 90 464 223 6126/1838 Faks: +90 464 223 40 19 E-mail: Section Erasmus/ECTS Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. M.Mustafa AKINER Tel: + 90 464 223 6126/1477 Faks: +90 464 223 40 19 E-mail: Department Secretary: Emre MERAL Tel: +90 464 223 6126/1825 Faks: +90 464 223 40 19 E-mail:


The students of the department could take part in all kinds of social, cultural and sports activities and club activities offered by the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Rectorate. The department comprises 3 student laboratories for 36 persons (Botany, Zoology and Molecular) 4 classrooms of 80 persons with the technical equipments. The research areas of the department employees are spread over a wide range of biological sciences. Investigations of research areas are carried out in general biology, zoology, botany, molecular biology, microbiology and related branches. The department has a Plant Physiology Research Laboratory, a Botany Research Laboratory, a Zoology Research Laboratory, a Microbiology Research Laboratory, a Molecular Biology Research Laboratory, a Biotechnology Laboratory, a Sterilization Chamber and a Herbarium used for in scientific education and research. Students could take part as a scholarship student in Tübitak supported projects. They can also work part-time in department laboratories.

Key Learning Outcomes
Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇProgram Çıktıları
Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
ATA101Atatürk Principles and Revolution History -ICompulsory2000357
ATA101Atatürk Principles and Revolution History -ICompulsory2000598
ENF161Basic Information TechnologiesCompulsory2000598
ENF161Basic Information TechnologiesCompulsory2000357
KMY111Chemistry ICompulsory3000357
KMY111Chemistry ICompulsory3000598
YBD103Foreign Language-ICompulsory3000598
YBD103Foreign Language-ICompulsory3000357
BIO101General BiologyCompulsory3020357
BIO101General BiologyCompulsory3020598
FZY111General Physics Compulsory3000598
FZY111General Physics Compulsory3000357
MAT171Mathematics ICompulsory3000357
MAT171Mathematics ICompulsory3000598
TDL101Turkish Language - ICompulsory2000598
TDL101Turkish Language - ICompulsory2000357
2. Semester
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
ATA102Atatürk Principles and Revolution History -IICompulsory2000357
ATA102Atatürk Principles and Revolution History -IICompulsory2000598
BIO106Biostatistics Compulsory3000598
BIO106Biostatistics Compulsory3000357
BIO110Essential laboratory skillsCompulsory1020357
BIO110Essential laboratory skillsCompulsory1020598
YBD104Foreign Language-IICompulsory3000598
YBD104Foreign Language-IICompulsory3000357
BIO102General BotanyCompulsory3020357
BIO102General BotanyCompulsory3020598
BIO104General ZoologyCompulsory3020598
BIO104General ZoologyCompulsory3020357
BIO108Principles of SystematicsCompulsory2000357
BIO108Principles of SystematicsCompulsory2000598
TDL102Turkish Language-IICompulsory2000598
TDL102Turkish Language-IICompulsory2000357
3. Semester
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO201Cell BiologyCompulsory3020357
BIO201Cell BiologyCompulsory3020598
BIO203General Microbiology-ICompulsory2020598
BIO203General Microbiology-ICompulsory2020357
KMY211Organic ChemistryCompulsory2000598
KMY211Organic ChemistryCompulsory2000357
BIO205Plant Morphology and AnatomyCompulsory3020357
BIO205Plant Morphology and AnatomyCompulsory3020598
BIO207Systematics of Invertebrate AnimalsCompulsory3020598
BIO207Systematics of Invertebrate AnimalsCompulsory3020357
4. Semester
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO202Animal HistologyCompulsory3020357
BIO202Animal HistologyCompulsory3020598
SECBIO04Elective Course Group 04Elective3000357
SECBIO04Elective Course Group 04Elective3000598
BIO210Environmental BiologyCompulsory1200598
BIO210Environmental BiologyCompulsory1200357
BIO204General Microbiology IICompulsory2020357
BIO204General Microbiology IICompulsory2020598
BIO206Introduction to Molecular BiologyCompulsory3000598
BIO206Introduction to Molecular BiologyCompulsory3000357
BIO208Vertebrate SystematicsCompulsory3020357
BIO208Vertebrate SystematicsCompulsory3020598
5. Semester
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO305Animal PhysiologyCompulsory3020357
BIO305Animal PhysiologyCompulsory3020598
BIO307Biochemistry ICompulsory2020598
BIO307Biochemistry ICompulsory2020357
SECBIO05Elective Course Group 05Elective3000598
SECBIO05Elective Course Group 05Elective3000357
BIO301Genetics ICompulsory3020357
BIO301Genetics ICompulsory3020598
6. Semester
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO308Biochemistry IICompulsory2020598
BIO308Biochemistry IICompulsory2020357
SECBIO06Elective Course Group 06Elective3000357
SECBIO06Elective Course Group 06Elective3000598
BIO302Genetics II Compulsory3020598
BIO302Genetics II Compulsory3020357
BIO306Plant PhysiologyCompulsory3020357
BIO306Plant PhysiologyCompulsory3020598
BIO304Systematics of Seed PlantsCompulsory3020598
BIO304Systematics of Seed PlantsCompulsory3020357
7. Semester
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
SECBIO07Elective Course Group 07Elective3000598
SECBIO07Elective Course Group 07Elective3000357
BIO401Molecular BiologyCompulsory3020357
BIO401Molecular BiologyCompulsory3020598
ISG401Occupational Health and Safety I Compulsory2000598
BIO403Plant EcologyCompulsory1200598
BIO403Plant EcologyCompulsory1200357
BIO405Research ProjectCompulsory0200357
BIO405Research ProjectCompulsory0200598
8. Semester
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO406Animal EcologyCompulsory1200598
BIO406Animal EcologyCompulsory1200357
SECBIO08Elective Course Group 08Elective3000598
SECBIO08Elective Course Group 08Elective3000357
BIO402Genetic EngineeringCompulsory3000357
BIO402Genetic EngineeringCompulsory3000598
ISG402Occupational Health and Safety II Compulsory2000598
TEZ402Research ProjectCompulsory0200598
TEZ402Research ProjectCompulsory0200357
Elective Courses Group
Elective Course Group 04
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO212Museum TechnicsCompulsory3000357
BIO216Behavioral SciencesCompulsory3000357
BIO218Soil Science Compulsory3000357
BIO220Professional EnglishCompulsory3000357
Elective Course Group 04
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO212Museum TechnicsCompulsory3000598
BIO216Behavioral SciencesCompulsory3000598
BIO218Soil Science Compulsory3000598
BIO220Professional EnglishCompulsory3000598
Elective Course Group 05
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO311Microbial MetabolismCompulsory3000598
BIO313Plant Embryology Compulsory3000598
BIO315Plant ProductionCompulsory3000598
BIO317Fauna of Turkey and BiodiversityCompulsory3000598
BIO319Animal EmbriologyCompulsory3000598
BIO321Food MicrobiologyCompulsory3000598
BIO323Soil MicrobiologyCompulsory3000598
BIO327Apoptosis and Cancer BiologyCompulsory3000598
BIO329Biology HistoryCompulsory3000598
Elective Course Group 05
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO311Microbial MetabolismCompulsory3000357
BIO313Plant Embryology Compulsory3000357
BIO315Plant ProductionCompulsory3000357
BIO317Fauna of Turkey and BiodiversityCompulsory3000357
BIO319Animal EmbriologyCompulsory3000357
BIO321Food MicrobiologyCompulsory3000357
BIO323Soil MicrobiologyCompulsory3000357
BIO327Apoptosis and Cancer BiologyCompulsory3000357
BIO329Biology HistoryCompulsory3000357
Elective Course Group 06
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO310Industrial PlantsCompulsory3000357
BIO312Microbial geneticsCompulsory3000357
BIO314Medical MicrobiologyCompulsory3000357
BIO316Plant PatologyCompulsory3000357
BIO318Plant NutrıtıonCompulsory3000357
BIO320GMO and BiosafetyCompulsory3000357
BIO322Herbarium TechniquesCompulsory3000357
BIO324Biological ControlCompulsory3000357
BIO326Turkey WildlifeCompulsory3000357
BIO330Environmental MicrobiologyCompulsory3000357
Elective Course Group 06
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO310Industrial PlantsCompulsory3000598
BIO312Microbial geneticsCompulsory3000598
BIO314Medical MicrobiologyCompulsory3000598
BIO316Plant PatologyCompulsory3000598
BIO318Plant NutrıtıonCompulsory3000598
BIO320GMO and BiosafetyCompulsory3000598
BIO322Herbarium TechniquesCompulsory3000598
BIO324Biological ControlCompulsory3000598
BIO326Turkey WildlifeCompulsory3000598
BIO330Environmental MicrobiologyCompulsory3000598
Elective Course Group 07
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO407Human GeneticsCompulsory3000598
BIO409Physiology of Plant DevelopmentCompulsory3000598
BIO411Genomics and Proteomics Compulsory3000598
BIO415Human AnatomyCompulsory3000598
BIO419Plant GeographyCompulsory3000598
BIO421Medicinal PlantsCompulsory3000598
BIO423Environmental Impact and AssesmentCompulsory3000598
BIO429Plant BiochemistryCompulsory3000598
Elective Course Group 07
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO407Human GeneticsCompulsory3000357
BIO409Physiology of Plant DevelopmentCompulsory3000357
BIO411Genomics and Proteomics Compulsory3000357
BIO415Human AnatomyCompulsory3000357
BIO419Plant GeographyCompulsory3000357
BIO421Medicinal PlantsCompulsory3000357
BIO423Environmental Impact and AssesmentCompulsory3000357
BIO429Plant BiochemistryCompulsory3000357
Elective Course Group 08
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO408Forensic Biology Compulsory3000598
BIO410Industrial BiotechnologyCompulsory3000598
BIO420Vegetation ScienceCompulsory3000598
BIO422Economic BotanyCompulsory3000598
BIO426Experimental Animals and Experimental TechniquesCompulsory3000598
Elective Course Group 08
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of CourseTPLECTSMufredatID
BIO408Forensic Biology Compulsory3000357
BIO410Industrial BiotechnologyCompulsory3000357
BIO420Vegetation ScienceCompulsory3000357
BIO422Economic BotanyCompulsory3000357
BIO426Experimental Animals and Experimental TechniquesCompulsory3000357