Discovering Life (NS 201)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences(NS)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Selim Çetiner,
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The objective of this course to give students a broad and comprehensive background in biology, and thus to prepare them for entry into biology-oriented programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences. The course includes an introduction to cell biology, genetics, structure and function of microbes, animals and plants. Growth and development of animals and plants will be covered in more detail. Evolution of plant and animal diseases as well as the biotechnological applications will be introduced. The course provides a solid basis for more advanced studies in all areas modern biology.


This is an introductory undergraduate course which surveys most areas of cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and immunology. This course is highly recommended for students planning to study molecular biology, genetics and bioengineering.


Understand the evolutionary principles controlling biological phenomenon,

Formulate Hypotheses and design experiments to test this hypothesis
Know the structure of cells
Understand the significance of the polymerase chain reaction
Understand how DNA sequencing is performed
Identify the various parts of a gene and calculate the sequence of protein, given a gene sequence
Describe the processes of DNA replication, RNA transcription and protein translation and identify the enzymes that catalyze these biological reactions
Think of all biological phenomenon as chemical reactions
Understand the principles of the central dogma of molecular biology
Differentiate between the different fields of bioinformatics, genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology


  Percentage (%)
Final 50
Midterm 40
Exam 10



Life The Science of Biology 11th Ed. Sadava, Hillis, Heller, Hacker ISBN 9781319010164

Note this book will also be used for NS216


Reading and homework on:
1. Principles of Genetics
2. Polymerase chain reaction
3. RNA splicing
4. Transcription and Translation
5. How to read a gene sequence