Department of Biology

The biology education in Turkey had been started with courses regarding plant and animal science in the biology division of the “Darülfünun”  was founded in 1900, before Republic era. The Biology Department in the University of Istanbul has well established history. With Turkey’s University Reform of 1933, General Zoology, General Botany, Pharmo-botany and Genetic institutes were established in Science Faculty with the contributions of scientist from foreign countries; Prof. Dr. Andre Naville and Ord. Prof. Dr. Curt Kosswig in Zoology, Prof. Dr. Andre Naville in Botany. Ord. Prof. Dr. Leo Brauner was also  among scientist who have made significant contributions to establishing the institution. Prof. Dr. Andre Naville, appointed as chairman during reform, was a scientist who studied biology of microorganism and the chromosomes of various animals.  Fazıla Şevket Giz, Suat Nigar, Melahat Çağlar who studied in foreign country and Fahire Battalgazi from “Dar-ül Fünun” before university Reform of 1933 were participated in Zoology division under the head of Prof. Dr. Andre Naville. Prof. Curt Cosswig was appointed as Head of Department in the place of Prof. Dr. Andre Naville because of his death at a young age. In the period of Ord. Prof. Curt Cosswig as head of department, young scientist;  Atıf Şengün, Saadet Ergene, Bedia Bozkurt and Recai Ermin who obtained PhD degrees from Germany, participated in zoology division. Zoology and Botany divisions were together in Suleymaniye until 1957, thereafter zoology division moved to Science Faculty building. Radiobiology division founded in 1968 under the head of Prof. Dr. Atıf Şengün in “Kuyucu Murat Paşa Medresesi” and other zoology divisions moved to its final destination in current location in 1973. Biology department was founded in Science Faculty in accordance with the Higher Education Law No. 2547 published in 1981. After establishment of department, Prof. Dr. Metin Bara, Prof. Dr. Neriman Ozban, Prof. Dr. Dinçer Gülen, Prof. Dr. Atilla Özalpan, Prof. Dr. Nurettin Meriç, Prof. Dr. Güler Temizkan, Prof. Dr. Osman Murathanoğlu, Prof. Dr. Ayşın Çotuk and Prof. Dr. Muammer Ünal served as Head of Department, respectively. Biology department giving education in Vezneciler and Suleymaniye buildings has six divisions; General Biology, Zoology, Botany, Hydrobiology, Basic and Industrial Microbiology divisions, Molecular Biology as well as Radiobiology subdivision belonging to General Biology. Additionally. Lessons  in the four-years undergraduate education program consist of 240 obligatory and selective ECTS points and seventy percent of all lessons have laboratory exercises. The students at final year of undergraduate program can specialize in a certain area of biology by choosing different fields named; Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Biology, Marine Biology, Plant Biotechnology and Radiobiology. During education, students can take an active role in being a member of Biological Research Laboratory (called as “BAL”) conducting research associated with Department and Environmental Club. Graduate Programs governed by the division of Biology Departments are opened being affiliated with institute of Science. Graduated students in this programs can continue their academic life as an academic member in our department after completing their thesis; students can also do Master of Science (Msc) and Doctorate (Phd) degrees in the some disciplines of basic medicine and pharmacy (medical physiology, biochemistry, histology, microbiology, medical biology, medical genetics) affiliated with graduate school of health sciences or can be expert in the field of microbiology and biochemistry after participating in Examination for Specialty in Medicine (TUS). In addition, student have an opportunity to study abroad. Graduated students from Biology Department of İstanbul University can work as biologist in research centers affiliated with some of ministries including; Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Education) and students also work in environmental directorship of Municipalities, food and drug industries, the research Laboratories of hospitals. The biology department owns many research laboratories equipped with modern facilities, a botanical garden, holding many plant species which is positioned on a 14 decare land, zoology and hydrobiology museums for the scientific or exhibition purposes as well as a rich library. In addition to their professional jobs, faculty members and research assistant provide consultancy services at any time in hour of work.