First year curriculum of the School of Medicine comprises the Core Program given to all Koç University students as well as some area courses. Core Program is an educative approach aiming at developing students coming from different backgrounds with various academic studies and carrying inter-departmental interactions to utmost level, thus preparing them to real life in a best way. Core courses together with area courses are designed to equip medical students with skills required in medical education.

Following table presents first year compulsory courses given to medical students. 

Course Descriptions:

MEDI 101*
Scientific Basis of Medicine I
Series of weekly seminars in Medicine. The aim is to expose first year medical students – including those who are enrolled in ELC – to medical concepts and to the scientific basis of medicine. Each seminar lasts 2 hours and attendance is required. There is no final exam; students will be graded as pass or fail.
*International students are exempt from MEDI Seminars.

MEDI 102*
Scientific Basis of Medicine II
Series of weekly seminars in Medicine and also lectures on ability to communicate in English with a special emphasis on medical terminology development, spelling and pronunciation. Reading and listening to medical terminology, understanding its meaning and writing short essays using terms correctly. The aim is to expose first year medical students – including those who are enrolled in ELC – to medical concepts and to the scientific basis of medicine. Attendance is required. There is no final exam; students will be graded as pass or fail.
*International students are exempt from MEDI Seminars.

ACWR 101
Basic Academic Writing
Conventions of academic writing, content, organization, and style.  Appropriate standards for acknowledging and citing scholarly sources.  Skills are reinforced through different course themes which encourage critical reading, analysis, and the acquisition of informed opinion.

ACWR 106
Academic Writing for Science and Technology
Building on skills developed in ACWR 101, ACWR 106 presents more advanced reading and writing tasks while introducing students to the types of writing, research, and analysis used in scientific disciplines.

CHEM 103
General Chemistry
Atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, stoichiometry, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, structure and properties of materials.

CHEM 200
Organic Chemistry for Health Sciences
Basic concepts and important topics in organic chemistry that are needed to establish a strong foundation in health sciences will be covered. Topics to be covered include: Alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic compounds; alcohols, phenols, thiols and ethers; aldehydes, ketones and chiral molecules; carboxylic acids and esters; amines and amides; amino acids and proteins; carbohydrates; polymers and polymeric biomaterials; analysis and identification of organic molecules (Spectroscopic techniques (Ultraviolet (UV), infrared (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)), chromatographic techniques (Thin layer (TLC), gas (GC), liquid (HPLC), size exclusion (GPC)).

MEDI 110
Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine I
Introduction to biochemical and molecular concepts in medicine. Emphasis will be on chemical components of cells, cellular macromolecules, protein function and analysis, enzymes and antibodies, nucleic acids, central dogma, control of gene expression, recombinant DNA techniques and principles of genome editing. Concurrent laboratory sections will explore experimental basis of these concepts.

MEDI 111
Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine II
Introduction to cell biology and genetics concepts in medicine. Emphasis will be on function of subcellular organelles, cellular signaling, cell cycle, apoptosis, developmental biology, Mendelian inheritance, human genetics and analysis of genetic disorders, population genetics and evolution, genomics and introduction to bioinformatic analyses. Concurrent laboratory sections will explore experimental basis of these concepts.

MEDI 120
Medical Physics
This course is designed to introduce the basic principles of physics, with emphasis on applying key concepts in the fundamental issues in biophysics for health professionals. The course follows logically by covering basic thermodynamic and transport concepts in normal human physiology and treatment and support systems such as extracorporeal devices, artificial organs, and bio-artificial systems along with basic pharmacokinetic modeling on the basis of some biophysical concepts and additionally basic introduction to wave theory, electricity and magnetism.

MATH 201
Descriptive statistics; measures of association, correlation, simple regression; probability theory, conditional probability, independence; random variables and probability distributions; sampling distributions; estimation; inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing). Topics are supported by computer applications.

Social Sciences
The study of ‘Social Sciences’ include courses from a variety of fields such as sociology, anthropology, archaeology and international studies, where human behavior and the functions and interactions of social structures are studied. This area aims to expose students to basic theories in the social sciences, methods of analysis, critical assessment and interpretation as well as building linkages between complex social phenomena. Potential subject matters in courses include, but are not limited to, understanding of human behavior, organization of social structures, interaction of the individual and the society, international organizations, and interaction of the societies in relation to the contemporary world. These topics would enable students to understand, evaluate and respond rationally to the personal or public issues facing them on a daily basis.

The study of ‘Humanities’ covers a broad range of academic disciplines and topics that examine human experience and culture from a critical and historical perspective. Areas of study typically include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, law, arts, literature, ethics, and linguistic and cultural studies. Courses offered under this category of the core program examine contemporary and historical texts that represent human efforts to understand the world in diverse ways through ideas, values, cultures, heritages, and ethical ideals. While covering a range of topics in past and contemporary societies, humanities emphasize to think and read critically, engage with texts creatively, and write and speak clearly and expressively. Humanities help students build an intellectual foundation for free inquiry, understand the factors shaping the thought, culture, belief, and society and recognize the interplay between them in an informed and critical way.

Economic and Strategic Analysis 
Economics and Strategic Analysis’ area includes courses that focus on the interaction among individuals in the marketplace and in the political arena, which involves the strategic decision making as the major driving force. Potential subject matters in these courses include, but are not limited to, the fundamental economic principles and concepts, political concepts and ideas, game theoretic analysis of individual and institutional interactions, analysis of different economic and political systems throughout the history. These courses aim to familiarize students with the issues and factors shaping the domestic and global economic, business and political relations, and how these reflect the character, choices, morals, and the philosophy of the individuals as well as nations.

UNIV  199 – Introductıon to Programming With Python          
A general introduction to programming using the Python programming language. Explore key components of problem solving using logically ordered steps and apply them to problems across disciplines. Gain a solid foundation in algorithmic design of programs and implementing them in Python

TURK 100
Turkish Speech and Composition
This one semester course has two modules that are designed to build up students’ oral  and written competence in their mother tongue for effective high level scientific and professional communications.

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding

Courses offered under this category will familiarize students with the cultural fabric of Turkey and the world, introduce students to a number of artistic and literary traditions, and help them understand and appreciate the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs expressed in a variety of artistic and literary fields in an informed and critical way. It is essential for these courses to expose students to critical assessment, aesthetic criteria, and to develop ability for interpretive understanding; express the significance of different artistic and literary forms as a reflection of human intellect, heart, and soul; and emphasize the meaning and value of appreciating diverse approaches. These courses should encourage creativity and offer hands-on experience or field studies as well. They aim to enrich the artistic and literary appreciation of our students.

HIST 300
History of Modern Turkey
Analysis of history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic from the 19th century until 2000’s. Modules including Empires and Nation States; Citizenship and Minorities; Secularism; Elections and Democracy. The main goal is to familiarize students with these universal concepts while going through history of Turkey.