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Undergraduate course

Cell Biology and Genetics

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

Place of Instruction


Learning Outcomes

 On completion of the course students should:

  • understand the basic chemical foundation of life, know the structure and function of the main molecular building blocks and be conversant with how, when and where biological molecules interact with each other
  • comprehend the organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and the role that different sub-cellular organelles play in biological processes
  • exhibit knowledge of energy transformation, enzymatic reactions, metabolism, catabolism and photosynthesis and how these processes are organized with reference to cellular structure
  • know the mechanistic fundamentals of how cells communicate with each other
  • have a basic understanding of how cells progress through the cell cycle and divide
  • be able to explain both sexual and asexual life cycles and the process of meiosis
  • understand the chromosomal and molecular bases of genetic inheritance, the means by which information is transduced from genes to RNAs and proteins and how the expression of genes is regulated
  • gain perspectives on how genomes and organisms evolve and on the evolutionary history of biodiversity
  • obtain a basic understanding of the mechanisms through which cells differentiate and animals develop.
  • understand the fundamentals of experimental design, exhibit competence in the laboratory environment and be able to analyze and interpret experimental data
  • obtain experience in the concise and rigorous presentation of scientific information to a scientifically literate audience

Required Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Forms of Assessment

The course has following assessment

  • Mid-term exam (1,5 hours) taken home, counts 30 % of the grade
  • Written exam 4 hours, counts 70 % of the grade

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Reading List

The reading list will be available June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the programme and courses.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of biological sciences are administratively responsible for the course.


Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Skriftleg eksamen og midtsemester

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam
    • Exam part: Written examination

      27.05.2022, 09:00
      4 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Take home exam

      02.03.2022, 09:00
      1.5 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam