Cell Biology (BIO100)

The lectures in cell biology will cover the molecular basis for the cell's structure and organization. The students will acquire basic knowledge and understanding of cell biology concepts.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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The first part of the course will give and introduction on prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, how DNA and chromosomes are build, gene expression, cell division and communication. Furthermore, the course presents selected topics on organelle development and division, metabolic compartmentation, circadian rhythms, peroxisomal functions in different cells, DNA-repair.

Important aspects which will be covered are:

  • Structure and function of biomolecules
  • The build-up and structure of cells, primarily eukaryotic cells
  • The functioning of the different cellular structures/organelles
  • Structur and function of biological membranes
  • Metabolism and photosynthesis
  • How cells communicate
  • Control of cell division, cell cycle and cell death
  • Transcription and protein synthesis (translation)
  • Cell culture techniques

Learning outcome

After completing this course students should be able to:

  • Describe the building blocks of different cell types
  • Understand how genes are expressed
  • Describe how cells divide and communicate
  • Understand different cell biological laboratory techniques

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades None permitted

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Hanne Røland Hagland

Method of work

4 hours lectures per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Cell biology (BBI120_1) 10

Open for

Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Advanced teacher education for levels 8-13

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto