Compulsory courses
Biophysical Chemistry Year 1 / Semester 1
Basic kinetics and enzyme kinetics, elementary reactions, diffusion-controlled reactions, UV-visible and fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy. Environmental parameters and their influence on chemical/enzymatic reactions. Single and multi-substrate enzyme kinetics, allosteric proteins, regulation of biological activity, biological rhythms. Use of spreadsheet and programming in physical and biophysical chemistry.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Heinz Peter Ruoff
Biotechnology, Methods Year 1 / Semester 1
Practical course in PCR, plasmid isolation, restrictions enzymes, transformation, production of recombinant protein, cell and tissue culture.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Cathrine Lillo
Instrumental Analysis Year 1 / Semester 1
The course provides an introduction to instrumental analysis with focus on the entire analytical process from raw sample to calculated result.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Cato Brede
Master Thesis in Biological Chemistry Year 1 / Semester 2
The master thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies on solving a chosen assignment. The students will through this assignment show their abilities to use relevant theories and methods, and develop knowledge and understanding in the field of biological chemistry. The assignment will be carried out during the two last semesters.
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Study points: 60
Course coordinator:
Cathrine Lillo

Specialization choice

Specialization Molecular Biology
Compulsory courses
Bioinformatics Year 1 / Semester 2
The course provides basic skills in applied bioinformatics and covers the following subjects: basic use of the internet/world-wide-web, FTP/SFTP protocol, hypertext transfer protocol (http), hypertext markup language (html), gene analyses, protein/enzyme and structural databases (primary and secondary databases), primer construction for PCR/RT-PCR (QPCR), local and global multiple alignments, construction of phylogenetic trees, and sequence analysis tools. Introduction to Perl programming for bioinformatics.
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Study points: 10
Course teacher:
Heinz Peter Ruoff
Protein Biochemistry Year 1 / Semester 2
Protein Biochemistry is one of the rapidly expanding areas in the biological sciences today. This course teaches about the structure and function of proteins and provides training in selected laboratory methods and technologies in protein biochemistry.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Lutz Andreas Eichacker
Electives
Pathology Year 1 / Semester 2
In this course students will learn about the processes/pathways that are involved in disease development. We will use examples from cancer, auto-immune diseases, gastrointestinal tract, cardiology, neurological diseases (Parkinson, Alzheimer) and diabetes.
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Study points: 10
Course teacher:
Emiel Janssen
Advanced cell and cancer biology Year 1 / Semester 2
The course is based on BIO310 "Concepts and Molecular Mechanisms in Normal and Cancer Cells" and continues describing stem cells, telomers in cell immortalization/cell crisis and tumor progression and invasion. In addition, the different interactions between cells like heterotypic interactions and angiogenesis, and specifically the immune system, are discussed, as well as the dual role of immune mechanisms in pathogenesis. The course also deals with molecular defence mechanisms like DNA repair as well as mutagenesis.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Svein Bjelland
Food Microbiology Year 1 / Semester 2
Food as ecological niches. Foodborne bacteria. Infections and intoxications connected to intake of food. Chemical and physical factors affecting microorganisms in foods. Quality assurance and qualitative and quantitative methods for detection and control of microorganisms in food.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Jan Thomas Rosnes
Environmental Biotechnology Year 1 / Semester 2
The course seeks to increase students' knowledge and understanding of environmental microbiology and its applications in addition to showing students how knowledge of microbial communities and their processes that can be of beneficial use, e.g. in the bioremediation of contaminated sites, and using our understanding of microorganisms in the environment to control their detrimental effects.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Krista Michelle Kaster
Specialization Chemistry
Compulsory courses
Organic spectrometry Year 1 / Semester 2
After an introduction to spectrometric analytical techniques, the student will learn to combine the structural information from NMR/UV/IR/MS-spectra to confirm or reveal the structure of small to medium sized organic molecules.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Kåre Bredeli Jørgensen
Advanced Organic Chemistry Year 1 / Semester 2
Functional group transformation, carbon-carbon bond formation,retrosynthetic analysis and planning multistep syntheses, pericyclic reactions, organic reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry.
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Study points: 10
Course coordinator:
Einar Bakstad
Electives
Bioinformatics Year 1 / Semester 2
The course provides basic skills in applied bioinformatics and covers the following subjects: basic use of the internet/world-wide-web, FTP/SFTP protocol, hypertext transfer protocol (http), hypertext markup language (html), gene analyses, protein/enzyme and structural databases (primary and secondary databases), primer construction for PCR/RT-PCR (QPCR), local and global multiple alignments, construction of phylogenetic trees, and sequence analysis tools. Introduction to Perl programming for bioinformatics.
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Study points: 10
Course teacher:
Heinz Peter Ruoff
Interfacial Water Chemistry Year 1 / Semester 2
The subject shall give an understanding of interfacial chemistry concepts: different surfaces and interfaces and related phenomena such as surface tension, adsorption, monolayers, and films, liquid interface and membranes, self assembly.
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Study points: 5
Course teacher:
Emil Lindback
Separation Technology Year 1 / Semester 2
This subject will introduce the principles and design approaches of separation and physical purification technologies used in the oil and gas industry, for biomass handling in the water and wastewater sector and novel applications in biotechnology. Furthermore new advancements in the field are presented and the candidates are challenged to propose novel applications of standard and new separation technologies.
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Study points: 5
Course coordinator:
Gopalakrishnan Kumar

This is the study programme for 2020/2021. It is subject to change.