FYS4715 – Biological Physics
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course provides an overall understanding of how the properties of biological systems are determined by basic physical laws. Furthermore, the course gives an introduction to physical models for molecular and cellular processes.
After completing this course:
- you are familiar with a number of processes both on a cellular and organism level where physics increases insight. Examples could be diffusion and active transport, entropic forces and cooperative transitions, excitable cells and how cells move.
- you can do calculations on physical models for molecular and cellular processes.
- you can peruse and obtain knowledge from textbooks on biological physics and science articles.
- you can explain connections between physics, chemistry, and biology in the natural sciences.
Admission to the course
Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
Recommended previous knowledge
- FYS2160 – Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (Necessary prerequisite given during 10 first lectures that can be followed the same semester)
- FYS3700 – Biophysics and Medical Physics or FYS4700 – Biophysics and Medical Physics (Or some other basic introduction to biology. Can be taken during the same semester.)
4 hours of organized teaching per week throughout the semester.
The teaching includes lectures, colloquia, problem-solving, teamwork, small and large project assignments, and laboratory exercises.
In this course, there are 4 mandatory project assignments (laboratory and computational assignments) during the semester. All of the mandatory assignments must be completed and approved before you can sit the final exam.
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
- Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.
This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the finale exam.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: