FYS4715 – Biological Physics

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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.


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.

Grading scale

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:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 28, 2020 4:12:16 AM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for lectures to take place.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)