BIOS3600 – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Course content

The course is an introduction to developmental biology and genetics - in plants, animals and other relevant groups of organisms. We will use concepts and principles from genetics and epigenetics to focus on classical, experimental systems /organisms and connections. The context of the course is system oriented genetics development in a genome perspective, and the essence is how genetics and epigenetics via spesialisation and interaction between cells form the foundation for development and morphological traits.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • have knowledge of and can use the terminology in genetics and developmental biology
  • have an understanding of the main concepts in developmental biology and their mechanisms and principles
  • know the main morphological principles for development and reproduction in classical model organisms
  • have knowledge of the genetic and molecular mechanisms that operate in development and reproduction
  • have insight in and understanding of how connections between genes and genomes play a role in genetics and developmental biology


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The courses BIOS3600 and BIOS4600 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

1. Bachelor's programme students at the Department of Biosciences and master's programme students at the MN Faculty who have the course approved in their study plan.

2. Other program students.

3. Single course students and exchange students.

Applicants are ranked by number of credits within each group; all applicants within the 1st group are ranked before applicants in the 2nd group etc. For students who have equal number of credits within one group, admission is determined by random selection.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

BIOS1100 – Introduction to computational models for Biosciences (Introduction to Computational Modelling in the Biosciences)
BIOS1140 – Evolusjon og genetikk (Evolution and genetics)

Overlapping courses


  • 2 hours per week of lectures
  • 2 to 3 hours per week of interactive group tutorials with lab sessions

Lectures are grouped thematically: organisms, concepts and principles.

Attendance at the group tutorials, which contain interactive tuition and actual or virtual lab, is mandatory. Mandatory assignments produce points which count towards the final mark. Marked mandatory assignments are valid for a year.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for valid absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

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.


  • Points from mandatory activity counts 20 %
  • Final written exam (3 hours) that counts 80 % towards the final mark

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Number of exam attempts are transferred between this course and BIOS3601 – Genetics and Developmental BiologyBIOS4601 – Genetics and Developmental Biology and BIOS4600 – Genetics and Developmental Biology.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






The course is offered for the first time Autumn 2022


For the first time Autumn 2022

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)