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Course content

The course is about the central metabolic reaction pathways as well as (hormonal) regulation of these reaction pathways and will illustrate how organisms generate energy for essential energy consuming processes. The metabolic reaction pathways and the regulation of these will be seen in physiological connection.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • know the central metabolic reaction pathways in carbohydrate, protein, lipid and nucleic acid metabolism
  • know how central metabolic reaction pathways are regulated in cooperation with the organism’s needs and access to nutrition
  • know the mechanism behind the regulation of central reaction pathways
  • are able to explain to laypersons how metabolism works


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.

Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.


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

BIOS1110 – Celle- og molekylærbiologi (Cell and Molecular Biology)




Lab exercises (obligatory)

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.

Approved mandatory assignments and activity are valid for 3 years.

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.


  • Written examination (4 hours) at the end of the semester (counts 100 % of the final grade).
  • Lab journals must be approved in order to sit for the final 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.

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.

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






Every autumn

The course is offered for the first time Autumn 2019


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)