BIOS4600 – 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.

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.

Students should consider buying a personal travel and personal injury insurance as the course contains lab and/or field work. Click here for further information about student Insurance.

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 written exam (3 hours) that counts 80 % towards the final mark
  • Points from mandatory activity counts 20 %.
  • An essay or review must be submitted and approved before the 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.

Explanations and appeals

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 BIOS3600 – Genetics and Developmental Biology  BIOS3601 – Genetics and Developmental Biology and BIOS4601 – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






The course is offered for the first time Autumn 2021


For the first time Autumn 2021

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)