This course is discontinued

BIO2140 – Molecular biology and Biological Methods

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Course content

The course is offered for the first time spring 2009.

The course will give students knowledge in general biological tecniques, biochemistry, molecular biology and toxicology. It will also introduce students to biological methods.

Learning outcome

The students will achieve knowledge and experience on most of the techniques they will need under a Master degree study, or working with biology. The methods will include field methodic, water analysis, growing organisms and cell cultures, separation techniques, biochemical methods, cell biological methods, and molecular biological methods, as well as bioinformatics.


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.


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).

Following courses must be taken in the same semester or earlier than BIO2140:

For students attending BIO2140 spring 2014 or later, applies that BIO2140 can't be included in a degree before HMS0503 and HMS0504 are passed.

Recommended previous knowledge

BIO1000 Elementary biology

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MBV2010 – Molecular biology (continued)


The course consists of 4 hours of lectures each week (joint lectures with MBV2010) and mandatory laboratory work and colloquia. The amount of laboratory and colloquia work will vary throughout the semester. The lab reports have to be passed to be able to enter the exams.

This course uses Fronter.

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.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


1 exam in March (10%)
2 written exams in May/June (40%/50%)

All three exams have to be taken during the same semester to get a grade in this course.

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:

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 spring

From spring 2016 onwards, replaced by BIO2020 - Biological methods and MBV2010 - Molecular biology


Every spring

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