This course is discontinued

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Course content

Toxicokinetics (how poisons are taken up in the organism, distributed, biotransformed and excreted), toksicodynamics (how poisons react with biomolecules and the consequenses of interactions), important toxic compounds (heavy metals, environmental contaminants, pesticides, carcinogene and mycotoxins), risk assessment and regulatory toxicology.

Learning outcome

The course will give insight in biological and syntetic poisons and their mechanisms of action. The course can be included in the requirements to become EUROTOX-approved toxicologist.


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).

Recommended previous knowledge

Necessary knowledge in organic chemistry, cell biology and biochemistry, for example the courses MBV1010 – Cell biology and genetics (discontinued), MBV1030 – General biochemistry (discontinued), MBV2020 – Laboratory course (discontinued) are recommended.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against BIO4500.


Two double lectures are given each week in addition to optional supervised discussion groups.


Approved participation in classes and one written final exam (100%). Letter grading (A-F).

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.


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

Periodic evaluation autumn 2012.


The course is offered if the number of students registered are more than 3.

Facts about this course






The course was given in Autumn 2009 for the last time. See BIO4500.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)