MBV1010 – Cell biology and genetics

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Course content

Introductory course in genetics, molecular and cellular biology. Subjects include cell biology, microbiology, classic and molecular genetics, biotechnology and evolutionary biology.

Learning outcome

The course will provide an understanding of:

  • How eukaryote and prokaryote cells are constructed
  • How cells divide and communicate
  • How genetic traits are transferred from parents to offspring
  • How DNA and chromosomes are constructed, what genes are, how gene products are produced, and how gene expression is regulated
  • Genetic model organisms and the genetic basis for evolutionary biology
  • DNA technology


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 MBV1010:

For students attending MBV1010 spring 2013 or later, applies that MBV1010 can't be included in a degree before HMS0503 and HMS0505 are passed.

Recommended previous knowledge

BIO1000 – Elementary Biology (discontinued), KJM1000 – Introduction to chemistry (discontinued)


The course includes 30 lectures, 30 hours colloquia and 20 hours laboratory work. Laboratory work and colloquia are compulsory. The laboratory reports and participation at colloquia must be approved in order for the students to be eligilbe for the final exam.

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, in June. Allowed examination aids: None. Letter grades (A-F).

This subject offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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


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

Undervises siste gang vår 2017


Every spring

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