Syllabus for Cell Biology



  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG102
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-10-12
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    Alternative 1: 60 credits, including Evolution and Diversity of Organisms 15 credits, Molecular Biology and Genetics 10 credits, Life and Interactions of Microorganisms 5 credits, and participation in The Basic Principles of Chemistry 15 credits, Organic Chemistry I 10 credits, and Biochemistry I 5 credits, including 15 completed credits.
    Alternative 2: 60 credits in chemistry including 10 credits in biochemistry.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe different types of cells, especially eukaryotic cells; functional and structural similarities and dissimilarities between them.
  • describe structure and function of important biomolecules, organelles and other cellular components.
  • understand fundamental facts regarding cellular metabolism, energy transformations and means of communication with other cells.
  • understand fundamental facts about cellular processes such as intracellular transports, cellular growth and division and programmed death.
  • use common methods to study cells and organelles in the laboratory.
  • independently use databases and scientific literature for evaluating information about cellular processes
  • compile and evaluate cell biological data in writing, suitable for a scientific content
  • reason about ethical aspects related to animal testing


The course is divided into two parts; Cell Biology I and Cell Biology II. Part I deals with the structure of eukaryotic cells, their metabolism, energy transformations, and protein secretion. Also transports over biological membranes and water homeostasis are studied. In part II cell signalling, cytoskeleton proteins, intracellular transports, cell cycle regulation, and cellular differentiation including early embryonal development at cellular level are studied. In Cell Biology II programmed cell death and the immune system cells are dealt with. Several laboratory exercises are performed, and in connection with these the students also carry out problem-solving exercises with applications from the laboratory exercises. The students perform a literature search on specialised cell types in groups and compile individual texts based on the collected data.


Teaching is carried out as lectures, laboratory exercises, seminars and literature projects. Participation in laboratory exercises and literature projects is compulsory.


Both courses, Cell biology I 5 credits and Cell biology II 5 credits are examined by written examination. The laboratoy excercises are axamined orally in groups at seminars, based on by the students uploaded laboratory data. To pass the course, the student must pass both the written examinations, the laboratory exercises and the literature project (5 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Cooper, Geoffrey M. The cell : a molecular approach

    International eighth edition.: New York: Oxford University Press, [2019]

    Find in the library

  • Alberts, Bruce Essential cell biology

    Fifth edition.: W.W. Norton and Company, 2019

    Find in the library

  • Campbell, Neil A. Biology : a global approach

    11. ed., Global ed.: Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd., [2017]

    Find in the library