Cell Biology

15 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1BG102

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Biology G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 28 November 2012
Responsible department
Biology Education Centre

Entry requirements

Alt. 1) The Evolution and Diversity of Organisms, 10 credits. Genetics and Gene Technology, 10 credits, Microbiology with Infection Biology 5 credits. Chemistry, 30 credits. Alt. 2) Chemistry, 30 credits including biochemistry, 20 credits.

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to

  • Describe bacterial and eukaryotic cells and the 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 and make an oral presentation.


The course is divided into two parts; Cell Biology I and Cell Biology II. Part I deals with the structure of bacterial and eukaryotic cells and their metabolism and energy transformations. Also transports over biological membranes and water homeostasis are studied. In part II are cell signalling, cytoskeleton proteins and intracellular transports studied. Also, are cell cycle regulation, cellular differentiation and programmed cell death dealt with. Several laboratory exercises that are reported written or orally are performed. The students perform a literature project on specialised cell types.


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 and Cell biology II are examined by written examination. To pass the course, the student must pass both the written examinations, the laboratory exercises and the literature project.