autumn 2024
PSY-1004 Biological psychology - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course is compulsory in the bachelor program in psychology. The course can be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9199 - - singular course.

This course has academic prerequisites. PSY-1001 and PSY-1012 are recommended prior knowledge requirements.

Course content

The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with the biological perspective of behavior, thinking and emotion. It focuses on the regulation of human biological structures and functions, how the brain regulates behavior, thinking and emotion. Examples of topics that will be addressed are perception, learning, emotion, motivation and cognition.

Objectives of the course

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:


  • Explain what characterizes the biological perspective in psychology and different traditions within this perspective.
  • Describe and recognize basic concepts of the neuroanatomy (the central and peripheral nervous systems), and neurodevelopment.
  • Explain fundamental concepts within neurophysiology and psychopharmacology.
  • Explain transduction, transmission and perception in sensory systems
  • Explain the fundamental concepts of movement and control
  • Describe central facts and explain key principles of the biological basis for important psychological topics (for example language and intelligence, emotion, motivation and reward, learning and memory, stress, sleep and alertness).
  • Explain how knowledge of biological processes contributes to the understanding of mental disorders and their treatment.
  • Describe basic research methods in biological psychology


  • Perform literature searches and critically evaluate sources in biological psychology
  • Recognize and being able to name anatomical structures of the nervous system
  • Evaluate the core aspects of biological psychology

General competence:

  • Explain and being able to critically address the selected aspects of biological psychology
  • Recognize and being able to point out the principles of the selected aspects of biological psychology

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The teaching is given in the form of lectures, seminars and laboratory exercises. Students are expected to work independently with the substance and prepare for lectures, seminars and lab exercises.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is available for inbound exchange students.

There are no academic prerequisites to add this module in your Learning Agreement



Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 03.12.2024 09:00
5 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Writing assignment Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Essay (2000-3000 words) based on a topic in biological psychology. The students are expected to integrate knowledge from recent research articles in this essay.

Re-sit examination

Re-sit examination is offered for the course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: PSY-1004
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