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Høst 2023

KJE-2002 Biological chemistry - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for kjemi

Type of course

Theoretical with one compulsory practical assignment. The course is available as a singular or elective course independent of study program, also to exchange-students. The course is offered on condition that a minimum number of students register for the course.

Course overlap

K-241 Organic structural chemistry 10 ects

Course contents

Biological chemistry is the study of biologically active molecules (biomolecules) and their involvement in chemical processes in living organisms. The course covers important biomolecules such as amino acids (proteins) carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, with a focus on the relation between structure and function and on methods for determination of structures. The course provides an introduction to the most important methods for structure determination of biomolecules: X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, microscopic techniques (atomic force microscopy and electron microscopy) as well as an introduction to NMR on macromolecules. The nomenclature for the biomolecules, bond distances, bond angles, torsions, molecular packing in crystals and the configuration of chiral molecules, as well as intra- and intermolecular interactions, will be discussed and related to biological activity. An emphasis will be placed on the relationship between structure and function. The structure of molecules important in biology and the relationship between structure and biological behaviour will be described and discussed.

Admission requirements

Formal prerequisites:

Applicants from Nordic countries: KJE-1001 or equivalent

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have some prior knowledge of chemistry and/or biology (participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website -

Application code: 9197 (Nordic applicants).

Objective of the course

The student will have expanded knowledge and proficiency within relevant topics in chemistry. This means that the student




Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, and may be answered in either English or a Norwegian/Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 36 h, Seminars: 18 h, Laboratory: 4-6 h Computer-based assignment.