Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The theoretical basis for toxicology will be presented, and emphasis will be placed on different mechanisms of reaction in biological systems to toxic compounds. Environmental aspects and analysis of pollution will be discussed. The course focus on history of toxicology, absorption, distribution and secretion of foreign substances, biotransformation, tumor causing chemicals, organ toxicology, neurotoxicology, nutrition toxicology, industrial toxicology, ecotoxicology, toxicity detection and risk evaluation. Parts of the course will be based on published papers.

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, the student should be able to:

- define and explain central concepts in toxicology

- describe important processes affecting toxicity of foreign compounds in

an organism

- explain basic issues from different parts of the toxicology discipline

- discuss selected scientific articles and present toxicological knowledge

through oral presentation

Semester of Instruction


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section ( The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Required Previous Knowledge
Compulsory courses in bachelor's in biology, or equivalent courses.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Lectures, practical tasks and projects. The course includes writing a mid-term test during the semester which constitutes 3 ECTS of the total work load. The compulsory activities are approved for two semesters.
Forms of Assessment
Digital Written exam (4 hours).
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Course Evaluation
Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.