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Bachelor of Science in Biology

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Programme description

Why are some individuals more sexually attractive than others? What mechanisms make living organisms resist bacteria, viruses and parasites? How are seabirds influenced by uncontrolled oil spills?

These are some of the questions the study of biology seeks to answer. Biology helps us to understand living organisms, and this study programme gives you a solid background for a future career in biology, e.g. within the fields of conservation, sustainable development, marine resources and molecular biology. 

About the programme:

The teaching language is English.
This study programme provides basic knowledge in biological topics including ecology, evolution, biodiversity, genetics as well as basic chemistry, mathematics and statistics. In some courses the students participate in lab and field activities.

The last year of the programme is more flexible so that students have an opportunity for some specialising according to their interests. Advanced level elective courses are offered, including bachelor's thesis, 15 weeks of work experience in Norway or abroad, a semester or two abroad at a partner university, or courses at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS).

The BSc in Biology programme qualifies for an Master in Bioscience.

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Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, the Candidate:


  • Has thorough knowledge of key theories, research questions, tools and methods in biology
  • Has knowledge of basic research in biology
  • Is able to update his or her knowledge of biology
  • Appreciates the ethical challenges of biology


  • Can apply his or her professional knowledge to analyse biological research questions
  • Can locate, assess and refer to scientific information from a variety of sources in order to shed light on biological research questions
  • Can reflect on his or her own professional practice and adjust this under supervision

General competence:

  • Demonstrates understanding of key topics related to biological research
  • Can communicate key scientific information such as theories, research questions and results both written and orally
  • Can exchange scientific knowledge and views with other biologists and through this contribute to scientific development

Career possibilities

Due to increased focus on the environment, ecology and sustainable development, the bachelor's degree in biology will give you many job opportunities, both in the private and the public sector. You can get employed at environmental agencies, laboratories, companies and directorates. If you combine the programme with pedagogic education, you can also become a teacher in a high school or secondary school. If you choose to proceed with a master's degree, you have the option for more specialised jobs in scientific research or consulting.

Further education

BSc in Biology qualifies for the Master of Science programme in Biosciences at Nord University, or for master programmes at other institutions in Norway and abroad.

Master of Biosciences at Nord has the following specialisations:

Aquaculture, genomics, livestock science, marine ecology and terrestrial ecology and nature management.

Study abroad

Ever thought of spending part of your degree in another part of the world? Our cooperations with universities in Europe and other parts of the world can offer you exciting opportunities to study one or two semesters abroad. You can also spend 15 weeks on a work placement abroad as part of your undergraduate studies.

A study abroad complements your degree studies best in the third academic year. You can spend one and up to two semesters abroad, the world is yours to explore.

Below you will find an overview of our partner universities where you, as a biology student, can travel to:

Department of Aquaculture, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, College of Fisheries, Mangalore

Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

Zheijang Ocean University, Zhoushan

South Korea:
Pukyong National University

Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU)
Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkangelsk (NARFU)
St. Petersburg University

Charles Darwin University
James Cook University
Deakin University

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Memorial University of Newfoundland
University of Northern British Columbia
Vancouver Island University
St. Francis Xavier University
Lakehead University
University of Saskatchewan


Université Francois-Rabelais, Tours
Université de Bourgogne, IUT Dijon
Université Paris Descartes
Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, IUT St.-Étienne

Hochschule Bremen, University of Applied Sciences
Leuphana University
University of Bremen
University of Hamburg

Szent Istvan University

University of Groningen
University of Wageningen

University of Agriculture in Krakow
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

University of Alicante
University of Barcelona
Universidad del País Vasco (Bilbao campus)

University of Stirling

Roskilde University

University of Akureyri

University of Sapienza

University of Algarve

University of Gothenburg

Augsburg College
Augustana University
Humboldt State University
University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (St Paul)
University of New England
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Fairbanks


No tuition fees. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply. In addition, it is assumed that students have a laptop with headset and camera. Students must purchase their own laboratory coat for use in courses with laboratory exercises.

Students should also expect to incur costs in the amount of NOK 4,000 in relation to field excursions.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of school exams, portfolio assessment, practical and oral examination.

Graduation requirements

In order to graduate, students must have completed all compulsory course units (120 ECTS) and a specialisation worth 30 ECTS, in addition to elective courses worth 30 ECTS. Writing a bachelor theses is elective.

Programme evaluation

Students take an active part in the evaluation of the courses in the programme through mid-term and final evaluation. Dialogue meetings are also conducted between students and the programme director every semester.


Qualifications requirements and regulations

ECTS Credits 180 Study level Bachelor's degree programme Teaching language English Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture Course location Bodø