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An introduction to ecophysiology - plants and animals

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: BIO408 | Sustainability related
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Period: 1 October 2020 - 2 November 2020
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The course provides you with a broad introduction to the research discipline of eco-physiology, which studies how plants and animals are affected by and adapts to the surrounding environment. The aim is to give a good overview and understanding of the chemical and physical variables that restrict and affect various physiological mechanisms. These include, for example, temperature, humidity, salinity, oxygen levels and oxidative stress, and pH. Particular emphasis is placed on environmental factors that are affected by humans on a global scale, such as carbon dioxide concentration and temperature. Also physiological mechanisms that are important on the ecosystem level are treated. The course also aims to give you an introduction to scientific methodology in eco-physiological research, which in turn develops an understanding of how scientific knowledge that supports society's environmental activities has been developed. The course includes both lectures and interactive work in which students and teachers interact in seminars focusing on scientific articles.
      The course constitutes together with ES2613 (Global change - problems, analysis, actions) the introduction of the master profile in eco-physiology in the master´s program in biology, but it can also be read as an independent course in biology or environmental science.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: One of the following options: 1) Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 credits (ECTS), BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15hp, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15hp, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15hp, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed. 2) Approved ES1201, Environmental Sciences: Natural Science, 15 credits, ES1300, Natural Resources Management, 15 hp, ES1305, Pollutants effects and dispersal on Biological Systems, 15 credits, BIO920, and Biodiversity and Systematics, 15 hp, and have read and approved at least one of the following four courses: BIO900, Cell Biology, 15 credits, BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 hp, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 hp and BIO915, Ecology and Evolution 15 credits. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed 3) Approved courses (MAR101-112+NTH001) within the first and second year of the Bachelor program in Marine science. At least 90 of the 120 credits must be passed. In addition to this, for all three alternatives, you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 credits, in a relevant subject. English 6/B or equivalent is also required.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 14 875 SEK
First payment: 14 875 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Peter Gulz, 031-7862524 eller 031-7862526


Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
Box 463
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 18

Course that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the course's main focus

Course that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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