autumn 2018
BIO-3008 Animal Physiology - 20 ECTS

Last changed 25.06.2019

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in Arctic Animal Physiology. The course is available as a singular course.

Previous knowledge: knowledge in animal physiology equivalent to Bio-2002.

Admission requirements

Local admission , application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course.

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Previous knowledge: knowledge in animal physiology equivalent to Bio-2002.

Course overlap

BIO-3327 General animal physiology 5 stp

Course content

The course reviews the physiology of animals with emphasis on the basic mechanisms behind specialized functions in different tissue types/organs, and the mechanisms that regulate and maintain homeostasis in an integrated organism. The course reviews physiological adaptations in animals with different modes of living in different environments, with respect to nutrition and energetics, metabolism and temperature regulation, neuronal, sensory and endocrine mechanisms, reproduction and biological clocks, muscles and movement, respiration and circulation and balance of water and salt.

Objectives of the course

Knowledge: Explain the general principles of function in individual tissues/organs and how they are integrated in the organism • Explain how the functions of organs are modified and adapted in organisms living in different environments • Demonstrate and explain how physiological mechanisms may limit or potentiate the process of adaptation • Present and explain typical examples of physiological adaptations to special environments with respect to nutrition, energetics, locomotion, circulation, respiration, water- and salt balances and neuronal and sensory orientation

Skills: • Review and communicate, both orally and in writing, current knowledge from the recommended reading/syllabus • Teach Animal Physiology at Bachelor- and MSc levels and communicate own research at MSc level

General skills: • Apply the knowledge and information which is required to plan own research in Animal Physiology at the PhD level • Review and extract relevant scientific literature in the process of presenting and discussing own research (MSc) findings • Analyze and criticize scientific research within own (MSc) discipline

Language of instruction


Teaching methods



Written exam, 6 hours. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. Course work requirements: one oral 30 min presentation of a given topic from the recommended reading/syllabus (Hill et al., Animal Physiology). There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Hill, Wyse and Anderson “Animal Physiology”, Sinauer Ass.Inc., 2. ed. 2008
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 20
  • Course code: BIO-3008