Green Biotechnology, 15 credits

About the education

The course provides an in-depth knowledge of fundamental processes of plant function including how plants and other photosynthetic organisms interact with each other and their surrounding environment, and responses to environmental disturbances induced by human impacts. Green biotechnology is defined as the application of plants and other photosynthetic organisms with the aim to improve agricultural crops or for industrial purposes in order to generate industrially useful products in sectors such as detergents, paper, biofuels, textiles, pharmaceutical substances etc. The course covers the molecular biology of the plant cell, and focus on biotechnology applied to photosynthetic organisms. The biotechnologies presented during the course are based on functional genomics and proteomics; plant breeding (e.g. marker assisted selection) and quantitative genetics; genetically modified plants; phytoremediation and the utilization of bio-active compounds. Moreover, the course will discuss the role of plants in the industry, for example, how plants can be used in order to develop new products and eco-technology. The theoretical part of the course will be followed by a practical part where up-to-date methodology within biotechnology will be used.

Subject: Biology

Biology means the study of life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, diversity, their interaction with their environment and their presence in time and space.

There are many subdivisions and topics within Biology such as: molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, botany, zoology, ethology, faunistics, floristics and ecology.

An education in biology not only gives you basic knowledge in biology, but also an understanding of relationships between structure and function on various biological levels and it also gives you a grasp of the processes that control the evolution of the organism.

Biology is an experimental subject, meaning it alternates theoretical studies with practical exercises such as laboratory work and field trips. Examples of laboratory work include analyzing DNA molecules, producing bacteria or studying preparations of various tissues under a microscope. Dissections and experiments with living organisms are a part of an education in biology, however, an option without animal experiments within the zoology moments is also available.

You will be able to study animals and plants in their natural habitats as well as participate in practical ecological field work through different field trips and excursions. Stockholm University has access to three field stations located in interesting nature areas: Tovetorp in Södermanland, Askö in Trosa Archipelago and Tjärnö on the west coast of Sweden.

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

Department responsible for education

Department of Biology Education