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Introductory course in Biology for engineering students 7.5 cr


The course is an optional course the third year of the program technical mathematics at the faculty of engineering at Lund university. The course runs in parallel with the course Biological modelling, EXTG11. Hence EXTG10 consists of the theoretical and computational parts of TEK290. Besides the shared theoretical parts of these courses, TEK290 also contains a general introduction to basic biology. Evolution is the theme that unites the various moments of this course. These moments are the living cell, genetics, micro biology, botany, zoology and ecology. The theoretical parts consist of moments and concepts within theoretical biology such as population genetics, bioinformatics, population ecology and game theory. The course also contains mathematical methods that are inspired by biology, such as genetic algorithms, neural networks and cellular automata. The programming language that is used is MATLAB, meaning that some knowledge of this software is useful.

The course consists of a mixture of lectures and theoretical exercises, but no traditional biology laboratory exercises. It can be given in English if exchange students are taking it.


The course has no written examination test. The grading is based on the quality of the hand- ins of the exercises. The general biology lectures are approved of by being present at the lectures. To pass the course requires presence on 90% of the lectures.

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Course coordinator

Anders Brodin
Evolutionary ecology

Telephone: +46 46-222 41 43
E-mail: Anders [dot] Brodin [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course literature

Biology, 12th Edition, Sylvia Mader and Michael Windelspecht (2016)

Course period

The course will be given during the 3rd and 4th reading period in the spring. The teaching language will be English if needed.