2023-2024 / BIOL2009-1

Biology and introduction to biochemistry


30h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in chemistry6 crédits 


François Beaufay

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Introduction : biological macromolecules - Basics of molecular biology - Differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes - Implications of biology in chemical sciences

Reproduction and division of prokaryotes and eukaryotes - Mitosis and meiosis

Genetics and molecular basis of heredity

Elements of virology

Biology of prokaryotes: diversity of micro-organisms - metabolism and growth - bacterial cell wall - evolution of bacterial genomes - applications of microbiology in the chemical and agro-food industry

Antibiotics and vaccines - Infection and the immune system

Molecular basis of disease - drug discovery and development - biological drugs

Microbial biotechnologies - Biotechnology of eukaryotes

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course aims at consolidating the student's knowledge of biology and chemistry of macromolecules, as well as their importance in the environment, the agro-food industry, human health and biotechnology.

The student will also acquire detailed knowledge of the molecular aspects related to the fundamental aspects of various biological systems, including viruses, bacteria, unicellular organisms and animals.

The course will also focus on the applications and implications of biology in the field of chemistry, in particular microbial biotechnologies, biocatalysis, medicinal chemistry and the development of innovative biological drugs.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Course "Biology" (BIOL0006): basic knowledge  of general and cellular biology and of chemical biology. 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures ex cathedra (30 hours). Remote teaching could be implemented in relation to the evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic or other necessities.

The practical sessions (30 hours) will be organized in the laboratories located at the Institute of Zoology (I1) and at the Institue of Chemistry (B6). Students will carry out various experiments, each illustrating a specific aspect of the course, also allowing a better understanding of and acquaintance with the basic methodologies specific to biology and microbiology.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Hybrid learning

Additional information:

See "Planned learning activities and teaching methods" for details.

Recommended or required readings

Mandatory readings: the slides used during the lectures (as well as other relevant material, including e. g. podcasts) will be available on the University e-learning platform.

Recommended readings: the following textbooks, available at the University libraries, could be used as an additional support for the study of the course. Chapters corresponding to the different parts of the course will be clearly indicated in the provided slides.

  • Biology, Raven, Johnson, Maosdn, Losos & Duncan; De Boeck Supérieur (ISBN, 9782807327160).
  • Brock Biologie des micro-organismes, Madigan & Martinko, Pearson (ISBN, 9782744058400) ;
  • Microbiologie, Prescott, Willey, Sherwood, Woolverton ; De Boeck Supérieur (ISBN, 9782807308022).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

- Remote

oral exam

Additional information:

Written theroetical exam (50% of the final note), combining both multiple choice questions and open questions (depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation, this exam could be converted to a remote oral examination).

Practical examination (laboratory, 50% of the final note): The student will be requested to carry out and/or comment one or more experiment(s) in the laboratory.

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The presence at the practical sessions is MANDATORY.

Students are required to wear a laboratory coat and other personal protection equipment (PPE) during the practical sessions. Access to the laboratory will be refused to incompliant student.


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