The Department of Biosciences was established as a result of the fusion between the Department of Biology and the Department of Molecular biology and biological chemistry in 2013, but the biology as a subject has long traditions.
The University of Oslo was established in 1811. At that time the University was divided into four Faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. The last subjects was divided into one historical-philosophical part and one mathematical and natural-scientific part in 1860.
Biology was not established as one field, but consisted of fields such as zoology, botany, physiology, and genetics.
One of the most famous professors in Norway is Kristine Bonnevie, who was the first female professor in Norway. She was a professor in Zoology at the Zoological laboratory at the University of Oslo in 1912.
Kristine Bonnevies house, or the biology-building as it is often called, is named after Norways first female professor and it was finished in 1971. It is the main building for biological research and studies, but some are also working at the Natural History Museum at Tøyen.