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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

This course provides an introduction to the Earth’s evolution from the formation of the Solar System to the Anthropocene. Central themes include the structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, the formation of the ocean floor and continents, the rock cycle, paleoclimate, including hothouses and ice ages. You will also learn about the key processes controlling the Earth's climate and the composition of the atmosphere. In addition, we focus on interactions between inner and outer forces and the exchange of mass and energy between  Earth's spheres. We will furthermore discuss the societal role of geosciences today, including the UN sustainable development goals. Finally, you will be introduced to field methods and get experience with academic writing.

Learning outcome

After taking this course, you will be able to

  • describe the main developments in the evolution of the Earth
  • outline and discuss the connections between the Earth's spheres, inner and outer forces, the geological evolution of the Earth, climatic zones and the requirements for life 
  • use mathematical descriptions for a selection of key Earth processes
  • evaluate the basis for reconstructing the climatic and environmental history
  • reflect on the effects and consequences of human activities on the Earth system
  • present the characteristics and role of the geosciences in a sustainable development

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling theHigher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course includes a compulsory field course and excursions. A health and safety course for safety in the field must be passed before you can go on these:

Overlapping courses


3x2 hours of lectures in combination with exercises, computer lab and group work every week. Up to 4 reports must be approved in order to sit for the final written examination. An oral group presentation on an optional topic will count towards the final grade.

Up to 5 days mandatory fieldwork whereupon a field report should be submitted counting towards the final grade. The field trip has a mandatory information meeting early in the semester. 

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Cost of taking the course

Participation in the excursion is mandatory. The excursion has a fee of NOK 150 per day (if accommodation).


  • Up to 4 reports must be approved individually in order to sit for the final written examination. 
  • Up to 2 written field reports counts for a total of 20% towards the final grade. 
  • Oral group presentation counts 20% towards the final grade.
  • Final written examination counts 60% towards the final grade. 
  • All exam parts must be passed separately in order for you to pass the course.

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 26, 2022 6:12:59 PM

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