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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This subject looks at how the Earth’s inner and outer forces affect and develop the Earth’s surface and landforms, form minerals, rocks and sediments, and interact with the biosphere and form fossils. The course builds on GEO1100 – Evolution of the Earth, and provides the foundation for further studies within geology and geography.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you will be able to:

  • recognise common minerals, rocks, deposits and fossils and to relate them to formation processes and environments
  • understand how geological processes form the landscape on the Earth’s surface
  • use digital maps and satellite imagery in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and carry out simple spatial analyses
  • know about, and use, different kinds of thematic maps for solving simple geological problems
  • observe and collect basic geological data in the field

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher 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


2 double hours of lectures and 2 hours of compulsory excercises per week.

Up to 6 days with compulsory day-excursions and field course. A field report from the field course has to be written and approved in order to sit the final written examination.

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 ( 

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

General information about excursions at the Dept. of Geosciences.


  • Exercises, home assignments and field report must all have been approved before the final examination.
  • Two part exams count for 30%.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 70%.
  • All the component parts have to be passed in order to pass the subject.

Examination support material

No examination support materials 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) Nov. 24, 2020 8:12:48 PM

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