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Teaching and exams spring 2022

At the MN Faculty teaching is in-person this spring, but there may still be cases of online or hybrid teaching.

Please see the semester page, Canvas or your regular channel of information for changes in teaching and form of examination.

Course content

This course introduces 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

  • recognize common minerals, rocks, deposits, and fossils and 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 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 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 x 2 hours of lectures with problem-solving, and 2 hours of exercises, per week. From the exercises, up to 4 assignments must be approved in order to sit for the final exam.

Up to 6 days with compulsory day excursions in the field and field course. From the fieldwork, the student will submit a field report that counts towards the final grade.

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.

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

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences

Cost of taking the course

The excursion has a fee of NOK 150 per day (if accommodation).


  • Up to 4 assignments must be approved in order to qualify for the exam.
  • The field report and a practical examination in minerals and rocks will together count 50% towards the final grade.
  • A final written examination counts 50% towards the final grade.
  • All the partial exams have to be passed separately in order 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) May 19, 2022 5:13:55 AM

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