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Course content

You will learn how sediments are formed, transported, stored and altered. The course covers the most important factors that affect sedimentary processes, with emphasis on characteristic properties of different types of sediment and sedimentary rock. Depositional environments of sediments on land and in water are examined: in lakes, rivers and marine areas. Exercises related to the lectures, collected field data, logs and photographic material provide practical experience in describing and interpreting sediments, sedimentary rocks and stratigraphic sequences.

Learning outcome

When you have taken this course you will know:

  • how sediments and sedimentary rocks are formed, through transport, deposition, and the alteration they undergo with burial
  • what characterises the main types of sediments and sedimentary rocks, and be familiar with sedimentary structures and textures
  • how to identify the most important sedimentary environments on land, at the coast and in the sea
  • stratigraphic principles such as lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy
  • basic insight into diagenesis and petroleum geology
  • how to describe and interpret a sediment and a sedimentary sequence (logging)
  • how to correlate logs and reconstruct sedimentary depositional environments
  • how to distinguish between different sedimentary facies, including ichnofacies (trace fossils).


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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

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

Recommended previous knowledge


There are 6 hours of lectures/execises per week. 4-6 exercises must be approved before sitting the final examination.

There is a compulsory 3-5 day field course. A field report has to be approved before the final 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 Study administration, email address:


General information about excursions at the Dept. of Geosciences.

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.


  • 4-6 exercises and a field report have to be approved in order to be allowed to sit the final written examination.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts 100%.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper 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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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