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Course content

The subject presents the fundamental geophysical methods that are used to investigate the Earth’s inner structure, and an introduction to understanding global tectonic processes. Methods applied in environmental geology, mining and petroleum, and seismolgy, are covered.

Learning outcome

When you have taken this subject, you will:

  • understand how earthquakes are generated and their distribution on the Earth, and how they are related to global tectonic processes
  • be able to explain local and regional methods for collecting seismic data from active seismic sources
  • know how gravity and magnetic data are collected, and a little about how they are used
  • know about methods employed in borehole logging and measurements from the surface, covering electrical, electromagnetic and radiometric techniques
  • be familiar with the most commonly used map projections and their properties
  • be able to explain basic analogue and digital data processing techniques


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).

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses


4 hours lectures and 2 hours excercises per week during the semester. There are 2 compulsory assignments which must be approved before sitting the written examination at the end.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:


  • Approval of 2 compulsory assignments is required before the student can take the final exam.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 100%.

Examination support material

Allowed calculators (in Norwegian)

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.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: GEL2140 – Geophysics and global tectonics (continued)

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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