GEO3000 – Bachelor Thesis in Geosciences

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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 course is taken as a completion of the Bachelor degree or as preparation for Masters degree studies. Students have to work on their own project thesis, preferably individually, within the subject areas covered in the bachelor programmes: "Geology and Geography" and "Geophysics and Climate". The subject will also introduce to what research means, different academic genres, and to the IMRaD model.

Learning outcome

When you have taken this course you will be able to:

  • carry out a simple project thesis on your own.
  • understand what characterizes academic writing and scientific texts.
  • apply both simple and more advanced methods within subject areas in geosciences to elucidate a specific problem.
  • know different academic genres.
  • follow good reference practice and be familiar with dealing with scientific literature.
  • understand how to plan and write a scientific report, especially the IMRaD model.

Admission to the course

This course is only for students in the study programmes; Geofag: geologi, geofysikk og geografi (bachelor) (being phased out)Geologi og geografi (bachelor)Geofysikk og klima (bachelor), and the programme options Matematikk - geografi/geofag and Geografi/geofag - matematikk) in Lektorprogrammet (LEP).

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 project work can involve field- and work in a laboratorium. You have to pass two HSE courses:

  • Compulsory courses in the bachelor programmes in geosciences.

Overlapping courses


Lectures on academic writing and research. The lectures will be followed up by mandatory seminars where the students will work on their own texts, and give and receive feedback from peers. Students will also receive individual supervision of their research project. This work will end in a compulsory dissertation on the project which, after it has been accepted, is the basis for an oral 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 Student administration (


  • The written project thesis from the research project is given a preliminary grade before the student is allowed to sit the final adjusting oral examination.

  • A final oral examination of the project will adjust the grade on the project thesis. The preliminary grade and the oral examination counts for 100% of the final grade.

  • All the component parts have to be passed individually in order to pass the subject.

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: GEG2340 – Bachelor thesis in physical geography, geomatics and hydrology (continued) og GEO3340 – Bachelor thesis in physical geography, geomatics and hydrology (continued)

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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 30, 2020 9:13:19 PM

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