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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 integrates practical and theoretical elements from the previous bachelor courses in geoscience, placing them in an applied context through practical exercises and fieldwork. The course will give you an insight into Norway’s regional geology and tectonic development.

Learning outcome

After completing this subject you will be able to:

  • carry out independent fieldwork and basic geological mapping.
  • use maps to investigate geological processes.
  • test hypotheses through map- and fieldwork.
  • and will also have become familiar with Norway’s geological history.

Admission to the course

This course is only for students in the programmes; Geofag: geologi, geofysikk og geografi (bachelor) (being phased out)Geologi og geografi (bachelor) or Geofysikk og klima (bachelor).

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. Before field course, a HSE-course in field safety have to be passed:

Overlapping courses


There are 3 hours of lectures/practicals per week, with weekly exercises for handing in. The bulk of the teaching is practical and some of the practicals are done in the field. All the handed-in exercises must be approved in order to participate in the concluding mapping part of the course. There are two mapping exercises in groups with two associated reports; these must be approved before the final oral examination.

There is compulsory fieldwork up to 12 days in this course.

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 Department of Geosciences.


  • All the compulsory exercises and the two mapping reports must be approved before the final oral examination for the course.
  • Final oral examination counts for 100%.

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: 

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

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. 22, 2020 10:12:36 PM

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