GEO3032 – Climate Change and Impacts

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

This course describes the climate changes which are currently occurring, as well as their underlying causes and effects on both the environment and society. These are viewed in comparison with natural climate changes through the Earth’s history, and their causes. The course also provides insight into the scientific foundation for our current understanding of the climate system and how it has evolved over time.

Learning outcome

When you have taken this course, you will have

  • knowledge about climate changes, their causes, and effects
  • an understanding of how our knowledge about climate change has developed throughout scientific history, and of the advances made in our time
  • developed the ability to critically assess scientific studies
  • experience in presenting the main content of scientific articles
  • practice in popular presentation of scientific results
  • practice in assessing views that are put forward during public debate

Admission to the course

The number of students in the course is limited to 40. Students doing bachelor's programmes at the Department of Geosciences are prioritized and ranked in the admission as follows:

  1. Students at Geofysikk og klima (bachelor)
  2. Students at Geologi og geografi (bachelor)
  3. Students at Geofag: geologi, geofysikk og geografi (bachelor) (continued)
  4. Incoming exchange students on exchange agreements at the Department of Geosciences
  5. MN bachelor's students and single-course students

Applicants will be ranked within each category: all applicants within category 1 are ranked before applicants in category 2. If there are space limitations in the course, available places will be given to students selected randomly.

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).


Lectures 2 hours per week. Seminars 2 hours per week with discussion and student presentations. Supervision will be given in how to plan and carry out a project, and how to write popular science. Weekly submissions have to be approved before you can take part in the final examination.

Multiple choice, presentation of a scientific paper, writing of a popular scientific article and a project thesis count in 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.


  • Weekly assignments must be approved in order for a student to sit the final examination.
  • Three multiple-choice tests count together 1/4 towards the final grade.
  • A seminar presentation of the main content in scientific articles counts 1/4 towards the final grade.
  • A popular scientific article counts 1/4 towards the final grade.
  • A project thesis counts 1/4 towards the final grade.
  • All the component parts have to be passed separately and the results are evaluated together and given as a final grade.

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

Written and oral parts of the examination will be accepted 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) Nov. 27, 2021 7:17:44 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)