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Course content

The course gives an overview over environmental problems and challenges in geosciences. It deals with water- and soil-resources, contaminated sediments, the use of micropaleontology in environmental studies to e.g. establish reference conditions, impacts of mining activities, climate change, sustainable use of natural resources, and waste- and pollution control.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you will be able to:

  • understand the basic geological processes and principles involved in environmental geology
  • evaluate and discuss natural versus man made environmental changes


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

  • At least an introductory course in Geosciences and/or Environmental Sciences is recommended as previous knowledge.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4100 – Environmental Geology


Lectures (4 hrs) and seminars/ colloquia (4 hrs) weekly during 12 weeks. Everybody is expected to participate in the seminars/ colloquia and make 2-4 oral presentations (obligatory). The presentations must be approved before sitting 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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address:


  • 2-4 obligatory oral presentations have to be approved in order to be allowed to sit the final written examination.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts 100%.

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.

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: GEO4100 – Environmental Geology

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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