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Course content

The course GEO4100 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
  • write a report based on a given topic in the subject field


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

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

Overlapping courses


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. One presentation in a given topic has to be written as a report which must be approved before 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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (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.


  • 2-4 obligatory oral presentations and one written report 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 have 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: GEO3100 – 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.


The course GEO4100 - Environmental Geology was not given as a MSc course in the period 2013 - 2017.

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