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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

The course gives an overview of 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

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

  • 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 for 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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (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%.

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. 25, 2020 8:12:34 PM

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