GEO4620 – Seismic Waves and Seismology

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course gives a basis for understanding how elastic waves, generated by earthquakes or controlled sources, propagate through the Earth and thus provide information about its interior.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • understand how elastic waves propagate through the Earth
  • quantify how interfaces reflect, refract and convert waves and how elastic properties like attenuation and anisotropy affect wave propagation
  • use numerical modelling to simulate wave propagation
  • use ray theory and is aware of its strengths and limitations
  • understand the basic principles of seismic tomography
  • read and present recent publications on wave propagation

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.

Overlapping courses


Lectures/colloquia, including problem-solving. Up to 3 mandatory exercises/presentations which have to be approved before you can sit for the final exam.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration ( 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


  • Up to 3 exercises/presentations must be approved before sitting the final written examination for the course.

  • Final written examination (3 hours) 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

Approved calculator.

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) Sep. 29, 2020 9:12:51 PM

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