GEO1020 – Geological processes and materials
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course gives an introduction to geology. Emphasis is placed on geological processes, materials and geological maps. The course comprises all physical, chemical and biological processes responsible for shaping and changing our planet.
You will obtain basic knowledge in geology as a basis for further studies in geosciences
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).
The following course must be taken before the field trip/excursion in GEO1020:
For students taking GEO1020 Autumn 2013 or later, to have GEO1020 included in your degree you must first pass the following HSE courses:
- MNHMS0015 – Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) (discontinued) OR HMS0501 – Safety and Physical Environment and HMS0502 – Positive Learning Environment and HMS0507 – Fire Safety
- HMS0504 – Field Safety OR MNHMS0015FS – Introduction to Field Safety (discontinued)
For further information se website for transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses.
- 5 credits overlap with GEO1100 – Evolution of the Earth
- 5 credits overlap with GEO1110 – Earth Processes
- 10 credits overlap with GEO1011 – Geologiske prosesser og materialer (discontinued)
- 9 credits overlap with G100/G105
- 6 credits overlap with G003
- 3 credits overlap with G002
2 double hours of lectures per week. 2 hours lab per week and 3-4 days in the field.
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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
To attend the field trip/excursion it is required that the following course is passed:
You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0504 when you attend the field trip/excursion.
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
Up to 3 course assignments, essays, presentations or part exams count for 30% of the final grade. Written final exam (4 hours) counts for 70% of final grade.
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
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:
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.
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.
This course was periodic evaluated in spring 2013 (pdf, in Norwegian).