GEO1040 – Introduction to programming with applications in geosciences

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Course content

This course gives an introduction in how programming can be used for reading, visualising and analysing data and for scientific modelling. The course is adjusted to studies in geosciences, and examples from geosciences are used as starting points for the programming. The course is also adjusted to students in chemistry, who will be assigned to a separate group and get chemistry oriented examples.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course you can:

  • write programs in Matlab to solve simple problems
  • read, analyse and visualize your own data
  • comment programs
  • understand simple programs and modify them
  • find errors in programs


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).


8 hours per week of lectures and data lab (practicals) over one semester (about 15 weeks).

Several mandatory problems must be completed within given deadlines during the course; if these are not accepted, the student may not take the final exam.


1 compulsory, written assignment and 3 hours written, final written exam (3 hours). Both exams must be passed in order to pass the course. Letter grades (A-F). The grade is mostly determined by the final exam. The quality of the final assignment may be used to modify the grade by one step up or down.

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.

External auditor: Svein Olav Krøgli

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.

Facts about this course






This course is continued as GEO-KJM1040 from autumn 2013.

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