GEO4160 – Fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

Contaminants in soils and ground water pose a threat to our society. The course will cover:

  • Types of contaminants
  • Physical/chemical distribution among phases/media
  • Biogeochemical processes in soils and groundwater
  • Transport of contaminants
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Computer exercises

Learning outcome

To give students the knowledge and experience to evaluate the fate of various kinds of contaminants in soils and groundwater. They should be able to quantify their phase/media distribution, their binding, degradation and transport, and provide the basis for any remediation reaction.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in chemistry, biology and geosciences

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4161 – Contaminants in the Geoenvironment


The course covers 70 hours of lectures/seminars/computer labs. Participation in tutorial groups is compulsory and oral and written assignments will be given. Students will interact both through colloquia groups and through a web-based classroom.


A written project assignment will be graded A-F (counts 100% of total grade).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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: Stein Bondevik

Explanations and appeals

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.

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.

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