GEO4220 – Depositional environments and biostratigraphy

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Course content

In this course you will gain basic understanding of the major environments of deposition, sediment characterization and stratigraphical principles, mainly bio- and sequence stratigraphy. The practicals will demonstrate different case histories.

Learning outcome

During the course you will:

  • learn the principles of particle formation, erosion, transport and deposition, with particular emphasis on allogenic and autogenic factors.
  • understand the formation and characterization of the main sedimentary facies
  • learn the basics of paleontological analyzes
  • compile paleontological and stratigraphical results, sedimentary logs and well logs and in integrated assessments of depositional environments.
  • be able to perform their own, independent facies analysis.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Recommended previous knowledge

The course is based on sedimentological knowledge compatible to the book by Boggs (2014, 5th edition)


Lectures and seminars and exercises (8 hours per week). Mandatory reports from the exercises.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:


A midterm exam, which is either oral or written, counting 30%. Final written exam (3 hours), counts 70%. Both exam parts must be passed in order to pass the course.

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

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.

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.


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 autumn 2013 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Facts about this course






Autumn 2017

The course is no longer taught


Autumn 2019

Autumn 2018

Examination is offered until autumn 2019, under assumption of passed lectures

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