GEO9220 – Depositional Environments and Stratigraphy

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Course content

The course presents and discusses principles of weathering, erosion, transport and deposition, with particular emphasis on allogenic and autogenic factors. Sedimantary facies and paleontological analyzes, sedimentary logging and studies of well logs and seismics will be combined with basic principles of bio- stratigraphy and sedimentology in integrated asessments of depositional environments.

Learning outcome

The students will be introduced to basic understanding of the major environments of deposition and stratigraphical principles, mainly bio- and sequence stratigraphy.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course is based on sedimentological knowledge compatible to the book by Boggs (2006, 4th edition)


Lectures and seminars and exercises (8 hours per week) and two days in the field. Mandatory reports from the exercises and excursion. Students will present selected articles related to the course curriculum.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address:


General information about excursions at the Dept. of Geosciences.

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.


An essay and a final oral exam. 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 pass/fail scale. 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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2017

The course is no longer taught.


Every autumn

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