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Course content

The course provides a fundamental overview over the diversity of life, including bacteria, protists (i.e. algae and single cell animals), fungi, plants and animals. Central themes on lectures, lab session and group tutorials will be species/groups developmental relationships (classification), biology and ecology.

Learning outcome

After completing the course

  • you will have fundamental knowledge about diversity of bacteria, protist, plants, animal and fungi
  • you will know important species and groups in Norwegian nature, including their evolutionary affiliation and adaptation to the environment
  • you will have skills in the use of microscopes and stereo microscopes for the study of the anatomy and structure of organisms.
  • you know of methods for identifying organisms
  • you know of central types of habitat and which types of species and groups are common in these.


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).

Overlapping courses

6 credits overlap with BIO1000 – Elementary Biology (discontinued)


The course consists of

  • Ca. 40 hours of lectures
  • Ca. 16 hours of group tutorials
  • Ca. 20 hours of mandatory lab sessions

Mandatory assignments must be approved before students can sit for the final exam.

Approved mandatory assignments and activity are valid for 5 years.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture and lab session, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for valid absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

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.


Final exam (4 hours) counts for 100 % of the final mark.

Mandatory assignments must be approved before students can sit for the final exam.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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

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.

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