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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

The course provides insight in living organisms’ relationship to their surroundings, processes that control species distribution and abundance, community composition, ecosystems and biomes, the effect of human impact on the environment and the connection between ecology and evolution.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you can explain

  • adaptations between organisms and environment
  • factors that determine the geographical distribution of a species
  • life history strategies and population dynamics
  • interactions between species - mutualism, competition, predation, herbivory and parasitism
  • biodiversity, community structure and succession
  • production, food web and flow of matter through ecosystems
  • main effects of human impact on ecosystems

Admission to the course

Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences

Special admission requirements

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).

BIOS1150 – Biodiversity BIOS1100 – Introduction to computational models for Biosciences STK1000 – Introduction to Applied Statistics

Overlapping courses


  • lectures
  • turorials
  • mandatory computer exercises

Approved mandatory assignments and activity are valid for 3 years.

Attendance to the first lecture is mandatory, also for those on the waiting list. If you are unable to attend the first lecture you will lose your seat on the course if you do not inform the student administration prior to the first lecture.


  • Final written exam, 4 hours, that counts for 100 % of the mark.

Only students with approved computer exercises may sit for the exam.

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.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: BIO2100 - General Ecology (continued)

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.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Aug. 7, 2020 12:14:32 PM

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