BIOS2200 – Botanical diversity

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Course content

This course is an introduction to plant life in Norway and sees the plant diversity in broader systematical, biogeographical and ecological contexts. The focus is partly on how Norwegian biodiversityvaries along ecological gradients and how this variation can be used to characterize habitat types. Additionally, the course sees the Norwegian species diversity in a phylogenetic / evolutionary context, focusing on the relationship between different species and families.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course, you

  • will have knowledge of the most important plant species, genera and families in Norwegian nature
  • will have basic knowledge about variation in nature at different spatial scales and how it is put into system using the Nature Types in Norway classification system
  • will have a good understanding of how plant species diversity vary across ecological gradients, within the main Nature Types in Norway
  • will have a good understanding of evolutionary relationships among plant species in Norway
  • can use the identification literature (flora) to determine plant species in Norwegian nature


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.

The course will contain field courses in August, and will therefore have an early deadline for registration (July).

The course is only available to students with a valid enrollment per June 1.

Priority will be given to students on the bachelor program in biosciences.


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).

Recommended previous knowledge


The teaching will include lectures, laboratory practical classes and field courses. There will be obligatory participation in Laboratory sessions, and obligatory participation in the field courses.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture  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.

Approved mandatory assignments and activity are valid for 3 years.

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.


  • One combined written and practical exam counts 100%

The laboratory sessions and field courses have to be approved in order to sit for the final exam. 

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.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

The course is offered for the first time autumn 2019


Every autumn

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