BIOS2200 – Botanical Diversity

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Field course will be held in week 24 and 31 with early registration deadline.

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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

Admission to the course

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.

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

The course will have field courses in August, and will therefore have an early deadline for registration. 2020 deadline: June 12

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

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling theHigher 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).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Following courses must be taken before the first lab session and field excursion: 

BIOS1150 – Biodiversity


The teaching will include: 

  • Lectures and demonstrations/practicals

  • Field courses (mandatory)

  • Herbarium project (mandatory)

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Approved mandatory assignments and activities are valid for 3 years.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Cost of taking the course

Field course: Students pay a fee of 150 kr/day with overnight stay. In total 8 days. 


  • One combined written and practical exam, 4 hours, which counts 100% towards the final grade.

This course has mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit 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.

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) Oct. 28, 2020 9:13:14 AM

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Field course will be held in week 24 and 31 with early registration deadline.