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Course content

The course gives an overview of central species and groups of invertebrates and vertebrates in terrestrial ecosystems, with emphasis on the Norwegian species diversity. The course puts the Norwegian species diversity in a phylogenetic/evolutionary context, with focus on the classification of different species and groups. Distribution and ecology are also central themes. Field excursions will be held.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will
• have knowledge about the evolutionary relations and adaptations to the environment by terrestrial species
• be able to recognize important species and groups in Norwegian nature
• master suitable species identification literature
• have knowledge on the distribution and ecology of important species and groups 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.

Priority will be given to students in 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).

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with BIO1200B – Biodiversity B (discontinued)


The course consists of:

  • Lectures
  • Mandatory lab sessions
  • Field trips

Journals from lab and field must be approved before students can sit for the final exam.

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.

Approved mandatory assignments and activity are valid for 3 years.

Students should consider buying a personal travel and personal injury insurance as the course contains lab and/or field work. Click here for further information about student insurance.


  • Exam in systematics (species knowledge) in the last part of the semester counts 20%
  • Final 3-hour written exam counts 50%
  • Project paper/essay counts 30% of the grade.

Journals from lab and field must be approved before students can sit for the final exam.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

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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