Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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

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 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)

And in addition one of these:

  • Mathematics R2
  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

Mathematics R2 was a requirement up until and including the study year 2021/2022, as part of a trial arrangement. From and including the study year 2022/2023, Mathematics R2 is no longer a requirement.

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  course must taken before the first lab session and field course:

Overlapping courses


The course consists of:

  • Lectures
  • Mandatory lab sessions
  • Mandatory field trips

Mandatory course work, including journals from lab and field, must be approved before students can sit for the final exam.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture. This also applies for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if notice is not given to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

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.

Approved mandatory course work is valid for 3 years.

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.


  • Exam in systematics (species knowledge) in the last part of the semester which counts 30% toward the final grade.

  • Final written exam which counts 70% towards the final grade.

This course has mandatory coursework 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.  You may apply for examination text in 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) Dec. 4, 2022 7:19:57 AM

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