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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

The course gives an overview of saltwater and freshwater organisms, focusing on Norwegian biodiversity. Main themes are the classification, structure, function and adaptations of central species and groups.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • know the most important Norwegian aquatic organisms and their environment
  • understand how bio diversity varies with habitat and the seasons
  • know the structure, function and environmental adaptations of organisms
  • understand the relationship between biodiversity and evolution
  • can use different methods for the purpose of taxonomic identification and analysis of biodiversity

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).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following courses must be taken before the first laboratory exercise and field excursion in BIOS2220:

HMS0503 - Laboratory Safety​

HMS0504 - Field Safety

BIOS1150 – Biodiversity

Overlapping courses


The course consists of lectures, colloqvia, lab sessions and field trips. Lab and field journals must be marked in order to sit for the final exam. Field trips are mandatory. 

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.

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.

Cost of taking the course

Field Course: Students pay a deductible of NOK 150 / day with accommodation.


  • A written, practical exam in systematics count 20 % towards the final mark
  • The final 3 hour exam counts for 80 % of the final mark

Participation on field trips, and journals from lab and field must be approved before students can 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.

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. 20, 2020 2:13:31 PM

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