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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


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).

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with BIO1200A – Biodiversity (discontinued)


The course consists of lectures, lab sessions and field trips. Lab and field journals must be marked in order to 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.

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.


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

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.

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






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