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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 global environment is tightly linked to the global cycles of carbon and other key elements like nitrogen, phosphorus and iron. These elements are also closely related to the hydrological cycle as well as biological production, diversity and ecosystem services, and chemical properties of the environment. The course will focus on couplings between biological, geological and chemical processes, on the interactions between climate and the environment, and human impacts on these processes.

The lectures are common for the courses KJM3070 and KJM4070 while most of the colloquia, workshops and labs are being held separately.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will:

  • Have knowledge about the development of the biosphere on Earth and the major biogeochemical interactions in air, land and water.
  • Have knowledge about the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and mercury.
  • Be able to explain the major processes governing these cycles
  • Provide examples on how these cycles are linked
  • Be able to explain why and how the biogeochemical system is changing
  • Explain how climate and biogeochemical processes mutually interacts
  • Have obtained skills in calculation of chemical speciation by use of a speciation programme
  • Be able to perform simple mass balance calculations

Admission to the course

Studenter må hvert semester søke og få plass på undervisningen og melde seg til eksamen i Studentweb.

Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.

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 course must taken before the first lab session: 

HMS0503 - Laboratory Safety

Basic knowledge in chemistry and ecology

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures

  • Colloquium

  • Mandatory workshop

  • Mandatory lab

  • Mandatory submissions

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

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.

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.


  • Final written digital exam, 3 hours, whcih counts 100% towards the final grade.

This course has mandatory course work that must be approved before you can sit the finale exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:  KJM3070 – Biogeochemistry KJM4070 – Biogeokjemi

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

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

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 1:13:46 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)