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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 provides a thorough introduction to modern evolutionary science, with an emphasis on phenotypic evolution, life history theory, adaptation, speciation and macroevolution.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you have:

  • Good understanding of basic concepts within the theory of evolution such as phylogeny, natural selection, fitness, plasticity, adaptation, speciation, inheritance and genetic variation.
  • Good understanding of the main principles of quantitative genetics so that you can perform calculations of the evolution of phenotypic characters.
  • Knowledge of how different life history strategies (organism growth, development and reproduction) can be explained through adaptation and natural selection.
  • Knowledge of the processes that give rise to new species, the main features of the evolution of life on Earth and the factors that determine the geographic distribution of organisms.
  • Insight into how evolution takes place over different time scales, and how micro- and macroevolution is linked.
  • Gained experience in finding, acquainting yourself with, critically evaluating and disseminating research literature in writing and orally.

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).

BIOS1140 – Evolusjon og genetikk

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures

  • Qolloquia/computer labs/seminars with calculations

  • 2 mandatory assignments

  • Essay Writing 6 pages (obligatory)

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.


The assignments must be approved before students can sit for the final exam.

Approved mandatory course work are valid for 3 years. New essay must be submitted each semester.

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.

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:  BIOS4100 - Evolution

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response 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. 29, 2020 9:13:16 AM

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Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)