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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

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

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) + 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)

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

Attendance to the first lecture is mandatory. 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 course work is valid for 3 years.

Access to teaching 

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.


  • Mandatory essay counts 30% towards the final mark. You submit your essay in the exam system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.  When writing your essay make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations. Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of attempted cheating.

  • Final written exam, 3 hours, which counts 70% towards the final mark.

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

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

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 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. 23, 2021 10:22:04 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)