BIOS3100 – Evolution
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course provides a thorough introduction to modern evolutionary science, with an emphasis on phenotypic evolution, life history theory, adaptation, speciation and macroevolution.
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).
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with BIOS4100 – Evolution.
- 6 credits overlap with BIO2120 – Evolutionary Biology (discontinued).
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 email@example.com prior to the first lecture.
Mandatory essay counts for 30% of the mark. You submit your essay in the exam system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera. When writing an essay, you must familiarize yourself with the rules for source usage and references. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating / attempted cheating.
Final written exam counts for 70% of the mark
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.
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: