BIOS3300 – Marine Biology
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course describes marine food chains from primary production to fish and top predators. Emphasis is placed on how the life history of species is adapted to physical oceanographic conditions and seasonal and geographical production in northern waters. The course also addresses key environmental challenges.
After having completed the course, you have knowledge of:
- Mechanisms and driving forces for ocean currents
- Marine food chains, from phytoplankton to top predators
- Life history of important Norwegian fish species and how these are adapted to the physical and biological environment
- Environmental issues
Admission to the course
The courses BIOS3300 and BIOS4300 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:
1. Bachelor´s programme students at the Department of Biosciences and master´s programme students at the MN Faculty who have the course approved in their study plan.
2. Other program students.
3. Single course students and exchange students.
Applicants are ranked by number of credits within each group; all applicants within the 1st group are ranked before applicants in the 2nd group etc. For students who have equal number of credits within one group, admission is determined by random selection.
The courses have a capacity of 40 students.
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)
And in addition one of these:
- Mathematics R2
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
Mathematics R2 was a requirement up until and including the study year 2021/2022, as part of a trial arrangement. From and including the study year 2022/2023, Mathematics R2 is no longer a requirement.
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 BIOS4300 – Marine Biology.
Mandatory seminars where each student is given a theme they will present to each other
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 email@example.com prior to the first lecture.
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 exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.
This course has mandatory course work that must be approved before you can sit the final 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 course: BIOS4300 – Marine Biology
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper 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: