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Course content

The course gives an overview of the diversity of life as an introduction to further studies in biology. The course includes elements from classical genetics, population genetics, evolutionary biology, biodiversity (diversity of life – including prokaryotes, protests, i.e. algae and unicellular animals, fungi, plants and animals), and ecology.

Learning outcome

After fulfilling the course you should have the following competance:

  • could explain the mechanisms behind the evolution on small and large scale and understand the basic features in Mendelian genetics, Darwin’s theory of evolution, population genetics, and phylogeny
  • achieve basic overview of the diversity of life including bacteria, protists, plants, fungi, and animals, and understand the evolution of plants, fungi, and animals in light of adaptation to the environment
  • achieve overview of ecological topics as global climate zones, animal behaviour, population dynamics, and interactions between species and their environment
  • could perform and plan simple laboratory experiments enlightning various evolutionary mechanisms and morphology and life cycle of selected plants, fungi, and animals and assess the results in a laboratory journal


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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

In addition, the following courses must be taken in the same semester or earlier than BIO1000:

For students taking BIO1000 autumn 2012 or later; to have BIO1000 included in a degree you must first pass the HSE course HMS0503.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course is based on 2 BI from secondary education.

Overlapping courses

6 credits overlap with BIOS1150 – Biodiversity

BIO1000 have 10 credits overlap with BIO110B, and 10 credits overlap with BIO101.


Teaching methods will include lectures, laboratory lessons and colloquia. The laboratory lessons are mandatory, and reports from the laboratory exercises have to be approved prior to the final exam. Exemption from a laboratory class has to be applied for in advance (in writing). Absence due to illness requires medical documentation and this has to be submitted to the student administration's office. The first lecture is compulsory.

BIO1000 uses Fronter.

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.


Mid-term exam: compulsory participation in net-based home exam in Fronter (week 41). The exam does not count in the final grade but must be handed in. Final written exam (3 hours; 100%). To be allowed to take the final exam, reports from the laboratory lessons has to be approved and the home exam must be submitted.

This course offers resits in the beginning of the
subsequent term for students who withdraw during an ordinary
examination or fail an ordinary examination. We also offer postponed examination after legitimate absence.

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.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic evaluation Autumn 2012.

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Every autumn

For the last time autumn 2016


Every autumn

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