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Course content

The course gives an overview of groups of plants, animals and fungi, putting emphasis on the species richness of Norway. Central themes are classification of species/groups, their biology and ecology. A general introduction to habitat types and research on biological diversity including conservation biology will also be given.

Learning outcome

Students will obtain knowledge of important species and species groups in Norwegian nature, their evolutionary relationships and adaptations to the environment. An understanding of taxonomic identification with the help of relevant literature and general knowledge of habitat types and biodiversity research will also be obtained.


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.

To follow this course after the semester has started, please contact the student administration office.


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).

Following courses must be taken in the same semester or earlier than BIO1200:

Course registration and registration for examination for BIO1200 will therefore be deleted if course registration and registration for examination for MNLAB0010A, MNLAB0010B and MNLAB0010C are missing. For students partaking in BIO1200 spring 2013 or later, applies that BIO1200 can't be included in a degree before MNLAB0010A, MNLAB0010B and MNLAB0010C are passed.

Special admission requirements:

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

The course overlaps with BIO1100 and BIO1110, both 10 ECTS credits. BIO1200 also overlap 10 credits with BIO1200A. There can also be some overlap with older courses, please contact the administration's office for further enquiries.


This course lasts two semesters, starting only in Spring. Teaching will cover lectures, laboratory practical classes, group work and three obligatory field courses:

Aquatic environment :Drøbak in June (4 days).
Lowland: Tomb in June (5 days).
Highland: Finse in August (5 days).

We require active participation in the course. There will be obligatory handing in of laboratory journals and obligatory participation in the field courses.

The field courses has a fee of NOK 150 pr. day.

Students who want to "transfer" to BIO1200A, must give notice as early as possible, and at least within the exam in June.

This course uses Fronter. Before the start of the semester information will be given on the semesterpage.

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.


Four written part- examinations. Weighted: 20:30:20:30. The laboratory journals and the field work has to be passed to pass the course in total.

The first exam is held in the midle of the spring semester, and has to be passed to continue the course. There will be offered a retake exam for students that fail or withdraw.

The second exam is held in the end of the spring semester. There will not be arranged a retake exam on this one. There will however be given a new exam for students that are sick (and deliver a confirmation on this from their doctor).

The third exam will contain questions related to the field courses. It is arranged in the midle of the autumn semester. There will not be arranged a retake exam on this one. There will however be given a new exam for students that are sick (and deliver a confirmation on this from their doctor).

The fourth and final exam is held in the end of the autumn semester. There will be offered a retake exam for students that fail or withdraw.

Exam results from the single exams 1,2 and 4 cannot be transferred. However, laboratory reports and participation in field courses can be transferred within a period of five years (assuming that there has been no major changes).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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.


The obligatory field courses has an admission fee that must be paid in advance.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2013 it was decided that BIO1200 (20 credits) where to be replaced by two 10 credits topics, BIO1200A (taught every spring) and BIO1200B (taught every Autumn). The two courses will cover the same lectures and fieldcourses as BIO1200, which was lectured for the last time in 2013.

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