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Course content

The course gives an overview of important groups of algae, plants, animals and fungi, with emphasis on the species richness of Norway. The classification of species/groups, their biology and ecology are central themes. Lectures and laboratory sessions will cover algae, higher plants and invertebrates. In addition, ecology and taxonomic knowledge of moss, fungus and vertebrate species will briefly be introduced during the field courses. Lectures on these groups will be part of BIO1200B, lectured the following Autumn semester.

Learning outcome

Students will obtain knowledge of important species and groups in Norwegian nature, their evolutionary relationships and adaptations to the environment. You will also obtain an understanding of taxonomic identification with the aid of relevant literature and general knowledge of habitat types as a part of the field 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.

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 BIO1200A:

For students attending BIO1200A spring 2013 or later applies that BIO1200A can't be included in a degree before HMS0503 is passed.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with BIOS2220 – Aquatic Biodiversity

The course overlaps 10 ECTS credits with both BIO1100 and BIO1110. There can also be some overlap with older courses. Contact the student administration office if you have any questions.


The teaching will cover lectures, laboratory practical classes and an obligatory field course. There will be a marine Field course to Drøbak and a terrestric field course to Tomb in June.
We require active participation in the course. There will be obligatory participation in Laboratory sessions, and obligatory participation in the field courses.

The field course has a fee of 150 NKR pr. day.

Students who want to register for BIO1200B, must give notice to the student administration office as early as possible, and at least within July 1st. This topic will have a mandatory field course in July/August.

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

It is mandatory to meet on the first lecture.

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.


Two written examinations of 2 and 4 hours duration (25:75). The Laboratory sessions and field work have to be passed to take the final exam.

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 be arranged a retake exam for students who fail the course.

Bio 1200A-students will get pass/fail participation on the field course part.

Exam results from single exams 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).

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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.

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.

Facts about this course






Every spring

The course will be offered for the last time spring 2017.

The course will be replaced by BIOS1150 and  BIOS2220


Every spring

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