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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.


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).


The exams 1 and 2, in addition to mandatory laboratory reports in BIO1200A – Biologisk mangfold I, has to be passed to enter BIO1200B.

In addition, the following courses must be taken in the same semester or earlier than BIO1200B:

For students attending BIO1200A spring 2013 or later applies that BIO1200A can't be included in a degree before HMS0503 and HMS0504 are passed.

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

There can also be some overlap with older courses, please contact the administration's office for further enquiries.


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 July/August (5 days).

In addition there will be two day excursions: Birds in Østensjøvannet (in May) and mosses, lichens and fungus in Normarka (in August). The course requires that you have taken BIO1200A previous semester.

The midterm exam is a written systematic and ecologic fieldexam With questions from the fieldcourses and the excursions.

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

It is mandatory to participate on Laboratory work, hand inLaboratory journals and participate on fieldwork and excursions.

It is also mandatory to attend to the first lecture.

To get accepted on the course you have to have passed MNHMS0015, MNHOM0010LS and MNHMS0015FS in a previous semester.

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.


Two written part- examinations. Weighted: 40:60. The laboratory journals and the field work has to be passed to pass the course in total.

The first 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 second 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. There will also be given a new exam for students that are sick (and deliver a confirmation on this from their doctor).

Exam results from the 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).

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.


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

Facts about this course






Every autumn

For the last time spring 2017.

The course will be replaced by BIOS1150 and  BIOS2210


Every autumn

Teaching language


Course fee

150NOK per day on fieldwork