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Course content

The course presents modern evolutionary science, the origin of life and its evolution. Central themes are: species concepts, speciation, population genetics, quantitative genetics, pattern and process in micro- and macro-evolution, molecular evolution and aquatic ecology.

Learning outcome

To provide the students with a solid knowledge of different research methods and results in contemporary evolutionary science. The students will be trained in evaluating different types of scientific evidence, and make presentations verbally and in writing.


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).

Recommended previous knowledge

Prior background in Biology is an advantage.

Overlapping courses

The course might overlap with older courses. Contact the students administrations office if you have questions.


Lectures, essay-writing, solving questions in seminars, computer-excercises and other excercises. The computer lab with assignments is obligatory.

This course uses Canvas. But before the start of the semester, information will be given through the semester page.


1 essay (counts 30%). In addition to the essay a form with your signature to prevent plagiarism/cheating has to be delivered. Read more about what qualifies as cheating here. The essay is to be submitted in Canvas. The controllprogram Ephorus is installed, and run for every essay.

Written exam (3 hours) at the end of the semester (counts 70%).

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

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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.

Facts about this course






Every spring

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

The course will be replaced partly by BIOS1140


Every spring

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