This course is discontinued

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Course content

BIO2130 was given in Autumn 2008 for the last time. The course is under reconstruction and will continue as BIO2150A.

Different types of biological data and how they may be described by statistical variables. Sampling methods in different disciplines of biology Parametric and non-parametric methods. General and generalized linear models. Multivariate methods with application to systematics, ecology, and toxicology.

Learning outcome

  • Students will become competent in designing field studies and experiments at a scientifically acceptable level.
  • Student will become capable of evaluating the statistical bases for results and theories in biological journals.


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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

STK1000 – Introduction to Applied Statistics, MAT1001 – Mathematics 1 (discontinued).

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIOS3000 – Design and analysis of biological studies

The subject may overlap with BIO310A and BIO312.


Lectures: 4 hours/week. Practical work for 2 hours a week. The student are expected to participate during lectures.


Two mandatory written assignments must have been approved before admission to the final exam. The course has two exams, both with a duration of 3 hours: a written midterm exam with no written aids permitted, and a written final exam with all written aids permitted. Final grade is set from a general assessment based on a 40:60 weighting of the two exams. Letter grade (A-F).


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.

Resit an examination

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


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




BIO2130 was given for the last time Autumn 2008. The course is now called BIO2150A.

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