BIOS1001 – Evolution, Ecology and the Anthropocene: Introduction to Bioscience

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Course content

The course will provide a basic introduction to biology for students without specific background in the subject, and include basic knowledge in genes and inheritance, evolution and ecology (including biodiversity), with a focus on the interaction between man and nature. This will include climate change, loss of diversity, relevant aspects of human behavioral biology and the concept of anthropocene. There will be introduction to lab exercises.

Learning outcome

  • A basic understanding of biological concepts and principles as well as research methodology
  • Understand the principles of inheritance and evolution
  • Understand basic ecological principles
  • Basic insights into human evolution, behavior and the interaction between human and nature
  • Major environmental challenges related to climate change, species and environmental issues

Admission to the 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.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course requires no prior knowledge beyond general university and college admissions certification.

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures
  • Colloquias
  • 4 "virtual" labs with demonstrations and mandatory submissions

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture. This also applies for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

Approved mandatory course work is valid for 3 years.

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


  • 3 hours written exam.

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 29, 2022 3:39:09 AM

Facts about this course


The course is last held autumn 2019


Examination is last held autumn 2020

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