Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

MAT2200 gives an introduction to group and ring theory with emphasis on finite groups, polynomial rings, and field extensions.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you:

  • know the fundamental definitions and results in group theory, including the Lagrange Theorem, group homomorphisms, the relation between normal subgroups and quotient groups, and the isomorphism theorems;
  • will have detailed knowledge of the structure of finitely generated abelian groups and permutation groups, and you will have learned about cyclic, dihedral, symmetric, and alternating groups;
  • have learned about group actions, orbits and stabilizer groups, and the symmetry groups of certain geometric figures;
  • know the fundamental concepts and results in ring theory, including the concepts of an ideal, quotient ring, integral domain, and field, and you will have seen examples of finite rings and fields;
  • will have learned about principal ideal domains and in more detail about polynomial rings in one variable, and you will know the fundamental properties of finite field extensions;
  • will know the proofs and applications of central theorems in one or more of the subjects:
    • Elementary number theory;
    • Burnside’s Theorem;
    • The Sylow Theorems;
    • Galois theory;
    • Classical results on constructibility.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

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 course follows on from MAT1100 – Calculus, MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra and MAT1120 – Linear Algebra

Overlapping courses

  • 9 credits overlap with MA131.
  • 9 credits overlap with MA220.
  • 9 credits overlap with MA120.


4 hours of lectures/exercises every week for the duration of the semester.


1 mandatory assignment.

Final written examination.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. 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

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 13, 2020 9:20:40 AM

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