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Earth, energy and climate

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course gives an introduction to the Earth as a system. It covers therefore aspects for other than earth sciences as well like construction, environment and climatology. Laboratory practices aim for the understanding of basic concepts and processes in applied geosciences.

Learning outcome

  • Knowledge about the structure and history of Earth.
  • Knowledge about geological time and geological processes that form the Earth structure.
  • Knowledge about elements and processes of subsurface methods to address a wide field of sciences like environment, geology, construction and economic geology.
  • Knowledge on different methods that are used to identify rocks, understand rocks and sediments of the Earth structure and to explore for hydrocarbons.
  • Basic knowledge of geoscientific processes related to global warming and climatology

  • Be able to identify different types of rocks and minerals.
  • Be able to apply basic geologic concepts for the fields of environmental geology, economic geology, geohazards.
  • Be able to apply basic knowledge of subsurface analytical methods to a wide field of sciences.

General competence:
  • Background on general geology that can be used as a basis for other areas in geology, engineering, environment, construction and economics.
  • Have an understanding of the complexity of geological elements and processes that form the Earth.
  • Be able to communicate and explain basic geology.
  • Be able to apply several geophysical methods to understand the structure of the subsurface for economic geology, construction science and archeometry.


Essential topics that will be addressed in the course are:
  • General geology
  • Evolution of the Earth
  • Earth history
  • Classification of rocks and minerals
  • Petroleum Geosciences
  • Introduction to paleontology
  • Plate tectonics
  • Introduction to structural geology
  • Geophysical methods
  • Geotechnics
  • Environmental geologi
  • Climate and paleoclimate
  • Global warming

The course include short field excursions.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1


Written exam and Portfolio Assessment
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/24 hoursA - FValid calculator.
Portfolio Assessment1/2 A - F
The final grade is composed of 50% final exam and 50% of laboratory assignments. The latter contains 6-11 reports written during the teaching time related to the laboratories.
Both exam and laboratory need to be successfully studied (E) as a minimum requirement.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Udo Zimmermann
Course teacher
Dora Luz Marin Restrepo , Guro Laurentze Sætre Skarstein , Udo Zimmermann
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

This course consists of lectures, laboratory exercises and a recommneded excursion (not mandatory).
6 hours of lectures per week
2 hours of laboratory practice per week

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Geology (BIP330_1) 10

Open to

Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Industrial economics - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year
Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years

Course assessment

Standard UiS protocol


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2020