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This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course gives an introduction to the subject geology. It includes lectures and laboratory practices aimed for the understanding of basic concepts and processes in general geology.

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 the Earth structure and to explore for hydrocarbons.
  • Basic knowledce 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
  • Environmental geology
  • Geotechnics
  • Climate and paleoclimate
  • Global warming

The course includes a field excursion to the Oslo region (2 days).
The excursion is recommended but not mandatory. The total amount of participants is limited. A field guide, which contains exam material, will be provided to all students. A fee has to be paid by excursion participants.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1


Skriftlig prøve og mappevurdering
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
Andres Felipe Cedeno Motta , Dora Luz Marin Restrepo , Guro Laurentze Sætre Skarstein
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


1. Grotzinger, J., Jordan, TH 2014. Understanding Earth, 7th edition. Freeman & Co., 650 pp, ISBN: 9781464138744.
2. Fossen, H., 2008. Geologi. Stein, mineraler, fossiler og olje. Fagbokforlaget, Bergen, 169 sider.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020