spring 2016

BIO-2506 Introduction to fish biology - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 07.04.2017

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. (Concerns only admission to singular courses.) Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is available for students at the study programs Fiskeri- og havbruksvitenskap, Fiskehelse and Biologi, klima og miljø and Miljøledelse og forurensningsbiologi. The course is also available to exchange students at a biology study program. Available as singular course.

The course capacity for Bio-2506 is a maximum of 60 students each semester, but in the event of capacity problems priority will be given to students who have the course as an obligatory subject in their degree program.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries: Generell studiekompetanse, samt følgende spesielle opptakskrav:

Matematikk R1 eller matematikk S1+S2 og i tillegg ett av følgende programfag:

  • Matematikk (R1+R2)
  • Fysikk (1+2)
  • Kjemi (1+2)
  • Biologi (1+2)
  • Informasjonsteknologi (1+2)
  • Geofag (1+2)
  • Teknologi og forskningslære (1+2)

Søknadskode 9336 enkeltemner i realfag.

It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects). A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website - nokut.no

Course content

The course gives an introduction to the life-styles of fishes, with an emphasis on anatomy and physiological adaptations to different aquatic habitats.The following themes are covered: fish diversity and distributions, swimming, osmoregulation, respiration, feeding and digestion, reproduction and larval development, and life-histories.

The laboratory course gives students an introduction to practical work in the laboratory, data analysis and the writing of reports.
Students are also required to write aterm-paper (essay) on a selected topic.

Objectives of the course

Students that have completed Bio-2506 Introduction to Fish Biology:

  • Can describe the structural, functional and physiological adaptations shown by fish in relation to their environment
  • Have knowledge of the inter-relationships of the major groups of fishes in an evolutionary and developmental perspective
  • Have knowledge of the anatomy and function of the organ systems of fish
  • Be able to write scientific reports based upon the results of laboratory experiments and  exercises
  • Be able to read and understand scientific literature, and be able to précis, discuss and prepare written presentations based upon their reading


Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course has multiple teaching approaches


There are two work assignments (project/group-work) consisting of a laboratory course with report, and the writing of an essay (term paper). The assignments are evaluated as pass/fail. Participation in the written examination is conditional upon students having achieved pass grades for both the laboratory report and essay.

There is a final written examination (4 hours duration). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

There will be no re-sit examination in Bio-2506. Candidates who fail the written exam in one semester can re-register for the course and take the ordinary written examination the following semester.

Date for examination

Written exam 09.06.2016

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

F-131 Biology of Fishes 6 stp
BIO-2505 Fish Biology 10 stp
FSK-2506 Introduction to fish biology 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

See either Classfronter or contact Malcolm Jobling


Jobling, Malcolm

Professor (Fish Biology and Aquaculture)
Telefon: +4777644496
Mobil: 91682050 malcolm.jobling@uit.no


Andreassen, Siv

Telefon: +4777646381 siv.andreassen@uit.no