spring 2018
BIO-2010 Marine Ecology - 10 ECTS

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 program Biologi, klima og miljø, Miljøledelse og forurensningsbiologi and exchange students at a biology study program. The course is available as a singular course. Students are encouraged to also take BIO-2516 Ocean Climate and BIO-2513 Marin biodiversitet (Please note! Norwegian taught course)  

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries must have:

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)

Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants). 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. 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 overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

BIO-2514 Marine ecology 10 stp
BIO-1501 Aquatic Ecology 5 stp

Course content

The course deals with three main marine science topics: Environmental knowledge: temp., salinity, density, light, heat-flux, air-sea interactions and regional characteristics. The ecology of pelagic organisms, abiotic and biotic interactions, dynamics. Benthic ecology: the organisms, populations, community ecology and basic pollution knowledge.

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-2513 Marin biodiversitet

Objectives of the course

Students that have completed the course shall have the following learning outcome:
  • Knowledge of what physical oceanographical parameters regulate marine biomass at different trophic levels.
  • Knowledge of how the physical environment regulates/influences marine organisms and communities.
  • Knowledge of what separates the different marine food chains in terms of organisms and dynamics.
  • Obtain skills in setting up research-logistics and report-writing.
  • Have a holistic understanding of marine ecosystems.
  • Be able to describe main differences in the marine bitoropes ocean, coast, estuaries etc.
  • Shall be able to describe a north-south gradient in marine organism-groups and dynamics.
  • Shall be able to judge how industrial pollution of various kinds potentially can influence/change pelagic and benthic communities.
  • Shall be able to plan research cruise and prepare good research reports.

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, lab. exercises and research cruise. Necessary safety training will be given.  


Oral exam. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. The laboratory course and cruise is mandatory.

Two course work requirements: approved cruisereport and approved labreport. In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for any coursework requirements.

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Fronter or contact Svein Kristiansen.

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BIO-2010
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet