spring 2022
GEO-3113 Field course in exogene geology - 5 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December for the spring semester.

Type of course

This course is not available as a single course, and is not available for exchange students. The number of participants is limited.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in geology, or a similar degree following a program of study of at least three years, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4. In addition, specialization in geology worth the equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits is required. Normally, an average mark of C or better is required at the bachelor's degree level or other program for basis of admission.

Application code: 9371.

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:

GEO-8113 Field course in Exogene Geology 5 stp

Course content

The course provides field experience in interpreting Quaternary and ancient depositional environments based on mapping and studies of sedimentary sections. The first part of the course is based at the University of Tromsø's field station at Skibotn where sediment petrographic studies and a Quaternary mapping exercise are used to interpret the history of deglaciation, valley-filling, and sea-level change. The second part takes place in Eastern Finnmark where modern and postglacial, fluviodeltaic and regressive, coastal systems at Tana are used to demonstrate the relationship among depositional process, morphology, and architecture. The field course concludes with a study of ancient analogues in the Precambrian sedimentary rocks on the northern side of Varangerfjorden. The course aims to give field-based experience in sedimentological, Quaternary geological, and stratigraphic interpretation, and to provide an understanding of how depositional processes and other factors determine sedimentary facies and basin-fill architecture.

Recommended prerequisites

GEO-2003 Quaternary geology, GEO-2005 Sedimentology, GEO-2006 Introduction to applied geophysics

Objectives of the course


The student has

  • knowledge about how to do fieldwork and acquire data by studying sediments or consolidated sediments.
  • an understanding of how the distribution of wave energy may effect clast size and shap, and beach morphology.
  • an understanding of the distribution of deglacial and postglacial sediments in a fjord-valley system.
  • an understanding of how various sand-silt sediment facies and architectural elements may be related to and explained by a fjord-valley infill model.
  • an overview of the Precambrian geology of the world-famous Bigganjar¿ga locality (Varanger), and knowledge about the arguments both for the favored tillite interpretation and alternative views.
  • knowledge of the various Precambrian depositional environments represented along the Varanger coast, and how to study and interpret them in the field.


The student can

  • identify and map various glacial and postglacial sediments in the field.
  • make a plan for mapping of glacial/postglacial deposits, and reconstruct the deglaciation and sedimentation history.
  • apply the understanding of sedimentary processes and depositional products to interpret and discuss alternative depositional models.
  • analyze sedimentary facies and architecture, and distinguish between sediments deposited in a wide range of depositional environments.

General competences

The student can

  • collect and apply various data to better understand sedimentary geological systems.
  • analyze sedimentological data and discuss alternative models in a team.
  • develop models and interpretations based on own observations and data in combination with conceptual models from the literature.
  • solve problems analytically and efficiently in written English, and present research results orally in plenum.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

10 days of field course/excursion. Students will work in groups.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange students.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT


Field reports and group presentations. In total, this counts 100 % of the final grade.

Grading scale: Pass/fail. Students that do not pass the exam will have the opportunity to hand in revised field reports.

Compulsory learning activities

Approval of training in health, safety, and environment prior to the field course and excursion. This includes the use of helmets, high-visibility safety vests etc., and the use of geological equipment (e.g., hammer, spade, scraper, magnifier) in the field. Participation in the field course/excursion is mandatory.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: GEO-3113
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