autumn 2022
GEO-3151 Geo-seminar in energy and environment - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: June 1st for the autumn semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

UiT students: September 1st for the autumn semester.

Type of course

This course is available as a single course.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in geology, or a similar degree following a programme of study of at least three years duration, 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 programme for basis of admission. Application code: 9371.

Course content

This research-oriented seminar includes in-depth discussions on selected contemporary topics in energy and environment, current technological developments and research directions, recent publications, etc. The course aims at fostering and developing scientific curiosity around the course theme and a critical reflection of representativeness, accuracy, reliability and importance of the data and results. The course consists of overview presentations, seminar presentations on selected topics given by the students, and a discussion about the topic prepared and led by the students. Thereby, the students will acquire skills in using scientific literature, being able to read, understand and discuss research by others, and learn how to present scientific results both in written form and orally.

Objectives of the course


The student has

  • an understanding of the relationship between energy (sources, production, transport and consumption) and the environment with particular focus on the global urgency regarding carbon and climate change.
  • a basic understanding of a number of technologies for mitigating climate change and its challenges.
  • an understanding of the principles of carbon capture and storage.
  • an understanding of past and present geological processes that remobilize carbon and have the potential to drive climate change.


The student can

  • identify and describe present energy use, trends, and impacts.
  • evaluate present and future technological challenges and changes.
  • use literature, evidence and critical thinking to make informed decisions regarding energy use and complex environmental challenges.

General competences

The student can

  • be thoughtful, engaged, informed and articulate in professional and personal arenas regarding energy and environmental issues.
  • carry out the most important elements of geological research projects: penetrating literature, analyzing data, and communicating results written and orally to fellow students/scientists.
  • work independent and in a team.

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English.

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, and seminars.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course?  Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Examination: Date: Weighting: Grade scale:
Off campus exam 15.12.2022 13:00 (Hand in) 1/2 Passed / Not Passed
Oral exam 1/2 Passed / Not Passed
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Re-sit examination

There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: GEO-3151
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