autumn 2022
GEO-3118 Environmental geology - 5 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

Environmental geology looks at issues related to human impact on nature like global warming, river regulation, groundwater- and ocean pollution as well as natural hazards such as landslides, floods and earthquakes. The relationship between geology and health is also considered. These themes are further explored through practical examples.

Recommended prerequisites

GEO-1001 Introduction to geology

Objectives of the course


The student has

  • a comprehensive understanding of basic geological processes and principles involved in environmental geology
  • knowledge of the different methods to interpret and predict environmental change.
  • knowledge of the potential and limitations of each method and data source.
  • knowledge on how to define and evaluate natural versus man-made environmental changes.


The student can

  • describe and analyze different types of data from man-made and naturally polluted areas.
  • use data and geological knowledge to determine if an area has been affected by natural or anthropogenic impact.
  • report environmental geological findings and formulate scholarly arguments when delivering oral/poster presentations, reporting scientific findings, and presenting data.
  • write a research essay on a given topic by presenting and justifying own results in the light of published studies.

General competences

The student can

  • perform the most important elements of scientific research projects: penetrating literature, carrying out field research, analyzing data, and communicating results to fellow students/scientists.
  • solve scientific problems analytically and prompt in written English and present research results orally in plenum.
  • work independent and in a team to solve problems related to environmental geology.
  • critically evaluate and judge the quality of data and conclusions presented in primary databases, research articles and scientific reports.
  • critically evaluate and judge the quality of data and conclusions obtained and presented in the group projects

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

20 hours of lectures, 12 hours of exercises.

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: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 24.11.2022 09:00
4 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Exercise 1 Approved – not approved
Exercise 2 Approved – not approved
Exercise 3 Approved – not approved
Exercise 4 Approved – not approved
Exercise 5 Approved – not approved
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the coursework requirements

All exercises must be approved in order to get addmittance to the exam.

Re-sit examination

A re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination will not be arranged.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: GEO-3118
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