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BIO-2506 Introduction to Fish Biology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Norges fiskerihøgskole

Type of course

The course is available for students at the study programs Fiskeri- og havbruksvitenskap, Akvamedisin and Biologi 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.

Course overlap

BIO-2506 Introduction to fish biology (NFH) 10 stp

Course contents

Fish are of considerable importance to humans as a source of food, both from capture fisheries and through various forms of culture. Rational exploitation and management of fish stocks, irrespective of whether they be wild or captive, relies upon detailed insights into, and knowledge about, their biology. This course is an initial step towards giving you that knowledge. 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 will give you an introduction to practical work in the laboratory, data analysis and the writing of reports.

You will write a term-paper (essay) on a central theme within fish biology by selecting a topic of your choice from a suggested list of titles.

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.

Admission requirements

Nordic applicants: Admission requirements are generell studiekompetanse + REALFA.

Application code: 9336

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. 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  

Course participants are expected to have a reasonable working knowledge of mathematics chemistry and aquatic biology/ecology, i.e. have taken introductory university courses (minimum 10 STP) in these subjects.

Objective of the course

Once you have have completed Bio-2506 Introduction to Fish Biology you will have developed several general scientific and biological skills and have become knowledgeable about fish, with an insight into the anatomy and physiological adaptations of fish to aquatic habitats: what fish do and how they do it.


Skills and proficiency:

General skills:

Language of instruction

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

36 hours lectures, 4-day laboratory course followed by the writing of a laboratory report, and writing of an essay (term paper) under supervision. Necessary safety training for labwork  will be given.


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.

Obligatory coursework requirements:
There are two work assignments (submitted as 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.

Re-sit exam:
There will be a re-sit examination for candidates who did not pass the previous examination.

Date for examination

Written exam 11.12.2019

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