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BIO-3020 Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

Master course for biology students. Theoretical and practical.

The course is available as a singular course.

Maximum number of participants: 30.

Course contents

The course will cover general principles of ecotoxicology through lectures, seminars, and a practical component.

More specifically, the course will give an overview of environmental contaminants and their fate in the environment, including emissions and transport of contaminants and effects in biota from cellular to community/ecosystem levels. The course will also include principles and methodologies in toxicity testing and environmental risk assessment.

The practical component of the course will allow to acquire practical skills within the field of ecotoxicology and apply the theoretical knowledge by performing an ecotoxicological experiment, learning to analyse, discuss and present produced data.

Application deadline

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

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Maximum number of participants: 30

Objective of the course

Students who have completed the course shall:



General competence

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures (10 x 45 min), seminars (10 x 45 min), experimental work (5 days), laboratory work (4 days), 1 x pc-lab (6h) and home assignment (report).

The course schedule will be coordinated with BIO-3009 and when possible with BIO-3015.


The exam consists of a Laboratory Report which counts 50% of the grade and a 4 hour written exam which counts 50% of the grade. Grade: A-F, F is failed. In order to sit an examination students must complete and pass any obligatory coursework requirements.

Obligatory coursework requirements: 

Re-sit exam:

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

Date for examination

Written examination 04.12.2020;Lab report hand in date 27.11.2020

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

Course overlap

BIO-2015 Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology 1 10 stp
Lectures Autumn 2020
Lectures f.aman. Anita Evenset
f.aman. Jasmine Magali Nahrgang-Berge
f.aman. Sophie Bourgeon
Seminars f.aman. Anita Evenset
f.aman. Jasmine Magali Nahrgang-Berge
f.aman. Sophie Bourgeon
Experimental days f.aman. Jasmine Magali Nahrgang-Berge
Laboratory gr 1 and 2 with BIO-3008 f.aman. Jasmine Magali Nahrgang-Berge
Laboratory gr 3 and 4 f.aman. Jasmine Magali Nahrgang-Berge
PC-lab f.aman. Jasmine Magali Nahrgang-Berge
Laboratory all groups f.aman. Jasmine Magali Nahrgang-Berge