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BIO-3029 Sea ice habitats and biology - 5 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi

Type of course

Master course for mainly biology students, but students from other disciplines (e.g. physcis, geology, chemistry) are encouraged to enroll.

The course is available as a singular course.

Course contents

The course will provide the students with detailed knowledge regarding the physical, chemical and biological properties of sea ice from micro- to basin-wide scales.

The following topics will be covered for the Arctic Ocean, sub-Arctic Seas (e.g. Baltic, Ramfjorden, Saroma-Ko Lagoon), and the Southern Ocean:

The course will consist of weekly blocks of two hours of lectures and a two hour seminar assignment. Within each week, the two lectures will focus on a certain theme. The seminar will be largely group work by the students (2 to 5 students per group), working on theme specific tasks including analysis of data sets, calculation of ice properties, analysis of remote sensing information. Each group will develop a short 5 to 10 minute presentation which is given in the second half of the seminar hour. This will give students the opportunity to enhance their ability for group work, discuss science, and improve their presentation skills as well as being active in discussions. These seminar assignments are an essential part of the course, mandatory, but not graded.

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - Master`s level singular course. Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Objective of the course

Through attendance of lectures and participation in seminars (e.g. group work & class discussion) students will develop knowledge on:

Students will apply this knowledge (skills) to:

Following this course and completion of the essay assignment, students should have general competence in:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures (10 x 45 min), seminars (10 x 45 min), reading assignments for each week, home assignment (essays), preparation for one written exam. Preparations of presentations in seminar are done mainly during class hours.

Students are expected to actively participate in the lectures. 90% participation in the seminars is mandatory.

Date for examination

School exam 17.03.2023;Off campus exam hand in date 11.04.2023

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