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Høst 2023

BIO-2506 Introduction to Fish Biology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Norges fiskerihøgskole

Type of course

The course is primarily for students taking degree programs Akvamedisin and Biology (Bachelor and Master) at UiT. It is also open as an elective course for exchange students who are taking a biology study program. BIO-2506 has a maximum capacity of 60 students; in the event of the course being oversubscribed priority will be given to students who have the course as an obligatory subject in their degree program.

Course overlap

FSK-2051 Aquatic Biology II 5 ects

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.

Admission requirements

Nordic applicants: Admission requirements are generell studiekompetanse + REALFA.

Application code: 9197

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 competence:

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

Lectures, 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.