Undergraduate course

Introduction to Evolution and Ecology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO100
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Objectives and Content

The subject gives a basic introduction to how the process of evolution can be utilized to achieve biological insight: how adaptation operates in biological entities, genetic algorithms, evolution of life and macroevolution, population genetics, human evolution. The course does also contain basic population dynamics, the development of the field of biology, and ends with areas for application for evolutionary principles. The mathematical contents of the course is linked to population dynamics, population genetics, behaviour, and natural selection.

Learning Outcomes

Goals for learning:

  • to give students an introduction to biological reasoning, with emphasis on evolution and adaptation
  • to give students a foundation for a unified understanding of the biological disciplines taught in later bachelor courses
  • to show that the present philosophy of biology has come about through scientific research
  • to give a basic introduction to the application of mathematics in biology
  • to give students a basic understanding of evolution and human biology
  • to train students in critical evaluation of texts
  • to give students experiences in writing, cooperation and portfolio evaluation

Recommended Previous Knowledge

The course is based upon MAT101 or MAT111 which can be read in parallel.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    08.03.2018, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam