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Undergraduate course

Nordic Nature

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO262
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish. Norwegian if only Norwegian-speaking students attend the seminar.
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Semester of Instruction

Autumn, even years. This is a course with limited capacity. Students enrolled in the Bachelor's or Master's programmes at the Departement of Biology will be given priority.

Objectives and Content

This course will give an overview of the distribution of species and communities in the Nordic countries, focusing on Norway. The major vegetation types and how these are distributed along ecological gradients will be presented. It will be shown how present-day geographical patterns are affected by climate and environment, but also by historical factors such as for example immigration routes after the last glacial. Quaternary landscape and vegetation development will be treated. The coures has a limited number of places. Students accepted to master's programmes at the Department of Biology will be given priority.

Learning Outcomes

The students will learn the major patterns in the composition and distribution of Nordic plants and vegetation types in relation to ecological conditions and history. A field course report will give practice in writing scientific reports.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Field trip with report

Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 3 h