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Undergraduate course

Introduction to Evolution and Ecology

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


Level of Study


Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (<email>studie.bio@uib.no</email>). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Place of Instruction


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


  • have knowledge of the history and core logic of evolutionary theory, as well as of Darwin and other key people
  • know how evolution takes place at the individual and population level and has a molecular basis
  • have knowledge of key concepts, definitions and theories in ecology, behavior, learning, life history, population dynamics, genetics and evolution
  • have an understanding of how selection pressure arises in ecological interaction and competition between individual and species
  • know the main lines of life's origin and evolution on earth, including the evolution of man


  • do simple arithmetic problems and calculations in population dynamics and genetics, including using spreadsheets
  • be able to read and explain graphs with research results

General competence:

  • apply a precise terminology with clear use of concepts and unambiguous sentences
  • see parallels and draw lines between different biological disciplines as the theory of evolution brings them together
  • recognize and discuss evolutionary issues in texts on biological systems
  • collaborate in groups and reason and argue about evolution and ecology

Recommended Previous Knowledge

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

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and activities

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment

Grading Scale

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

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Administrator

The Faculty og Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Department of Biological Sciences has the responsibility for the course and study programme


Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no

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.

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment (New exam)

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

      01.03.2023, 09:00
      3 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam