autumn 2015

BIO-2503 Freshwater Ecology - 10 stp

Last changed: 16.12.2015

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

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

Type of course

The course is available for students at the study program Biologi, klima og miljø and Miljøledelse og forurensningsbiologi and exchange students at a biology study program. The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries must have:

Generell studiekompetanse, samt følgende spesielle opptakskrav:

Matematikk R1 eller matematikk S1+S2 og i tillegg ett av følgende programfag:

  • Matematikk (R1+R2)
  • Fysikk (1+2)
  • Kjemi (1+2)
  • Biologi (1+2)
  • Informasjonsteknologi (1+2)
  • Geofag (1+2)
  • Teknologi og forskningslære (1+2)

Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants). It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. 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 contents

The course gives a broad introduction to freshwater ecology in lakes and river systems. The main topics are basic limnology (physical and chemical processes) and the ecology of phyto- and zooplankton, benthic plants and invertebrates, and freshwater fishes. The fish ecology part covers postglacial immigration and migrations of fishes, fish communities, ecological interactions, ecological induced speciation, analyses of fish populations and problems related to human activity in subarctic lakes and rivers. A compulsory semester thesis is given as a small research training exercise based on own data from the field course.

Objective of the course

Give fundament for the master degree specialization in Freshwater Ecology.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course has a 5 day field-course at Kilpis Biological Station (Finland), lectures (24 hours), lab course (10 hours), seminar and colloquium. Necessary safety training will be given.


One term paper (counts 50 %) and a oral exam (counts 50 %). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Available on request
Lectures Autumn 2015
First attendance: see timeschedule


Rune Knudsen

Phone: +4777646037


Andreassen, Siv

Student advisor
Phone: +4777646381