autumn 2018

BIO-2503 Freshwater Ecology - 10 stp

Last changed: 29.01.2019

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

Nordic applicants: Admission requirements are generell studiekompetanse + REALFA.

Application code: 9336

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 -  

All applicants: The course requires basic knowledge in biology and ecology at university level. Basic knowledge in chemistry and mathematics is an advantage.

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 and an oral exam. The final grade for the course is based upon a complete evaluation of the term paper and the oral exam.

The exam will be assessed with 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.

Date for examination

Term paper hand in date 02.11.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Available on request
Lectures Autumn 2018
First attendance: Monday August 20 at 08:15will be published later. Fieldcourse: Auguste 20 - 24
Lecture f.aman. Roar Kristoffersen
prof. Rune Knudsen
Field course f.aman. Roar Kristoffersen
prof. Rune Knudsen
Lab prof. Rune Knudsen


Rune Knudsen

Phone: +4777646037


Kristoffersen, Roar

Associate professor
Phone: +4777645111


Camilla Andreassen

Student advisor
Phone: +4777623206


Andreassen, Siv

Student advisor
Phone: +4777646381