spring 2019
BIO-2003 From Individuals to Ecosystems - 10 ECTS

Last changed 30.08.2019

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

Theoretical. The course is available for students at the study programs Biologi, klima og miljø and Miljøledelse og forurensningsbiologi. The course is also available to exchange students from other biology study programs. 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 - nokut.no  

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

Course overlap

BIO-2102 Ecological theory (Ecology 2a) 10 stp

Course content

The course builds on prevailing ecological understanding from the level of individuals to populations and communities and finally to the ecosystem level. Each level will be addressed through current theoretical frameworks and methodologies within the associated research disciplines such as ecophysiology, life history, population, community and ecosystem ecology. The course will provide insight into how abiotic environmental factors and biotic interactions affect biodiversity, biological production in species and ecosystem function in different ecosystems. The course also examines how the adaptation of individual organisms to environmental variation in space and time can provide dynamics and structure at the population, community and ecosystem level.

Objectives of the course

After completing the course the student should have acquired knowledge in ecological theory and introduction to key ecological studies. Study examples will largely be sourced from northern ecosystems and current research topics at UiT. Students should also have acquired introduction to basic ecological modeling.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language. When only Scandinavian students attend, language of instruction is Scandinavian.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and computer lab.


4 hours written exam. Grade: A-F, F is failed. In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for any coursework requirements.

Coursework requirements: participation on seminars and computer lab.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BIO-2003