spring 2020

BIO-3518 Limnology - 5 ECTS

Last changed: 30.03.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

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

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in Freshwater Ecology. The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course. Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Course content

The course gives an introduction to the most important physical and chemical factors and processes in freshwater environments as a foundation for understanding ecological patterns. The emphasis is put on lakes, and the following themes are covered: characteristics of water, origins of lakes, light in inland waters, fate of heat, oxygen, inorganic carbon, the cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus, and water movement.

Objectives of the course

The course will give students an overview of the basic physical and chemical processes in freshwater environments.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

16 hours seminars and 16 hours lectures.


Oral examination. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.
Re-sit exam:
There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Date for examination

Oral examination 30.04.2020

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




Kristoffersen, Roar

Associate professor
Phone: +4777645111 roar.kristoffersen@uit.no


Camilla Andreassen

Student advisor
Phone: +4777623206 camilla.andreassen@uit.no