Nordic applicants: Admission requirements are generell studiekompetanse + REALFA.
Application code: 9197
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
Course participants are expected to have a reasonable working knowledge of mathematics chemistry and aquatic biology/ecology, i.e. have taken introductory university courses (minimum 10 STP) in these subjects.
Fish are of considerable importance to humans as a source of food, both from capture fisheries and through various forms of culture. Rational exploitation and management of fish stocks, irrespective of whether they be wild or captive, relies upon detailed insights into, and knowledge about, their biology. This course is an initial step towards giving you that knowledge. The course gives an introduction to the life-styles of fishes, with an emphasis on anatomy and physiological adaptations to different aquatic habitats. The following themes are covered: fish diversity and distributions, swimming, osmoregulation, respiration, feeding and digestion, reproduction and larval development, and life-histories.
The laboratory course will give you an introduction to practical work in the laboratory, data analysis and the writing of reports.
You will write a term-paper (essay) on a central theme within fish biology by selecting a topic of your choice from a suggested list of titles.
Once you have have completed BIO-2506 Introduction to Fish Biology you will have developed several general scientific and biological skills and have become knowledgeable about fish, with an insight into the anatomy and physiological adaptations of fish to aquatic habitats: what fish do and how they do it.
Skills and proficiency:
Written examination (4 hours duration). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.
Obligatory coursework requirements: There are two work assignments (submitted as group-work). The assignments are evaluated as pass/fail. Participation in the written examination is conditional upon students having achieved pass grades for both the laboratory report and essay.
Re-sit exam: There will be a re-sit examination for candidates who did not pass the previous examination.