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Geological Sciences

This course provides an introduction to geology, the study of planet Earth, and some of the geophysical tools we use to investigate it.

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It covers the structure and composition of planet earth, and how it has changed through geologic time. The course includes field trips within Sweden.

Note: The course contains fieldwork which may involve costs for the student.

  • Course structure


    We have not altered any of the assessments for the course. The final exam will take place at the University.

    Knowledge assessment and examination are in the form of written examinations.

    Grades will be set according to a seven-point scale related to the learning objectives of the course:
    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Adequate
    Fx = Fail, some additional work required
    F = Fail, much additional work required

    The grading criteria will be distributed at the beginning of the course.
    In order to pass the course, students must receive the minimum passing grade E on all course units and participate in all mandatory instruction.

    Students who receive a failing grade on a regular examination are allowed to retake the examination as long as the course is still provided. The number of examination opportunities is not limited. Other mandatory course elements are equated with examinations. A student who has received a passing grade on an
    examination may not retake the examination to attain a higher grade. A student who has failed the same examination twice is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are special reasons to the contrary. Such requests should be made to the department board. The course has at least two examination sessions per academic year the year of tuition given. Intermediate years are given at least one examination.

    There is no facility to improve the grade Fx to a pass grade in this course.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Grotzinger, John, Jordan, Thomas H., 2020
    Understanding Earth
    Macmillan Learning
    ISBN: 9781319325398

  • Contact

    Associate professor of Geomicrobiology
    Christophe Dupraz
    +46 (0)8 16 47 61 | Room: R323