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Biology

Bachelor's degree in Bodø

New students 2020

IMPORTANT information for students commencing autumn 2020

Due to the current situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19), the study start for Bachelor of Biology may be affected autumn 2020. Updated information about  dates and teaching activities will be published here as it becomes available.

As a new international student, you are expected to arrive in Bodø, Norway for semesterstart August 17. 2020. Late arrival may lead to cancellation of the offer of admission. Please contact the academic advisor if you have any questions in this regard.

Refer to your Offer of Admission for more information, and stay up to date on our website: Information for international degree-seeking students regarding Coronavirus measures and conditions.



How did life on Earth evolve? How does DNA code for important biological functions? How do food webs look like at the bottom of the sea? How does climate change affect animals and plants? These are some of the questions that biology seeks to answer. As a student in biology at Nord University, you will learn about the fundamentals of life in the beautiful surroundings of Northern Norway.

Programme description


How did life on Earth evolve? How does DNA code for important biological functions? How do food webs look like at the bottom of the sea? How does climate change affect animals and plants? These are some of the questions that biology seeks to answer. As a student in biology at Nord University, you will learn about the fundamentals of life in the beautiful surroundings of Northern Norway.

Study model

The information applies to the current academic year. Changes may occur.
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Job opportunities

​Due to increased focus on the environment, ecology and sustainable development, the Bachelor degree in biology will give you many job opportunities, both in the private and the public sector. You can get employed at environmental agencies, laboratories, companies and directorates. If you combine the programme with pedagogic education, you can also become a teacher in a high school or secondary school. If you choose to proceed with a Master degree, you have the option for more specialised jobs in scientific research or consulting.

Further education

BSc in Biology qualifies for the Master of Science programme in Biosciences at Nord University, or for master programmes at other institutions in Norway and abroad.

Master of Biosciences at Nord have the following specialisations: 
Aquaculture, Genomics, Marine ecology and Terrestrial ecology and nature management.


Study abroad

Ever thought of spending part of your degree in another part of the world? Our cooperations with universities in Europe and other parts of the world can offer you exciting opportunities to study one or two semesters abroad. You can also spend 15 weeks on a work placement abroad as part of your undergraduate studies.

A study abroad complements your degree studies best in the third academic year. You can spend one and up to two semesters abroad, the world is yours to explore.

Below you will find an overview of our partner universities where you, as a biology student, can travel to:

ASIA
India:
Department of Aquaculture, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, College of Fisheries, Mangalore

Japan:
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

China:
Zheijang Ocean University, Zhoushan

South Korea:
Pukyong National University

Russia:
Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU)
Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkangelsk (NARFU)
St. Petersburg University

AUSTRALIA
Charles Darwin University
James Cook University
Deakin University

NEW ZEALAND
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

CANADA
Memorial University of Newfoundland
University of Northern British Columbia
Vancouver Island University
St. Francis Xavier University
Lakehead University
University of Saskatchewan

EUROPE

France:
Université Francois-Rabelais, Tours
Université de Bourgogne, IUT Dijon
Université Paris Descartes
Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, IUT St.-Étienne

Germany:
Hochschule Bremen, University of Applied Sciences
Leuphana University
University of Bremen
University of Hamburg

Hungary:
Szent Istvan University

Netherlands:
University of Groningen
University of Wageningen

Poland:
University of Agriculture in Krakow
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

Spain:
University of Alicante
University of Barcelona
Universidad del País Vasco (Bilbao campus)

UK:
University of Stirling

Denmark:
Roskilde University

Iceland
University of Akureyri

Italy:
University of Sapienza

Portugal:
University of Algarve

Sweden:
University of Gothenburg

USA
Augsburg College
Augustana University
Humboldt State University
University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (St Paul)
University of New England
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Fairbanks



Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Non-EU/EEA: December 1 2019 , EU/EEA: April 1 2020, Norwegian citizens/residents: April 15 2020

New Students Welcome: Orientation Week 2019

Important information 

Orientation Week is full of exciting events that help you prepare for having a successful start as a student at Nord University. Explore the complete Orientation Week schedule in the menu below.

Mandatory attendance
International full-degree students are required to attend a compulsory orientation meeting held by the International Office on Monday, 12 August. View the full programme here. Please note that the faculty information meeting 14:00 - 15:00 on Monday is intended for exchange students only.

Orientation Week events specifically organised for BSc Biology students begin on Tuesday, 13 August.

Please notify the study advisor, Kristine Vevik, if you are unable to attend Orientation Week.

Timetable
You can access your programme timetable online here. This will show you a weekly breakdown of all classes for the first semester. In some circumstances changes to timetables are unavoidable. Please check your timetable closer to the start of teaching for the most up to date version.

Course description and syllabus
Further below this page you will find an accordion menu called "Study Model". This menu contains an overview of all courses that form part of the study programme. By clicking on an individual course you will be provided with a course description, syllabus and other important course information. 

Find your way around campus
Find your way around by using Mazemap

New student at Nord
Our page New at Nord contains useful information concerning the mandatory orientation meeting organised by the International Office and other practical advise to ensure a great experience at Nord right from the start. Academic Calendar Here you can access the academic calendar for 2019/20.

Any further questions?
For any other questions please contact the study advisor of the BSc Biology programme, Kristine Vevik.

Orientation Week Schedule


Orientation Week events specifically organised for BSc Biology students begin on Tuesday, 13 August.

All i
nternational students are required to attend a compulsory orientation meeting held by the International Office on Monday, 12 August. View the full programme here. Please note that the faculty information meeting 14:00 - 15:00 on Monday is intended for exchange students only.

Changes to the schedule may occur. Please check the schedule closer to the start of the orientation week for the most up to date version.
MONDAY - FRIDAY, 5 - 9 AUGUST 2019
12:00 - 13:00 Welcome Committee

Where:
 "Velkomsten" room A134 (entrance A, passed the stairs and the first door on your right hand-side) 
Who: All new students

Between 5 - 9 August, 12:00 - 13:00, you have the opportunity to meet a representative of your study programme at Nord University. But also if you have any question or need help come along and speak to one of the students from Welcome Committee. They will be pleased to offer their assistance. Check out their webpage for more information here.  

SUNDAY, 11 AUGUST 2019

18:00 Pre-study BBQ

Where: Outside the main canteen (find your way here)
Who: All new students

The student's welfare organisation "Studentinord" is hosting a BBQ party for all new students outside the main canteen, where the Rector and Deans at Nord University will be the Head Chefs for the evening and serve food;) This is an exciting event to meet new students.

MONDAY, 12 AUGUST 2019

10:00 - 14:00 Orientation meeting 

Where: A14 Petter Dass, Bodø
Who: All new international students

The International Office at Nord University is holding an orientation day for all international students, which is packed with important information and useful events to help you get familiar with the university. The orientation day is mandatory for international students to attend. View the full programme here. Please note that the faculty information meeting 14:00-15:00 on Monday is intended for exchange students only.

Full-degree students of the BSc in Biology have their individual faculty information meeting on Tuesday, 13 August, 9:00 am.  

16:00
BBQ 

Where: 
Outside the main canteen (find your way here)
Who: All new international students

The student's welfare organisation "Studentinord" is hosting a BBQ party for all new international students outside the main canteen. This is a great way to meet other international students.
TUESDAY, 13 AUGUST 2019

09:00-11:00 Study start BSc Biology 
@ Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA)

Where: Main entrance (find your way) 
Who: BSc Biology first-year students

This i
s the commencement of your studies. And we would like to start it with a welcome reception at the main entrance. Afterwards students of the BSc Biology programme will meet in room 2448. 

11
:00 Opening new academic year 2019/20 - Official ceremony

Where: Outside the main entrance (find your way) 
Who: All new students

Please note that the ceremony is held in Norwegian. 

13:0
0 Opening new academic year - Faculty Welcome FBA

Where: A12 Elsa Laula Renberg (find your way)
Who: All new students at Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA)

Please note that the ceremony is held partly in Norwegian, partly in English. 

14:15 Break - Refreshments will be served outside the auditorium

14:30 Meet your buddy - Faculty's student union Nugla

Where: A12 Elsa Laula Renberg (find your way)
Who: All new students at Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture

Welcome from the student union Nugla. All new students meet the faculty's buddies and become part of a buddy group. The buddies will guide you through the coming weeks and help you settle in. For more information check out the buddy programme.

WEDNESDAY, 14 AUGUST 2019

11:00-12:00 Pizza lunch

Where: Main entrance "Gråsona" (find your way)
Who: All new students at Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA)

All new students at FBA can eat as much as they want. Free pizza is served!

12:00-14:00 Introduction to BSc Biology study programme

Where: Room 2445 (find your way)
Who: BSc Biology first-year students

Meet the study programme coordinator and fellow students. Get important information about the BSc in Biology and find out what you can expect from the three-year study programme.  

14:15-15:30 How to survive as a student

Where: A13 Elias Blix (find your way)
Who: All new students

The student host at Nord University, Øystein Strømsnes, will offer his best tips to help you survive and thrive in your first year of uni. The lecture is held in Norwegian, but stay tuned for a chance to win tickets for the music festival "Parkenfestivalen" in Bodø. They only way in is to win, as the festival is sold out.


Evening activity

The student union Nugla arranges activities in the evening. Tickets for sale

THURSDAY, 15 AUGUST 2019

08:00-10:00 Breakfast hosted by Studentinord

Where: Main canteen (find your way)
Who: All new students

Get a good start in the morning with delicious free breakfast. This is also a good way to meet fellow students.

10:30-14:00 Tour de Nord

Where:
 tba
Who: All new students

Join your buddy group in a scavenger hunt, which takes you around campus. At the end of this not-to-miss event all participants can enjoy themselves with great music and free food. 

FRIDAY, 16 AUGUST 2019

On Friday, BSc Biology first-year students are divided into three groups.

Group 1
8:30-11:00 Safety at Sea course

Where:
 Main entrance (find your way)
Who: BSc Biology first-year students - Group 1

We will walk from campus to FBA's research station, which is located in Mørkvedbukta (approx. 20 mins). At Mørkvedbukta you will take part in a guided tour of the research station as well as a theoretical and practical safety course. Completion of the course is necessary in case you are going on excursions with our research vessel Tanteyen later during your studies.

11:00-12:00
 Lunch at Mørkvedbukta

Free snack and refreshment 

Group 2
09:00-10:30 Hike to Hundstadtoppen

Where: Meeting point main entrance (find your way)
Who: BSc Biology first-year students - Group 2

If the weather allows, group 2 and 3 are going to the popular hiking destination Hundstadtoppen. This will be a 4 km well-marked path up a slight incline. At 218m above sea level you will enjoy a stunning 360 degree view. Dress according to weather. Wear hiking boots or sneakers. A snack and refreshment are included. Once the hike is completed, the group continues to FBA's research station in Mørkvedbukta

11:00-13:00 Safety at Sea course

Where: Research Station Mørkvedbukta (find your way)
Who: BSc Biology first-year students - Group 2

FBA's research station is located in Mørkvedbukta, about 2 km / 20 min walk from campus. At Mørkvedbukta you will take part in a guided tour of the research station as well as a theoretical and practical safety course. Completion of the course is necessary in case you are going on excursions with our research vessel Tanteyen later during your studies.

Group 3 
09:00-10:30 Hike to Hundstadtoppen

Where: Meeting point main entrance (find your way)
Who: BSc Biology first-year students - Group 2

If the weather allows, group 2 and 3 are going to the popular hiking destination Hundstadtoppen. This will be a 4 km well-marked path up a slight incline. At 218m above sea level you will enjoy a stunning 360 degree view. Dress according to weather. Wear hiking boots or sneakers. A snack and refreshment are included.

12:30 -15:15 Safety at Sea course

Where: Research Station Mørkvedbukta (find your way)
Who: All new international students outside the EU/EEC - Group 3

FBA's research station is located in Mørkvedbukta, about 2 km / 20 min walk from campus. At Mørkvedbukta you will take part in a guided tour of the research station as well as a theoretical and practical safety course. Completion of the course is necessary in case you are going on excursions with our research vessel Tanteyen later during your studies.

Services for new students


Studentinord
Do you need housing? Kindergarten? Affordable and healthy food on campus?

Get to kn​ow the services of Studentinord​, the welfare organisation for students at Nord University. Their job is to make your life as a new student easier.

Welcome committee
The welcome committee is run by senior students, who will ensure that you get the best possible start as a new student in Bodø. They can pick you up from the airport, help you find accomodation and arrange guided tourse in and around Bodø. Please follow their link here for more information about their services.

Buddy programme
Buddies are senior students who are helping new students get to know the university, study programmes and student community. In short, they help you prepare for having a successful start as a student at Nord University. Check out the 
buddy programme for more information.

Student life
Want to learn more about life as a student at Nord University? Find out more here.

About campus Bodø
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ECTS Credits 180
Study level Bachelor
Scope Full time
Teaching language English
Police certificate of conduct No
Campus Bodø

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Non-EU/EEA: December 1 2019 , EU/EEA: April 1 2020, Norwegian citizens/residents: April 15 2020

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