The 1-year programme in natural sciences is intended for students who want a broad introduction to physics, chemistry and biology. Each semester consists of three courses, one in each of the natural sciences. Student are required to study the autumn courses before the spring courses.
The programme will introduce the students to the description of natural phenomena and nature’s living organisms, within physics, chemistry and biology. The subjects covered are fundamental to chemistry, biology and physics. Chemistry is the discipline of substances, how they are produced, their properties and how they react with each other. Biology is the discipline of organisms, their composition, function and taxonomy, the development of new life and the interplay between organisms and their environment. Physics is the discipline of the four basic forces which describes all physical phenomena.
Laboratory exercises is included in multiple of the courses. These exercises are compulsory, where the aim is to develop skills in laboratory work.
Students completing the programme will have fundamental knowledge in natural sciences and can continue their studies in the disciplines in chemistry, biology and physics and teaching purposes. The programme reflects how knowledge is developed continuously in research and development processes.
• be able to describe and apply central terminology within physics, chemistry and biology.
• Be able to explain and evaluate findings from fieldwork and lab work.
• Be able to describe and explain the phenomena of natural science by utilizing the fundamental principles of physics, chemistry and biology.
• Have general knowledge of the developments within natural science from the ancient Greek to modern natural sciences.
• Be able to apply basic lab and fieldwork equipment.
• Be able to do chemical calculations.
• Be able to handle chemicals in a responsible manor.
• Be able to calculate with measurements and units in physics.
• Be able to convey the terminology and theory of physics in an appropriate manor.
• Be able to use spreadsheets and present results, through visualisations and tables.
• Be able to locate relevant extra scientific resources.
• Be able to work in groups to collectively answer questions within natural sciences.
• be able to convey academic material both in written form and verbally within the natural science tradition.
• Be able to recognize the structure of academic literature within the discipline of natural science.
• Be able to spot connections between different (academic) disciplines.
• Understand how new knowledge is obtained through research and development work.
Emphasise is placed on giving the students insight into natural sciences as international disciplines, where collaboration between countries have been essential to the cultural, social and economic development. The considerable issues which are for the natural sciences research communities to solve are not country based, but relevant for the whole world. The students will through the programme obtain the relevant academic and professional knowledge necessary to participate and contribute to the international work. This also means understanding the different practices of natural sciences within education in different countries. A vital part of this programme is therefore to understand the importance of the development of knowledge within the disciplines throughout history and into the future.
The courses in the programme are all taught in Norwegian.
All students at UiA must have their own laptop for educational use and exam.
Faculty of Engineering and Science