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Geology and hydrology

MV0226 Geology and hydrology, 7.5 Credits

Geologi och hydrologi

Syllabus approved



Soil science Environmental science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to general entry requirements and specific entry requirements according to field-specific entry requirements A11 that includes Biology 2, Physics 1a, Physics 1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2 or Mathematics 4.


The aim of the course is to provide an overall understanding of the geological conditions and processes that shape the landscape, as well as knowledge of the presence and circulation of water in the landscape. After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- account for the geological structure and development of the landscape
- describe the presence and circulation of water in the landscape
- describe basic concepts and processes in geology and hydrology
- identify the most common soils, minerals and rocks in Sweden
- perform basic hydrological calculations


The course consists of lectures, exercises and excursions that deal with:

- the structure and history of the Earth, plate tectonics and processes that form the bedrock
- the role of geological processes in the cycling of elements and climatic trends in the Earth’s history
- composition and properties of the most common rocks and their minerals
- glaciations and their effect on the landscape
- glacial melting, post-glacial sea-level changes and their effects on the distribution of soil types in the landscape
- erosion processes and their sculpturing of the landscape
- soil types and the effect of soil texture on fundamental soil properties
- the hydrological cycle and water balance
- groundwater formation in the landscape
- presence, binding and movement of water and nutrients in the landscape
- water as a resource and human impact on water balance and water quality

On excursions, natural environments are visited to increase the students’ knowledge of geological and hydrological conditions. Excursions, and certain exercises are mandatroy.

Formats and requirements for examination

- Passed exams
- Approved participation in field trips, exercises and other compulsory components

  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is run on part time in parallel with the course BI???? Introductory course - biology and environmental science or LB???? Introductory course – Crop production.
In connection with study tours, a fee for the course participants is added to finance part of the cost for travel and living.

Responsible department

Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Cooperating departments:
Department of Soil and Environment

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: BI0844, MV0173, BI1254, MV0209
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor´s Programme Crop Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Soil science Environmental science
Course code: MV0226 Application code: SLU-10339 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment Pace: 50%