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Chemistry for forest ecosystem studies

Hej kära kemistudenter!

Kursen "Skogsekosystemets kemiska grunder" går av stapeln med början den 18 januari 2021. Som vi alla nog inser så kommer kursen under rådande (per 21 dec 2020) Coronaläge sannolikt att genomföras som distansundervisning. Detta är en stor utmaning då vi i kemiundervisningen traditionellt har en hel del moment som bygger på nära interaktion mellan lärare och student. I det schema som återfinns på denna hemsida så kvarstår fortsatt några moment som kräver närvaro på SLU, som t ex tre laborationer samt sluteximination. Vi får se om situationen möjliggör dessa aktiviteter eller om vi även måste göra om dessa till distansformat.Vi återkommer om detta i januari.

I vilket fall som helst så skall du känna dig hjärtligt välkommen till en förhoppningsvis väldigt givande kurs!

Så snart som det är möjligt kommer en Canvassida läggas upp för kursen, och till vilken du kommer att bli inbjuden. Detta kan inte ske förrän alla studenter är slutligen antagna i Ladok, vilket inte ännu är fallet när detta skrivs (21 dec 2020).

Ha en riktigt skön Jul- och Nyårsledighet, så ses vi med nyladdade batterier måndagen den 18 januari. Exakt hur dag 1 på kursen kommer att organiseras, då en hel del material skall delas ut till er studenter, återkommer jag om via Canvas, eller här på Slunik.

Ha det gott!


Ulf Skyllberg, Kursledare

The course evaluation is now closed

SG0210-30011 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for SG0210

Academic year 2019/2020

Chemistry for forest ecosystem studies (SG0210-30014) 2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24

Academic year 2018/2019

Chemistry for forest ecosystem studies (SG0210-30086) 2019-01-21 - 2019-03-25

Academic year 2017/2018

Chemistry for forest ecosystem studies (SG0210-30176) 2018-01-15 - 2018-03-20

SG0210 Chemistry for forest ecosystem studies, 15.0 Credits

Skogsekosystemets kemiska grunder

Syllabus approved



Biology Forest science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Organic, biochemistry and microbial metabolism 8.00 1002
x 7.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

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

Basic qualifications for university studies and qualifications from upper secondary school equivalent to
- Biology 2 and
- Chemistry 2
- 45 credits in Forest science, or
- 45 credits in Biology, or
- 45 credits in Earth scienes


The aim of the course is to provide fundamental knowledge in general, inorganic and organic chemistry required for the student, in combination with courses in other subjects, to understand in a wider meaning how the forest ecosystem work, how its products may be utilized in a sustainable manner and how it is affected by human activities.
After the course the student should be able to:
• describe and explain the fundamental theory and solve problems in general and inorganic chemistry with special emphasis on chemical equilibrium processes in soils and waters.
• describe and explain the fundamental theory in organic chemistry with special emphasis on wood chemistry and its applications.
• describe synthesis, structure and function of biomolecules
• describe general analytical methods for characterization of the chemistry of wood and biomolecules
• formulate and mathematically solve chemical equilibrium problems linked to processes in soil, air and water, and under supervision conduct simple laboratory exercises
• explain fundamental processes of mineral weathering and organic matter degradation in soils
• present results from exercises and laborations, orally and in written form


The course is composed of lectures, practical laborations and exercises. The first part of the course covers chemical bonding and equilibrium chemistry. Laborations and exercises will exemplify equilibria of solubility, complex formation, acid-base and redox reactions. The second part of the course covers organic chemistry with focus on practical implications in wood chemistry, the chemistry of the living cell and biochemistry. The course ends with a shorter section where chemical and soil processes are linked more specifically.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written examinations and approved written and oral presentations of laborations and exercises.
  • 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 can be classified as a course in either of the main subjects Soil Science or Chemistry. The course renders the necessary qualifications needed for further advanced courses (G2F or A1N) Plant physiology, Biotechnology or Soil science, within the Forestry program.

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses
cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further
strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are
welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead
to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Cooperating departments:
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: SG0141
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Chemical Principles
Author: Zumdahl SS
Comments: Alla Upplagor är OK. Finns på Åkerbloms bokhandel i Umeå och några exemplar i Studentbiblioteket SLU Umeå. Används under Jämviktskemidelen av kursen (del 1)

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Forest science
Course code: SG0210 Application code: SLU-30011 Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Ecology and Management Pace: 100%