Structural Geology (GEO210)

This course covers the study of tectonic structures, such as faults and folds, from the geometrical, kinematic, and mechanical point view. For the geometrical part, the course makes emphasis on maps, cross sections and stereonets. For the kinematic part, the course focuses on strain. For the mechanical part, the course covers stress, and how rocks deform under stress. For both, stress and strain, the Mohr Circle is introduced. In addition, the course describes the use of linear algebra and computation to solve problems in structural geology.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


Course code




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Semester tution start


Number of semesters


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Main topics include:

  • Geometry
  • Linear algebra and computation
  • Strain
  • Stress
  • Rheology
  • Faults
  • Folds and minor structures

Learning outcome


  • To know the basic topics of structural geology: Geometry, Strain, Stress, and tectonic structures such as faults and folds


  • To be able to identify tectonic structures
  • To be able to analyze tectonic structures
  • To understand the processes that form tectonic structures

General Competence:

  • To have an understanding of tectonic structures and how they influence the subsurface

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate
BIP330 Geology


2 written exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written mid-term exam 3 Hours Letter grades One A4 sheet of your own handwritten notes, Standard calculator,
Written exam Letter grades One A4 sheet of your own handwritten notes, Standard calculator,

A midterm exam that corresponds to 50% of the grade. No PC or mobile allowed.A final exam that corresponds to 50% of the grade. No PC or mobile allowed.Both exams are on pen and paper.This is the last year GEO210 is offered and therefore students who fail have no opportunity to take the subject again. Resit exams are offered.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Nestor Fernando Cardozo Diaz

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Study Adviser:

Karina Sanni

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

The course includes lectures and laboratory practices, 6 hours teaching per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Structural Geology for Petroleum Engineers (BIP370_1) 5
Sedimentology and Structural Geology (GEO120_1) 5

Open for

Geosciences and Energy Resources - Bachelor in Engineering
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto