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 2022-2023


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Main topics include:

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

The course includes one mandatory week long field trip that is valid for GEO110 and GEO210

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, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1
BIP330 Geology, ÅMA100 Mathematical methods 1


Assignments and oral presentation

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Assignment 1 2/5 1 Weeks Letter grades All
Assignment 2 2/5 1 Weeks Letter grades All
Oral presentation 1/5 Letter grades

A detailed activity plan for the course will be handed out at semester start.The course has a continuous assessment. Assignment resits are only available during the normal running of the course. All parts must be passed in order to pass the course.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Nestor Fernando Cardozo Diaz

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Programme coordinator:

Karina Sanni

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

The course includes lectures, laboratory practices, and 1 week-long field trip (in November after the lecture period). The presentation is based on the students' own results from the week-long field trip.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 Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto