BOTANY AND GEOGRAPHY

Purpose of the programme
This qualification is aimed at producing graduates who intend to become plant biochemists or environmental managers. The qualification leads from a foundation in the mathematical, life sciences and geographical sciences and is followed by a sound grounding in all aspects of botanical science, geography and environmental management. With this qualification, the students should have the theoretical and practical knowledge to solve problems in botanical and environmental field.

Employment opportunities
The graduates can be employed as environmental officer, plant physiologist or plant ecologist. They can be employed by various government departments which deal with plants and environmental issues like Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and the Department of Agriculture. Other employers include the nature conservation institutions, National Botanical institute and private companies. The graduates who are interested in teaching geography and biology can study for a postgraduate teaching diploma after this degree.

Entrepreneurial opportunities
The people with entrepreneurial interest can establish their business which will consultancy service such as conducting environmental impact assessments for government and private sector.

Vertical articulation for higher degree studies
The graduates who have obtained this degree can pursue BSc Honours in Botany or BSc Honours in Geography. Those who are interested to pursue careers in teaching biology and geography can register for Postgraduate Diploma in the Faculty of Education.

Horizontal articulation with other qualifications
This degree requires students to do majors in botany and geography. The students can switch their academic programme to BSc Geography and Zoology or BSc Botany and Zoology at second year level. The switch will require them to add one more year in their studies because they are required to add another major course in Zoology.

Contact details for inquiries
Programme coordinator
Dr I Moyo, BA (Geography), BA (Hons) (Geography), MA (Geography), PhD (Geography),
Email:MoyoI@unizulu.ac.za
Tel: 035 9026340.

Head of Department
Mr AT Mthembu, B Paed (Geography), BA (Hons) (Geography), MA (Geography),
Email:MthembuA@unizulu.ac.za 
Tel: 035 9026329.

FACULTY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENTS: BOTANY AND GEOGRAPHY
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORS BOTANY GEOGRAPHY
ABBREVIATION BSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODE SBSC11
EXIT NQF LEVEL 7
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN MATHEMATICS
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN ENGLISH
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN LIFE SCIENCES
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN GEOGRAPHY
MINIMUM CREDITS FOR ADMISSION NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE WITH DEGREE ENDORSEMENT WITH AT LEAST 30 NSC POINTS
MINIMUM DURATION OF STUDIES 3 YEARS
PRESENTATION MODE OF SUBJECTS: DAY CLASSES
INTAKE FOR THE QUALIFICATION: JANUARY
REGISTRATION CYCLE FOR THE SUBJECTS: JANUARY
READMISSION: SUBJECT TO PRIOR PERFORMANCE AND CURRENT APPLICABILITY OF PASSED MODULES
TOTAL CREDITS TO GRADUATE: 360

 

SUBJECT NAME SUBJECT CODE SUBJECT CREDITS NQF LEVEL PREREQUISITE SUBJECT(S) CO-REQUISITE SUBJECT(S)
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 1
PLANT CYTOLOGY, GENETICS & PHYSIOLOGY SBOT111 E M 15 5
INTRO TO PHYSICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY SGES111 H M 15 5
CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER(BIO) SPHY121 C C 15 5
BASIC CHEMISTRY 121 SCHM121 G C 15 5
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
PLANT MORPHOLOGY, TAXONOMY & MYCOLOGY SBOT112 E M 15 6 SBOT111 (SLBT111)
MATHS & STATS FOR EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES SMTH122 C C 15 5
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY SGES112 H M 15 6
BASIC CHEMISTRY 122 SCHM122 G C 15 6
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
PLANT GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT SBOT211 G M 15 6 SBOT111 (SLBT111) SBOT112 (SLBT112)
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY I SZOL111 A C 15 5
GLOBAL LANDFORMS & CARTOGRAPHY SGES211 B M 15 6 SGES111
INTRO TO SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY SHYD211 F C 15 6 SGES111
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
PLANT ANATOMY & BIODIVERSITY SBOT212 G M 15 6 SBOT111 (SLBT111) SBOT112 (SLBT112)
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY II SZOL112 A C 15 6 SZOL111 (SLZL111)
GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS SHYD222 X C 15 6 SGES211
EITHER DEMOGRAPHICS, HEALTH & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SGES212 D EM 15 6 SGES112
OR HYDROMETEOROLOGY SGES222 B EM 15 6 SGES111
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
CYTOLOGY GENETICS AND PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY SBOT311 B M 15 7 SBOT211 SBOT212
AQUATIC BOTANY AND LOWER PLANT TAXONOMY SBOT321 D M 15 7 SBOT211 SBOT212
EITHER URBAN ENVIRONMENT & RECREATION PLANNING SGES311 A EM 15 7 SGES212
OR ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES AND POLLUTION SGES321 E EM 15 7 SGES222
EITHER LAND USE AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SGES331 C EM 15 7 SGES211
OR CLIMATE DYNAMICS & WEATHER VARIABILITY AND PREDICTION SGES341 G EM 15 7 SGES222
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
PEOPLE & PLANTS SBOT312 B M 15 7 SBOT211 SBOT212
PLANT CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT & TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY SBOT322 D M 15 7 SBOT211 SBOT212
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SGES312 E M 15 7 SGES211 SGES222(SGES212)
ENVIRONMENTAL FIELDWORK AND RESEARCH SGES322 G M 15 7 SGES211 SGES222(SGES212)