GEOGRAPHY AND HYDROLOGY

Purpose of the programme
This qualification is aimed at producing graduates who intend to become atmospheric scientists. The qualification leads from a foundation in the mathematical, physical sciences and geographical sciences and is followed by a sound grounding in all aspects of atmospheric science and physics. With this qualification, the students should have the theoretical and practical knowledge to solve problems in atmospheric science and physics.

Employment opportunities
This qualification provides the basis for employment in the technical workplace or will allow students to continue to further study in in atmospheric science or physics at postgraduate level. The graduates can also be employed as environmental officer. They can be employed by various government departments which deal with environmental issues like Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Other employers include the South African Weather Service and private companies. The graduates who are interested in teaching geography and physical science 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 or air quality studies for government and private sector.

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

Horizontal articulation with other qualifications

This degree requires students to do majors in geography and physics. The students can switch their academic programme to BSc Geography and Hydrology 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 Hydrology.

Contact details for inquiries
Programme coordinator
Dr NB Mbatha, BSc (Physics), BSc (Hons) (Physics), MSc (Physics), PhD (Atmospheric Physics)
Email: MbathaNB@unizulu.ac.za
Tel: 035 9026400.

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: GEOGRAPHY AND HYDROLOGY
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORS GEOGRAPHY HYDROLOGY
ABBREVIATION BSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODE SBSC24
EXIT NQF LEVEL 7
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN ENGLISH
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN GEOGRAPHY
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEASE 60% (LEVEL 5) IN MATHEMATICS (CALCULUS ELECTIVE) OR AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN MATHEMATICS (OTHER ELECTIVES)
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE
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
INTRO TO PHYSICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY SGES111 H M 15 5
EITHER ELEMENTARY STATISTICS FOR SCIENCE STUDENTS SSTT111 E C 15 5
OR PLANT CYTOLOGY, GENETICS & PHYSIOLOGY SBOT111 E E 15 5
EITHER CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER(BIO) SPHY121 C E 15 5
OR CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER SPHY111 A E 15 5 SMTH111(SLMH111)
EITHER CALCULUS I SMTH111 F E 15 5
OR INTRO TO ZOOLOGY I SZOL111 A E 15 5
OR COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I SCPS121 X E 15 5
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
INTRO TO GEOLOGY SHYD112 D M 15 6
INTRO TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY SGES112 H M 15 6
EITHER CALCULUS II SMTH112 F E 15 6 SMTH111(SLMH111)
OR MATHS & STATS FOR EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES SMTH122 C E 15 5
EITHER ELECTROMAGNETISM, NUCLEAR & MODERN PHYSICS SPHY112 A E 15 6 SPHY111(SLPH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
OR PLANT MORPHOLOGY, TAXONOMY & MYCOLOGY SBOT112 E E 15 6 SBOT111(SLBT111)
OR INTRO TO ZOOLOGY II SZOL112 A E 15 6 SZOL111(SLZL111)
OR COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II SCPS122 X E 15 5
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
INTRO TO SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY SHYD211 F M 15 6 SGES111
GLOBAL LANDFORMS & CARTOGRAPHY SGES211 B M 15 6 SGES111
EITHER INTRO TO SOIL SCIENCE SAAG211 E E 15 6
OR ELEMENTARY STATISTICS FOR SCIENCE STUDENTS SSTT111 E C 15 5
OR ADVANCED CALCULUS SMTH221 H E 15 6 SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
EITHER PLANT GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT SBOT211 G E 15 6 SBOT111(SLBT111) SBOT112(SLBT112)
OR ANIMAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY SZOL211 C E 15 6 SZOL111(SLZL111) SZOL112(SLZL112)
 OR MECHANICS SPECIAL RELATIVITY & PROPERTIES OF MATTER  SPHY211 C E  15 6 SPHY111(SLPH111) (SPHY121 60%)

(SLPH121 60%) SPHY112(SLPH112) (SPHY122 60%)

(SLPH122 60%) SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)

OR INTRO TO EXTENSION & RURAL DEV SAAE211 D E 15 6
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
INTRO TO SUBSURFACE HYDROLOGY SHYD212 F M 15 6 SHYD112
HYDROMETEOROLOGY SGES222 B M 15 6 SGES111
EITHER GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS SHYD222 X E 15 6 SGES211
OR LINEAR ALGEBRA & DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS SMTH222 H E 15 6 SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112) SMTH221
EITHER DEMOGRAPHICS, HEALTH & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SGES212 D E 15 6 SGES112
OR MODERN PHYSICS, PHOTONICS & WAVES SPHY212 C E 15 6 SPHY111(SLPH111) (SPHY121 60%)

(SLPH121 60%) SPHY112(SLPH112) (SPHY122 60%)

(SLPH122 60%) SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)

THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY SHYD311 A M 15 7 SHYD211 SSTT111(SSTT122)
GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY SHYD321 C M 15 7 SHYD212
ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES & POLLUTION SGES321 E M 15 7 SGES222
CLIMATE DYNAMICS & WEATHER VARIABILITY AND PREDICTION SGES341 G M 15 7 SGES222
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
HYDROLOGICAL MODELLING SHYD332 A M 15 7 SHYD211 SHYD212      S HYD311 SHYD321
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SHYD342 C M 15 7
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SGES312 E M 15 7 SGES211 SGES222(SGES212)
ENVIRONMENTAL FIELDWORK AND RESEARCH SGES322 G M 15 7 SGES211 SGES222(SGES212)