GEOGRAPHY AND ZOOLOGY

Purpose of the programme
This qualification is aimed at producing graduates who intend to become 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 geography, zoology and environmental management. With this qualification, the students should have the theoretical and practical knowledge to solve problems in environmental field.

Employment opportunities
The graduates can be employed as environmental officer and ecologist. They can be employed by various government departments which deal with environmental issues like Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Other employers include the nature conservation institutions and private companies. The graduates who are interested in teaching geography and life 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 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 Zoology. Those who are interested to pursue careers in teaching geography and life 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 zoology. The students can switch their academic programme to BSc Botany and Geography 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 in botany.

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: GEOGRAPHY AND ZOOLOGY
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORS GEOGRAPHY ZOOLOGY
ABBREVIATION BSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODE SBSC27
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 MATHEMATICS
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN LIFE SCIENCES
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
BASIC CHEMISTRY 121 SCHM121 G C 15 5
CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER(BIO) SPHY121 C C 15 5
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY I SZOL111 A M 15 5
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
INTRO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY SGES112 H M 15 6
BASIC CHEMISTRY 122 SCHM122 G C 15 6
MATHS & STATS FOR EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES SMTH122 C C 15 5
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY II SZOL112 A M 15 6 SZOL111 (SLZL111)
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
GLOBAL LANDFORMS & CARTOGRAPHY SGES211 B M 15 6 SGES111
ANIMAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY SZOL211 C M 15 6 SZOL111 (SLZL111) SZOL112 (SLZL112)
INTRO TO SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY SHYD211 F C 15 6 SGES111
PLANT CYTOLOGY, GENETICS & PHYSIOLOGY SBOT111 E C 15 5
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
EITHER DEMOGRAPHICS, HEALTH & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SGES212 D EM 15 6 SGES112
OR HYDROMETEOROLOGY SGES222 B EM 15 6 SGES111
ANIMAL DIVERSITY SZOL212 C M 15 6 SZOL111 (SLZL111) SZOL112 (SLZL112)
GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS SHYD222 X C 15 6 SGES211
PLANT MORPHOLOGY, TAXONOMY & MYCOLOGY SBOT112 E C 15 6 SBOT111(SLBT111)
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
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
ANIMAL ECOLOGY I SZOL311 F M 15 7 SZOL212
ECOPHYSIOLOGY & ECOTOXICOLOGY SZOL321 H M 15 7 SZOL211
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SGES312 E M 15 7 SGES211 SGES222 (SGES212)
ENVIRONMENTAL FIELDWORK AND RESEARCH SGES322 G M 15 7 SGES211 SGES222(SGES212)
ANIMAL ECOLOGY II SZOL312 F M 15 7 SZOL212
RESEARCH DESIGN & APPLICATION SZOL322 H M 15 7 SZOL211