HYDROLOGY AND ZOOLOGY

Purpose of Programme
Students achieving the objectives of this program will have a fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge of Hydrology and Zoology. At third year level, the emphasis in Hydrology is on both surface and groundwater hydrology as well as hydrological modelling and water resources management. Hydrology and Zoology are closely allied fields as aquatic life depends upon water and the study of aquatic life is an essential component in assessing the health of aquatic systems. One of the important roles of a hydrologist is to assess the environmental flow requirements of water bodies such as rivers, lakes and estuaries and the combination of hydrology with zoology in these assessments is fundamental.

Employment opportunities: 
There is a great demand for hydrologists in South Africa and in the region. The primary initial employer of our graduates is the Department of Water and Sanitation where graduates will gain valuable work experience. Opportunities also exist in Water Boards, local and District municipalities and Metros. The newly created Catchment Management Agencies are likely to be good potential employers as well. Outside of the Government sector, many private concerns such as mining houses, consulting engineers and hydrological and geohydrological consultants also employ hydrologists.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities:
Hydrological studies are required for all environmental impact assessments and are critical in the development, planning and operation of most industrial projects. They are also critical in the development of water services infrastructure. As a result there are considerable opportunities for qualified and experienced hydrologists to establish themselves as independent hydrological consultants.
Vertical articulation:
Hydrology graduates are encouraged to pursue post-graduate studies, from BSc Honours (I year), MSc (2-3 years) through to PhD (3-4 years). The attainment of higher degrees will greatly enhance career and entrepreneurial  opportunities.

Horizontal Articulation:
Within the broad field of hydrology, there are many additional courses that will enhance graduate employability. Specialised courses exist in allied disciplines such as Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Hydrological Modelling, Water Quality and Pollution, Water Purification, Wastewater Treatment, Water Reticulation, Water Governance, Environmental Management, Groundwater Exploration and Well Drilling.
Contact details:
Programme coordinator and Head of Department:
Mr B K Rawlins (BSc hons Geography & Geology, MSc Hydrology).
Tel 0359026419
Email rawlinsb@unizulu.ac.za

FACULTY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENTS: HYDROLOGY AND ZOOLOGY
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORS HYDROLOGY ZOOLOGY
ABBREVIATION BSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODE SBSC33
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 PHYSICAL SCIENCE
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 C 15 5
BASIC CHEMISTRY 121 SCHM121 G C 15 5
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY I SZOL111 A M 15 5
CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER(BIO) SPHY121 C C 15 5
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
INTRO TO GEOLOGY SHYD112 D M 15 6
BASIC CHEMISTRY 122 SCHM122 G C 15 6
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY II SZOL112 A M 15 6 SZOL111(SLZL111)
MATHS & STATS FOR EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES SMTH122 C C 15 5
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
INTRO TO SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY SHYD211 F M 15 6 SGES111
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS FOR SCIENCE STUDENTS SSTT111 E C 15 5
ANIMAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY SZOL211 C M 15 6 SZOL111(SLZL111) SZOL112(SLZL112)
GLOBAL LANDFORMS & CARTOGRAPHY SGES211 B C 15 6 SGES111
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
INTRO TO SUBSURFACE HYDROLOGY SHYD212 F M 15 6 SHYD112
ANIMAL DIVERSITY SZOL212 C M 15 6 SZOL111(SLZL111) SZOL112(SLZL112)
PLANT MORPHOLOGY, TAXONOMY & MYCOLOGY SBOT112 E C 15 6
GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS SHYD222 X C 15 6 SGES211
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY SHYD311 A M 15 7 SHYD211 SSTT111(SSTT122)
GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY SHYD321 C M 15 7 SHYD212
ANIMAL ECOLOGY I SZOL311 F M 15 7 SZOL212
ECOPHYSIOLOGY & ECOTOXICOLOGY SZOL321 H M 15 7 SZOL211
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
HYDROLOGICAL MODELLING SHYD332 A M 15 7 SHYD211 SHYD212 SHYD311 SHYD321
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SHYD342 C M 15 7
ANIMAL ECOLOGY II SZOL312 F M 15 7 SZOL212
RESEARCH DESIGN & APPLICATION SZOL322 H M 15 7 SZOL211