MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS

Purpose Statement

The main purpose of the programme is to empower graduates with good foundations which entail basic understanding of the principles of physics and applied mathematics. The programme hinges on the areas of condensed matter, nuclear physics, applied mathematics and applications. This basic qualification allows the student to be absorbed by the industries where physics and/or computer science knowledge is much needed.  The pedagogic aim of the programme is to capacitate students in terms of developing the capacity to read and learn physics and applied mathematics as a dependant learner on entry and as an independent learner at exit, and this is fundamentally influences the exit level outcomes of the physics and applied mathematics modules of the programme. At an exit level, the programme is crafted to allow the students to pursue postgraduate studies in physics or applied mathematics without any constrains.

Employment opportunities citing typical employers

The government’s 2030 vision clearly states that South Africa is in desperate need of environmentally friendly power supply. Therefore the vision touches on several remedial initiatives, for example, solar, wind, ocean as well as nuclear energy. Therefore this programme will empower graduates with basic necessary skills required in the energy industry. Applied mathematics brings another crucial dimension to this sector. Employment opportunities are definitely available in several government and private institutions e.g. Eskom, Sasol, Koeberg, PetroSA, Banks, just to mention a few.

Entrepreneurial opportunities  

The energy industry has rolled out opportunities for solar cells and related solar equipment for the emerging entrepreneurs to participate. This programme is better suited for our graduate to establish businesses on small scales with the intentions of growing to larger industries in which physics and applied mathematics are the drivers. The innovation will definitely decrease our reliance on overseas companies thus increasing more employment and contribute positively to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Vertical articulation for further / higher degree studies where applicable

The programme is designed to be sufficient for students who wish to proceed to honours, masters and doctoral degrees, and in this way obtain the kind of depth that will make them attractive as professional and knowledge workers to work as researchers in public and private sector entities, and as academics at the universities. Vertical articulation within the doctoral degree pipeline in physics or applied mathematics is among the most active in South African universities and feeds positively in knowledge and human capital.

 Horizontal articulation with other qualifications where applicable

The programme is also well positioned to articulate horizontally to engineering and information technology, statistical qualifications and medical physics, the most highly sought after qualifications in South Africa and in neighbouring countries. It also speaks to the needs of highly skilled physics and mathematics educators.

 

Head of Department

Mr TP Jili Department, BSc (Physics), BSc Hons (Physics), MSc (Physics)
Email: JiliP@unizulu.ac.za
Tel: 035 902 6559

Dr S Krishnannair, BSc(Mathematics), BEd(Mathematics), MSc(Mathematics), MScEng, PhD Eng.
Email: krishnannairs@unizulu.ac.za,
Tel:035-9026235

FACULTY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENTS: MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES AND PHYSICS & ENGINEERING
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORS MATHEMATICS PHYSICS
ABBREVIATION BSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODE SBSC34
EXIT NQF LEVEL 7
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 60% (LEVEL 5) 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 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
CALCULUS I SMTH111 F M 15 5
CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER SPHY111 A M 15 5 SMTH111(SLMH111)
EITHER DISCRETE MATHEMATICS SAMT111 G E 15 5 SMTH111(SLMH111)
OR INTRODUCTORY COMPUTING SCPS111 B E 15 5
OR GENERAL CHEMISTRY 111 SCHM111 E E 15 5
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
CALCULUS II SMTH112 F M 15 6 SMTH111(SLMH111)
ELECTROMAGNETISM, NUCLEAR & MODERN PHYSICS SPHY112 A M 15 6 SPHY111(SLPH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
EITHER INTRO TO SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING SCPS112 B E 15 6 SCPS111
OR FURTHER DISCRETE MATHEMATICS SAMT122 G E 15 6 SMTH112(SLMH112) SAMT111
OR GENERAL CHEMISTRY 112 SCHM112 E E 15 6 SCHM111(SLCH111)
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
MECHANICS SPECIAL RELATIVITY & PROPERTIES OF MATTER SPHY211 C M 15 6 SPHY111(SLPH111) (SPHY121 60%)

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

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

ADVANCED CALCULUS SMTH221 H M 15 6 SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112)
EITHER DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS SCPS211 D E 15 6 SCPS111 SCPS112
OR DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS & MATHEMATICAL MODELLING SAMT211 E E 15 6 SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112) SMTH221
OR ANALYTICAL & INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2  

SCHM211 G

 

E

 

15

 

6

SCHM111(SLCH111) SCHM112(SLCH112) SMTH111(SLMH111)
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
LINEAR ALGEBRA & DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS SMTH222 H M 15 6 SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112) SMTH221
MODERN PHYSICS, PHOTONICS & WAVES SPHY212 C M 15 6 SPHY111(SLPH111) (SPHY121 60%)

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

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

ELECTROMAGNETISM SPHY222 A M 15 6 SPHY111(SLPH111) (SPHY121 60%)

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

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

EITHER INTRO TO OPERATIONS RESEARCH SAMT212 E E 15 6 SMTH111(SLMH111) SMTH112(SLMH112) SAMT211 SMTH222
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SCPS212 D E 15 6 SCPS112 SCPS211
OR ORGANIC & PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 2 SCHM212 G E 15 6 SCHM111(SLCH111) SCHM112(SLCH112) SMTH111(SLMH111)
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
ABSTRACT ALGEBRA SMTH311 A M 15 7 SMTH221 SMTH222
REAL ANALYSIS SMTH321 C M 15 7 SMTH221 SMTH222
QUANTUM AND STATISTICAL PHYSICS SPHY311 H M 15 7 SPHY212
ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS AND DEVICES SPHY321 F M 15 7 SPHY211 SPHY212 SPHY222
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
GRAPH THEORY SMTH312 A M 15 7 SMTH221 SMTH222
COMPLEX ANALYSIS SMTH322 C M 15 7 SMTH221 SMTH222
NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND APPLICATIONS SPHY312 H M 15 7 SPHY211 SPHY212
SOLID STATE PHYSICS & MATERIAL SCIENCE SPHY322 F M 15 7 SPHY211 SPHY212