MICROBIOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY

Purpose of the programme: Students achieving the objectives of this program will have a fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge of Microbiology and Zoology. At third year level, the emphasis in Zoology is on the zoological aspects of aquatic ecology, although aspects of terrestrial ecology, ecophysiology, ecotoxicology and animal diversity are also covered. Microbiology and Zoology therefore are closely allied fields.

Employment opportunities: Microbiology-Zoology graduates are trained in all aspects of animal diversity and ecology. Graduates with Microbiology-Zoology degree are employed in the medicinal (disease vector control) and environmental sectors. Graduates with a degree in Zoology have many career opportunities in the educational, conservation, governmental and entrepreneurial sectors. Our graduates typically are employed by conservation agencies such as Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, National Parks and SANBI, by government departments such as Water Affairs and Sanitation, Environmental Affairs, Agriculture and Forestry, by water management agencies and water boards such as Rand Water, Umgeni Water and Mhlathuze Water, and by municipal Water Resource Management Divisions. Career opportunities in the private sector include, amongst many others, environmental consultancies and mining and mining exploration companies. Graduates are also employed in the education sector as primary, secondary and tertiary level educators.

Entrepreneurial opportunities: Environmental Consultancies and Aquaculture. Also see description above.

Further studies: Zoology graduates are encouraged to pursue post-graduate studies, from BSc Honours (I year), MSc (2-3 years) through to PhD (3-4 years). Further education greatly enhances your career opportunity potential.

Other qualifications: Postgraduate studies in Zoology requires a student to major in Zoology or an equivalent qualification.

Contact details:
Programme coordinator and Head of Department:
Prof L Vivier (BSc Agric, BSc Hons Zoology, MSc Zoology, PhD Zoology).
Tel 0359026741,
Email: vivierl@unizulu.ac.za

FACULTY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENTS: BIOCHEMISTRY & MICROBIOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORS MICROBIOLOGY ZOOLOGY
ABBREVIATION BSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODE SBSC36
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
BASIC CHEMISTRY 121 SCHM121 G C 15 5
CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER(BIO) SPHY121 C C 15 5
PLANT CYTOLOGY, GENETICS & PHYSIOLOGY SBOT111 E C 15 5
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY I SZOL111 A M 15 5
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
BASIC CHEMISTRY 122 SCHM122 G C 15 6
MATHS & STATS FOR EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES SMTH122 C C 15 5
PLANT MORPHOLOGY, TAXONOMY & MYCOLOGY SBOT112 E C 15 6 SBOT111(SLBT111)
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY II SZOL112 A M 15 6 SZOL111(SLZL111)
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
PROKARYOTES CLASSIFICATION & MICROBIAL TECHNIQUES SMCB211 D M 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122)
ANIMAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY SZOL211 C M 15 6 SZOL111(SLZL111) SZOL112(SLZL112)
PROKARYOTES & EUKARYOTES SMCB221 A M 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122)
EITHER BIOMOLECULES & ENZYMOLOGY SBCH211 H E 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122)
OR PLANT GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT SBOT211 G E 15 6 SBOT111(SLBT111) SBOT112(SLBT112)
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
MICROBIAL GROWTH & MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY SMCB212 D M 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122) SMCB211
ANIMAL DIVERSITY SZOL212 C M 15 6 SZOL111(SLZL111) SZOL112(SLZL112)
METABOLISM SBCH212 H C 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122)
EITHER BIOCHEMISTRY: PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES SBCH222 A E 15 6 SCHM121(SLCH121) SCHM122(SLCH122)
OR PLANT ANATOMY & BIODIVERSITY SBOT212 G E 15 6 SBOT111(SLBT111) SBOT112(SLBT112)
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
FOOD MICROBIOLOGY SMCB311 E M 15 7 SMCB211
EPIDEMIOLOGY SMED311 G M 15 7 SMCB212
ANIMAL ECOLOGY I SZOL311 F M 15 7 SZOL212
ECOPHYSIOLOGY & ECOTOXICOLOGY SZOL321 H M 15 7 SZOL211
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON MICRO- ORGANISMS & INDUSTRIAL MICROBIOLOGY SMCB312 E M 15 7 SMCB221
BIOTECHNOLOGY SMCB322 G M 15 7 SBCH212
ANIMAL ECOLOGY II SZOL312 F M 15 7 SZOL212
RESEARCH DESIGN & APPLICATION SZOL322 H M 15 7 SZOL211