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b) Qualifications offered at Rhodes University

Degrees in Science

Rhodes University offers various courses in the Science Faculty. These courses are in the main a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree at undergraduate level, leading to the attainment of a level 5 qualification. Within the initial B.Sc. degree various options are available for specialisation (see below). Following on from this initial B.Sc degree various options are available for further study and research within the Honours programme at level 6, the Masters and Doctoral programmes at levels 7 and 8 respectively.

Entry requirements for the initial B.Sc degree are an FET Certificate with a university exemption, Mathematics and one of either Physics or Biology (Life Sciences). In the initial B.Sc degree, students are required to select at least 2 major subjects, taken through first year, to second and on to third year level as a specialisation. Advanced studies at Honours, Masters and Doctoral level are followed through from this area of specialisation in the initial B.Sc.

Specialisations in the BSc degree are offered in:

  • Earth Sciences includes a specialisation in Geology that offers opportunities for the scientific study of Earth and interactions between its internal layers, its surfaces, the atmosphere and oceans. This specialisation aims to provide students with an in-depth and critical understanding of Earth processes in the discovery and managed


exploitation of natural resources, mitigating natural disasters that threaten human society, in managing the Earth’s surface environments and planning and providing for societies’ infrastractural needs.

  • Botany includes the study of the plant kingdoms including aquatic and terrestrial life forms. Botany includes the disciplines of taxonomy, ecology and morphology, amongst others, and relates to human ecology, biogeography and environmental sciences. Postgraduate research opportunities include: studies of the diversity of flora, coastal and rehabilitation ecology and the effects of changing environment on agriculturally important plants and natural ecosystems.

  • Microbiology involves the study of microscopic life forms that play crucial roles in everyday life, in medicine, agriculture, industry and biological research. Initial studies include the exploration of the basic structure, physiology, ecology, genetics and classification of these life forms, followed by a closer analysis of their role in, for example, the causation and prevention of infectious diseases, their application in pollution control and bioremediation, their usefulness in industry for fermentations and fine chemical production, their exploitation as vehicles for the introduction of novel genes into plants and animals and their usefulness in basic biological processes and cell differentiation.

  • Zoology involves the study of animals from the level of cell, through to the whole animal and on to the level of community or ecosystem. It includes disciplines such as biology, physiology, entomology, marine biology and ecology, amongst others. Potential career opportunities for Zoologists include industry, research, environmental consulting, conservation, game management and agriculture. Learning Opportunities for Careers in Biodiversity Conservation

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