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Marine Biology involves the study of life found between the estuaries and the deep sea. Career opportunities open up for graduates in sea fisheries, oceanography and marine resource conservation, amongst others.

Entomology is the study of insects and is an important sub-discipline of Zoology. It involves the exploration of the importance of insects to man, both as valuable pollinators or control agents of problem species, as enemies of agricultural crops and carriers of diseases. Career opportunities for Entomologists include those in the fields of commerce, industry, agriculture, veterinary, ecology, forensics and education.

Ichthyology deals with the study of fish, found both in freshwater and in oceans. This specialisation focuses on the management and optimal use of food resources that inhabit lakes, rivers and oceans.

Environmental Science is offered as a specialisation in the B.Sc. degree as well as the Bachelor of Economics (B.Econ), Bachelor of Journalism (B.Journ) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A). This course aims to attract students from a wide variety of academic disciplines and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable environmental management. Students opting for a specialisation in Environmental Science are encouraged to structure their degree around a specific sub-discipline such as biological resources, earth resources, water resources, environmental policy, environmental economics or people and the environment. Various career opportunities open up for graduates with an Environmental Science specialisation and a specific sub- discipline focus, for example,

C.A.P.E. Cape Action Plan for the Environment

a degree structured around environmental economics could open up opportunities in industry and business, a focus on biological resources could open up opportunities in conservation agencies, both public and private.

Qualifications in Environmental Education

Environmental Education is offered by the Environmental Education and Sustainability Unit in the Faculty of Education in a range of qualifications. It is either offered as an elective or as an integral component of qualifications from level 6 onwards. Courses offered at levels lower than level 6 are listed in the short course section. Graduates from these programmes find initial or advanced career opportunities in various contexts, including engineering, agriculture, conservation, the health sector, informal, non- formal and formal education and industry and business, amongst others. These courses include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy involving an intensive research project and preparation of a thesis on the process and findings.

  • Master of Education in Environmental Education is offered in three formats: (1) the preparation and submission of a full thesis; (2) by coursework and thesis; or (3) by coursework and research projects. Coursework options are offered over 2 years part time study or 1 year full time study.

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