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  • Bachelor of Forestry

The Bachelor of Forestry (B.For) is offered as a 3-year programme and focuses on the social, economic and forestry environments. As such, initial first year courses are drawn from the Social Sciences, including: Information Skills, Applied Value and Policy Studies, Public and Development Management, Sociology and Mathematics. In the second and third year students participate in two major subjects, Community Forestry and Public and Development Management, together with the applied forestry disciplines, namely Forest Management, Silviculture, Forest Engineering and Wood Science. Some career opportunities that open up to graduates with this qualification include: community developer, extension officer, resource planner, consultant or contractor across the private and public sector.

Degrees in Science

The Science Faculty at Stellenbosch offers the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degrees with various areas of specialisation, which are listed below. Various admission requirements exist for these various areas of specialisation, the most common being an FET Certificate (Grade 12) with an endorsement, Mathematics at this level and one of either Biology (Life Sciences) or Physical Sciences. Options for the B.Sc degree include a specialisation in:

  • Biodiversity and Ecology

This programme encourages an in-depth understanding of the variety, origin and functioning of living organisms at the cellular, organic and environmental levels. The programme also offers an emphasis on biodiversity. In addition

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to compulsory courses in Ecology, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution Theory, students can choose from Biochemistry, Entomology, Human and Animal Physiology, Microbiology, Botany and Zoology. This qualification opens up opportunities to graduates to pursue careers in biodiversity, ecology, conservation and natural resource management in both the public and private sector.

  • Conservation Ecology

Offered as a 4-year programme, this specialisation requires students to complete a generic first year B.Sc including courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Computer Skills and Mathematics. From second year onwards, students begin to specialise in conservation ecology through courses in Conservation Ecology, Biodiversity and applied sciences, such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biometry, Computer Skills and an introduction to Business Management. In the third year students continue with the specialisation through courses in Conservation Ecology, Biodiversity and

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