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The BEES programme is aimed at students with an interest in Biology, Ecology, Flora, Fauna, Archeology, Geology, the atmosphere, the oceans, environmental management, inland waters and surrounding seas. The programme offered is a broad one with various options for specialisation. In the first year of study students are required to undertake one or more of Biological Diversity, Cell Biology, Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences and basic courses in Chemistry, Statistics and Mathematics. Students are then also allowed to choose complementary courses from either the Faculty of Science or another faculty at UCT. From the second year, students choose a particular area of specialisation from: Archeology, Atmosphere Science, Botany, Ecology, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, Geology, Marine Biology, Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Zoology. Students are also required at second and third year level to take senior supporting courses in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

Further opportunities for specialisation in the above areas are provided for in the Faculty of Science’s postgraduate programme through various Honours, Masters and Doctoral options for study.

Contact Details for the University of Cape Town:

General Enquiries

Science Faculty

(021) 650 9111 admissions@bremner.uct.ac.za www.uct.ac.za (021) 650 2712 scifac@science.uct.ac.za www.uct.ac.za

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f) Qualifications offered at the University of the Western Cape

Various degrees offered in the Science and Arts faculty at UWC offer students the opportunity to pursue a career in biodiversity conservation. For entry into any of these degrees an FET Certificate (Grade 12) with an endorsement is required and Mathematics, Biology and Physical Science are recommended subjects at this level.

Degrees in Science

UWC offers a general B.Sc degree with specialisation options in Botany, Geography, Geology, Microbiology and Zoology, amongst others. In addition, the Science faculty offers a specialised learning pathway for a B.Sc in Environmental Science and Biodiversity and Conservation Biology:

  • Environmental Sciences

This 3-year programme involves introductory modules in Geography, Life Sciences Geology, Computer Literacy and Academic Literacy in Science, amongst other courses. The second and third years involve courses in Chemistry, Geology, Zoology, Botany, Geography and Environmental Science, focusing on interface between the natural and social environment and exploring more sustainable interactions. These courses are complemented with electives from the Science or other faculties of UWC or other universities.

Learning Opportunities for Careers in Biodiversity Conservation

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