Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
The 3-year B.Sc programme specialising in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology explores why and how organisms are classified, their important life functions and how they interact with each other and the environment. In the first year students undertake courses in Cell Structure and Cell Processes, Diversity of Life and processes maintaining it, Hereditary and Biochemical Processes, Ecology and Ecological Processes together with general foundation courses in Academic Literacy, Computer Literacy and Numeracy. In second year students engage with courses in Biodiversity and Evolution, Animal Diversity, Animal Systems, Environmental Physiology and Phylogeny of photosynthetic organisms. They also complete modules in the classification and systematics of vascular plants, nutrition of angiosperms, principles of ecology and biochemistry for Life Sciences. The second year of study also involves a practical component made up of fieldwork in biodiversity and conservation and laboratory work related to various modules. Students wishing to do so may exit the programme after the second year with a Certificate in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. Third year modules include: Ecological Physiology, Applied Animal Physiology, Resource Ecology, Species and Genes, Functional Diversity of Photosynthetic Organisms, Biogeography, Biotechnology and Economic Botany, Marine and Estuarine Ecosystems, and Landscape Ecology and People. The third year also has practicals as an integral part of the learning programme. Students then have an option of enrolling for the Honours Programme in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology towards a level 6 qualification.
C.A.P.E. Cape Action Plan for the Environment
Degrees in Arts
In the context of biodiversity conservation, the Faculty of Arts offers a specialisation option in Geography and Environmental Science and Tourism. Admission requirements for these Bachelor of Arts specialisations include an FET Certificate (Grade 12) with an endorsement and a recommendation of Geography at this level.
Geography and Environmental Science
This programme is designed to explore the interactions between the social and natural environments. It follows a holistic and integrative approach and its curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature. Graduates in the B.A specialising in Geography and Environmental Science will develop the competence for careers as environmental managers, urban and regional managers and planners, tourist managers, coastal managers, teachers and lecturers, amongst others. A requirement for this qualification is that students complete Geography courses at first year level.
The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the structural, management, marketing and policy framework related to the growing tourism industry with a specific emphasis on the intercultural, linguistic,environmentalanddevelopmentissuesintheSouthAfricantourism industry. Career opportunities are opened up to graduates as researchers, educators, policy makers, tourism officers, analysts, tourism planners and programmers, travel agents, tourism managers and entrepreneurs in the