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Tuition Fees:$2,691 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BScAgric)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
Campus:Pietermaritzburg
Specialisations:Horticultural Science
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

To provide knowledge of the principles of agricultural plant production locally and globally. Origins of agriculture. Crop establishment from seed and vegetative material. Crop classification. Plant nutrition, plant morphology and development. Carbon and nitrogen metabolism. Principles of plant breeding, agricultural development.

Horticulture is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use. It is practised from the individual level in a garden up to the activities of a multinational corporation.

It is very diverse in its activities, incorporating plants for food (fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, culinary herbs) and non-food crops (flowers, trees and shrubs, turf-grass, hops, medicinal herbs).

It also includes related services in plant conservation, landscape restoration, landscape and garden design/construction/maintenance, arboriculture, horticultural therapy, and much more. This range of food, medicinal, environmental, and social products and services are all fundamental to developing and maintaining human health and well-being.

Horticultural scientists focus on the research that underpins horticultural knowledge, skills, technologies, education, and commerce. Horticultural science encompasses all of the pure sciences – mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, and biology – as well as related sciences and technologies that underpin horticulture, such as plant pathology, soil science, entomology, weed science, and many other scientific disciplines.

It also includes the social sciences, such as education, commerce, marketing, healthcare and therapies that enhance horticulture’s contribution to society

Curriculum

Year 1

Semester 1 BIOL101(16), CHEM110(16), MATH150(16), PHYS131(16)

Semester 2 BIOL102(16), CHEM120(16), MATH143(8), PHYS133(8), STAT130(16)

Year 2

Semester 1 AGEC210(16), GENE240(16), SSCI217(16), (AMET210(16) or ZULN101(16))

Semester 2 AGPS200(16), BIOC212(16), (PPTH214 (16) or SSCI230(16), STAT222(16)

Year 3

Semester 1 AGPS301(16), (AGPS305(16) or 311(16)), 307(16), 309(16)

Semester 2 AGPS308(16), 320(16), SSCI320(16), Level-3 Elective (16)

Year 4

Semester 1 AGPS701(8), 716(16), 733(16) Electives (16)

Semester 2 AGPS 732(16), 734(16), 791(8)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
– NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural Science/Physical Science/Life Science at level 4.
– Admission points required: 28-48 (highest scoring students took first; BSc in Industrial and Applied Biotechnology requires a minimum point score of 30).
– The closing date for applications is 30 September.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $128

Closing dates for Undergraduate Programmes:

Medicine: 30 June
All other programmes: 30 September
– Applications to study must be made in the prescribed manner via the Central Applications
Office (www.cao.ac.za), and must include the presentation of the Matriculation Certificate where specified.
– An applicant who has studied at any other tertiary education institution must, in addition, present an academic record and a certificate of conduct from that institution.

For new admissions:
– APS (Accumulated points score)
– Selections are processed on a sliding scale, on academic merit, with the minimum as per subject requirements.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Horticultural Chemist.
– Horticultural Scientist / Crop Physiologist / Taxonomist.
– Landscape Scientist.
– Pathologist – Bacteriologist / Entomologist / Mycologist / Virologist.
– Environmental Scientist.
– Plant Breeder / Geneticist.
– Propagation Scientist.
– Soil Scientist.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,691
Tuition Fees for International Students: $12,747

South African students pay R44626 per year as tuition fees.
Students from SADC countries pay local tuition fees plus a levy of R3400 (R1800 per semester)

Application fee:
– All students from SADC and other African countries pay: R470
– All students from outside of Africa: U$146
– Students from within Africa but outside SADC and from the rest of the world are required to pay US $ 14 535.00 per annum; i.e. U$ 6 895.00 per semester (first or second) inclusive of the international levy, where registration is required for one semester only to complete a qualification.

 

Relevant Contact

 
Prof. Muthulisi Siwela
Academic Leader
 
Mrs Anusha Maikoo
Undergraduate Administrator