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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|
|Application Deadline:||30 September 2021|
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.
Plant breeding is the art and science of changing the traits of plants in order to produce desired characteristics. Plant breeding can be accomplished through many different techniques ranging from simply selecting plants with desirable characteristics for propagation, to more complex molecular techniques (see cultigen and cultivar).
Plant breeding has been practised for thousands of years, since near the beginning of human civilization. It is practised worldwide by individuals such as gardeners and farmers, or by professional plant breeders employed by organizations such as government institutions, universities, crop-specific industry associations or research centres.
Semester 1 BIOL101(16), CHEM110(16), MATH150(16), PHYS131(16)
Semester 2 BIOL102(16), CHEM120(16), MATH143(8), PHYS133(8), STAT130(16)
Semester 1 AGEC210(16), GENE240(16), SSCI217(16), (AMET210(16) or ZULN101(16))
Semester 2 AGPS200(16), BIOC212(16), PPTH214(16), STAT222(16),
Semester 1 AGPS305(16), (AGPS307(16) or 309(16)), AGPS311(16), GENE310(16)
Semester 2 AGPS306(16), 308(16), 320(16), SSCI320(16)
Semester 1 AGPS701(8), 733(16), GENE715(16), PPTH330(16), Elective(8)
Semester 2 (AGPS712(16) or 714(16)), AGPS730(16)
– 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 taken first; BSc in Industrial and Applied Biotechnology requires a minimum point score of 30).
– The closing date for applications is 30 September.
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.
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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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)
– 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.