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Tuition Fees:$3,703 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:Upper Campus
Application Deadline: 31 July 2021
Programme Overview

This major is about life on Earth in all its forms – the adaptations of living organisms, how they live and interact, and how they originated. With a focus on organismal biology, this major examines how organisms interrelate with each other and with their environment, provides the processes by which organisms and communities are shaped, and how living organisms affect and/or are affected by humans.

This major aims to explain and account for the patterns that make up the diversity of terrestrial life that surrounds us. As human influence on the environment escalates, there are new challenges as to how biodiversity can be protected while societies meet their needs.

An understanding of organismal biology is essential in order to comprehend the intricacies of living systems and to predict the future under different global change scenarios. The southern tip of Africa holds a treasure house of unusual plant and animal communities alongside pressing human needs, which provides exciting and unique examples from which to learn about ecology, evolution and biodiversity conservation.

Curriculum

First Year Core Courses

BIO1000F Cell Biology

BIO1004F/S Biological Diversity

CEM1000W Chemistry 1000

Either

MAM1004F Mathematics 1004

or

MAM1000W Mathematics 1000

STA1007S Introductory Statistics for Scientists

Second Year Core Courses

BIO2010F Principles of Ecology & Evolution

Two of:

BIO2011S Life on Land: Animals

BIO2012S Life on Land: Plants,

BIO2013F Life in the Sea

Recommended:

STA2007F/H/S Study Design & Data Analysis for Scientists

Third Year Core Courses

BIO3013F Global Change Ecology

BIO3014S Conservation: Genes, Populations & Biodiversity

Admission Requirements

NSC Examinations

FPS of 660 or above
Mathematics 70% or above and Physical Sciences 60% or above
(see Notes 2 & 3)
NBTs in Mathematics, AL & QL to be written

A-Level
English: C at IGCSE
Mathematics: B
Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics): C

AS-Level

English: C at IGCSE
Mathematics: B
Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics): C
Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC)
English: C at IGCSE
Mathematics: 70% (or level 1 HIGCSE)
Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics): 60%
(or level 1 HIGCSE)

International Baccalaureate
English: Grade 5 at SL
Mathematics: Grade 5 at HL or Grade 6 at SL (
Maths Studies is not accepted)
Physical Science (or Chemistry or Physics):
Grade 5 at HL or Grade 6 SL

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Apply online

You will need a working email address and your South African identity number. If you are an international applicant, you need your passport number.

Applications close

31 July of the year prior to study for South African and international applicants.

Application status

Check your application status online or follow the directions on your letter from the admissions office in order to log in and determine your application status. Should you not have received your login and password, you may also use your names and birth date.

Career Opportunities

Jobs where this degree would be useful include:
– Lab technicians.
– Science teachers.
– Laboratory research assistants.
– Consultants.
– U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency field and lab positions.
– Field biology.
– Technical writers.
– Pharmaceutical sales representatives.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,703
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,703

Please note that fees and payment requirements differ for local and international students. A further distinction is made between international students from the SADC region, international students from elsewhere in Africa, and international students from outside Africa. The following information does not apply to students registering at the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

South African citizens and South African permanent residents

An initial payment of fees (for tuition and residence) is due by January. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. You will be allowed to register if the initial payment has not been received by the due date.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment),

plus if applicable;

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due 30 June 2020.

International students from the SADC region

An initial payment of fees (tuition and residence and the administrative service fee) is due before registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment), plus

Non-refundable administrative service fee R4,000

plus if applicable

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

International Students

International students must make a minimum initial payment towards the tuition fees, international term fees and residence fees (where applicable), prior to registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

Payment due prior to registration for:

UCT full-time international fee-paying students (except Master’s & PhD students): R95,000

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

plus if applicable:

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full residence cost. Final payment is due in June.

Relevant Contact

 
Prof. Muthama Muasya
Head of Department
 
Mrs Claire Khai
Department Manager