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Tuition Fees:$3,258 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:Stellenbosch
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The BSc degree in Life Sciences programme forms the basis of your training in a field that is physiology-oriented with the emphasis on the functioning of the body at different levels. The programme offers two streams, Biology and Biology with Psychology.

Stream: BiologyPhysiology, in combination with Biochemistry and Genetics, forms the broad disciplinary basis of this stream, where you study physiological systems and organs down to molecular level.

Experimental and specific scientific skills are developed which open up career opportunities in experimental and applied physiology services in the private and public sectors and in the academic environment.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Physiological Sciences and also, if applicable elective modules are taken, to honours programmes in Genetics, Biochemistry or Anatomy.

Stream: Biology with Psychology

In this stream, which is based on Physiology in combination with Psychology, you study the interaction between the psychological and physiological processes of human beings. You also acquire skills in laboratory and experimental techniques, the verification of physiological parameters and the evaluation of psychological functioning.

This training opens career opportunities in the private and community sectors and in the academic environment. This stream leads to an honours programme in Psychology, Physiological Sciences or in Genetics.

Should you wish to qualify as a high school teacher after you have obtained a BSc degree, you may take the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in the Faculty of Education to qualify as a high school teacher.

Your subject choice for your degree programme, however, should enable you to teach two school subjects. Depending on your undergraduate subject combination, you could teach the following school subjects: Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematical Literacy and Life Orientation.

Curriculum

First Year

Biology 124(16), 144(16), 154(16)
Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)
Mathematics (Bio) 124(16)
Physics (Bio) 134(16), 154(16)
Science in Context 178(12)

Second Year

Biochemistry 214(16), 244(16)
Biometry 212(8), 242(8)
Genetics 214(16), 244(16)
Physiology 214(16), 244(16)

Third Year

Genetics 314(16), 344(16)
Physiology 314(16), 334(16), 344(16), 364(16)
Psychology 314(12), 324(12), 348(24)

Admission Requirements

An average final mark of 65% in the National Senior Certificate or the school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board (excluding Life Orientation);

– For degree programmes in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences, a final mark of 70% (6) for Mathematics; OR

– For degree programmes in the Biological Sciences when you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154, a final mark of 60% (5) for Mathematics; OR if you are planning to take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144, a final mark of 70% (6) for Mathematics;

– For degree programmes in the Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences, a final mark of 50% (4) for Physical Sciences;

– For degree programmes in the Mathematical Sciences when you choose Chemistry and/or Physics, a final mark of 50% (4) for Physical Sciences;

– A final mark of 50% (4) for Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language); and

– A final mark of 50% (4) for one other designated university admission subject.

HIGCSE and Namibian NSSC

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 3

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 2

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 3

AS-level

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – D

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – B

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – C

A-level

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – E

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – D

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – E

IB HL

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 2

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 4

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 3

IB SL

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 2

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 5

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 4

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $0

You can apply quickly and easily using the e-application available on the university’s website (https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/eAansoek2/alg.jsp?Tl=1)

Paper application forms are available on campus for those without internet access.

Before you apply

Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at the Undergraduate Prospective Student website at www.maties.com, or you can contact Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za. For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Closing dates for financial assistance:
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

Closing dates for applications
International students: Apply by 14 September of the previous year.
South African students: Apply by 31 January of the year in which you wish to study

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– medicine,
– dentistry,
– law,
– chiropractic,
– forensic departments,
– Diesel and petrol boards,
– Agriculture departments,
– drug companies,
– research,
– lectureship,
– speech pathology.

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $3,258
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,062

*South African students pay R54020 per year as tuition fees.
*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries, as well as Rwanda and Namibia, pay R60000 without an international tuition fee

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Students from Africa (Non-SADC) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R23940
*Students from the rest of the World (outside of Africa) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R50700

MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (SADC) – R60000
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Africa) – R83940
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Rest of the World) – R110700

Relevant Contact

 
Prof. Ann Louw
Department Head Biochemistry
 
Prof. Alf Botha
Departmental Head Microbiology