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

Soil science is the study of soil as a natural resource on the surface of the Earth including soil formation, classification and mapping; physical, chemical, biological, and fertility properties of soils; and these properties in relation to the use and management of soils.

Sometimes terms which refer to branches of soil science, such as pedology (formation, chemistry, morphology and classification of soil) and edaphology (influence of soil on organisms, especially plants), are used as if synonymous with soil science.

The diversity of names associated with this discipline is related to the various associations concerned.

Indeed, engineers, agronomists, chemists, geologists, physical geographers, ecologists, biologists, microbiologists, sylviculturists, sanitarians, archaeologists, and specialists in regional planning, all contribute to further knowledge of soils and the advancement of the soil sciences.

Soil scientists have raised concerns about how to preserve soil and arable land in a world with a growing population, possible future water crisis, increasing per capita food consumption, and land degradation.

Curriculum

Year 1

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

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

Year 2

Semester 1 AMET210(16), SSCI217(16), STAT221(16), Elective(16)

Semester 2 AGPS200(16), SSCI230(16), 260(16), (ZULN101 or Elective(16))

Year 3

Semester 1 AGPS301(16), SSCI353(16), Electives(32, at least 16 at Level 3)

Semester 2 SSCI320(16), 373(16), Electives(32, at least 16 at Level 3)

Year 4

Semester 1 SSCI730(16), 750(16), Elective (16)

Semester 2 Elective (16)

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 presentation of the Matriculation Certificate where specified.

2. 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.

3. 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 for this course are;
– Wetland specialist.
– Watershed technician.
– Hydrologist with Board of Health.
– Environmental technician.
– State soil and water quality specialist.
– Soil Conservationist.
– County Agricultural Agent.

Tuition Fees Details
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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

 
Dr. Rebecca Zengeni
Academic Coordinator
 
Prof. Muthulisi Siwela
Academic Leader