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Students who earn a BSc (Bachelor of Science) have the opportunity to begin a career in their chosen field of study. A BSc in both science-related and non-science fields can be earned at schools all over the world.

Natural sciences studies teach how the scientific method can be applied to the study of nature and the universe. There may be many opportunities for specialization in a specific branch such as Earth science, physics or chemistry.

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BSc in Physical Sciences

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

This qualification is primarily designed to provide a well-rounded, broad education that equips graduates with the knowledge base, theory and methodology of the physical sciences. The purpose of the BSc Physical Sciences is to develop qualified scientists who can identify, evaluate and solve problems associated with physical sciences and be able to assume and demonstrate initiative and responsibility in related academic and professional contexts in South Africa as well as in the international world. [+]

Best Undergraduate Studies in Natural Sciences in South Africa 2017/2018. AUCKLAND PARK KINGSWAY CAMPUS This qualification is primarily designed to provide a well-rounded, broad education that equips graduates with the knowledge base, theory and methodology of the physical sciences. The purpose of the BSc Physical Sciences is to develop qualified scientists who can identify, evaluate and solve problems associated with physical sciences and be able to assume and demonstrate initiative and responsibility in related academic and professional contexts in South Africa as well as in the international world. With the focus of the programme being on the principles and theory of the physical sciences and the possible applications thereof, the students acquire the appropriate competence and research ability that serves as a basis for entry into the labour market and a range of professional training and practice as well as postgraduate studies opportunities associated with the physical sciences. Exit level outcomes Students should be able to: Identify, interpret, analyse and solve routine as well as unfamiliar problems and issues using enquiry and theory-driven arguments Demonstrate effectiveness in working with others in a team by taking responsibility for their own work and showing regard for the work of others Identify, evaluate and address their own task-specific learning needs Develop good information retrieval as well as quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills, including the appropriate use of ICT Demonstrate a well-grounded, systematic and integrated knowledge and theory of the physical sciences Monitor and evaluate their own academic development and... [-]

BSc in Mathematical Sciences

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 4 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

This qualification is primarily designed to provide a well-rounded, broad education that equips graduates with the knowledge base, theory and methodology of the mathematical sciences. The purpose of the BSc Mathematical Sciences is to develop qualified scientists who can identify, evaluate and solve problems associated with mathematical sciences and be able to assume and demonstrate initiative and responsibility in related academic and professional contexts in South Africa as well as in the international world. [+]

AUCKLAND PARK KINGSWAY CAMPUS This qualification is primarily designed to provide a well-rounded, broad education that equips graduates with the knowledge base, theory and methodology of the mathematical sciences. The purpose of the BSc Mathematical Sciences is to develop qualified scientists who can identify, evaluate and solve problems associated with mathematical sciences and be able to assume and demonstrate initiative and responsibility in related academic and professional contexts in South Africa as well as in the international world. With the focus of the programme being on the principles and theory of the mathematical sciences with the possible applications thereof, the students acquire the appropriate competence and research ability that serves as a basis for entry into the labour market and a range of professional training and practice as well as postgraduate studies opportunities associated with the mathematical sciences. Exit-level outcomes Students should be able to: Identify, interpret, analyse and solve routine as well as unfamiliar problems and issues using enquiry and theory-driven arguments Demonstrate effectiveness in working with others in a team by taking responsibility for their own work and showing regard for the work of others Identify, evaluate and address their own task-specific learning needs Develop good information retrieval as well as quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills, including the appropriate use ofICT Demonstrate a well-grounded, systematic and integrated knowledge and theory of the Mathematical Sciences Monitor and evaluate their own academic development and progress based on a commonly applied mathematical sciences related criteria Present and... [-]

BSc in Life and Environmental Sciences

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 4 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

This qualification is primarily designed to provide a well-rounded, broad education that equips graduates with the knowledge base, theory and methodology of life and environmental sciences. [+]

Best Undergraduate Studies in Natural Sciences in South Africa 2017/2018. AUCKLAND PARK KINGSWAY CAMPUS This qualification is primarily designed to provide a well-rounded, broad education that equips graduates with the knowledge base, theory and methodology of life and environmental sciences. The purpose of the BSc Life and Environmental Sciences is to develop qualified scientists who can identify, evaluate and solve problems associated with life, earth and environmental sciences and be able to assume and demonstrate initiative and responsibility in related academic and professional contexts in South Africa as well as in the international world. With the focus of the programme being on the principles and theory of the life and environmental sciences with the possible applications thereof, the students acquire the appropriate competence and research ability that serves as a basis for entry into the labour market and a range of professional training and practice as well as postgraduate studies opportunities. Exit level outcomes Students should be able to: Identify, interpret, analyse and solve routine as well as unfamiliar problems and issues using enquiry and theory-driven arguments Demonstrate effectiveness in working with others in a team by taking responsibility for their own work and showing regard for the work of others Identify, evaluate and address their own task-specific learning needs Develop good information retrieval as well as quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills, including the appropriate use of ICT Demonstrate a well-grounded, systematic and integrated knowledge and theory of the life and environmental sciences Monitor and evaluate... [-]

BSc Hons in Zoology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

BSc Honours in Zoology [+]

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Zoology, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research based postgraduate science study. BSc Hons: Zoology (HBS003) comprises 11 modules composed of modules ZOO0017, ZOO0027, ZOO0037, ZOO0047, ZOO0057, ZOO0067, ZOO0077, ZOO0097, ZOO0098, ZOO0127 and ZOO0157. The department annually determines the availability of modules. NQF Level: 7 Credits: 138 Rules of access: BSc degree with Zoology as major Conditions of acceptance A restricted number of learners (approx. 12) will be accepted annually. This number is determined by the available places in the department. Final acceptance will be based on final year results, obtaining a minimum of 65% in an English proficiency test and the outcome of a written easy type application, evaluated by Academic staff of the Department of Zoology. [-]

BSc Hons in Physics

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

BSc Honours in Physics [+]

Best Undergraduate Studies in Natural Sciences in South Africa 2017/2018. The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Physics, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research based postgraduate science study. Admission to the Honours programme is subject to the permission of the Head of the Department. A minimum summative mark of 60% in Physics on NQF level 6 (third year) plus 50% in Mathematics on NQF level 5 (second year) is the standard entrance requirement. Completion of the Physics Honours programme requires passing the project (PHY0000) and 9 additional modules, including those compulsory for the chosen specialisation. Not all modules may be offered in any particular year. In the case of modules that are spread across two semesters, the first semester module serves as a prerequisite for the second semester module. As part of the electives, a student may choose a maximum of two modules from Faculty of Science Departments other than Physics, with permission from the Head of the Physics Department. The final mark for each of the theory modules in the Physics Honours... [-]

BSc in Mathematical Statistics

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 weeks February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Mathematical Statistics, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. [+]

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Mathematical Statistics, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research based postgraduate science study. Mathematical Statistics 3A10 and 3B10 are compulsory prerequisites. Students that do not comply with this requirement may be admitted at the discretion of the Chairman of the Department. Such students may be required to do additional work as prescribed by the Chairman of the Department. A student needs a semester mark of 40% to gain entrance to the final assessment opportunity. The semester and final assessment mark weight is 50:50. A student needs a final mark of 50% to pass a module. The semester mark also contributes to the result of a supplementary assessment. The final result of a supplementary assessment is capped on 50%. The Honours Degree consists of: A Data Analysis project (compulsory) STA0017 EIGHT semester modules chosen in consultation with the Head of the Department from the following: (descriptions follow hereafter) STA0027 STA0117 STA0047 STA0127 STA0087 STA0147 STA0097 STA1107 or any other approved topic from Mathematical Statistics or a related field. [-]

BSc Hons in Mathematics

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Mathematics, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. [+]

Best Undergraduate Studies in Natural Sciences in South Africa 2017/2018. The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Mathematics, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research based postgraduate science study. The Honours programme consists of 9 semester modules and a short written project. The project is done under the supervision of a member of the Department and must be presented as a lecture. It has the weight of one subject module and is examined internally. Modules are selected in consultation with the Department and may be exchanged with modules from other departments; for example from Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Economics and Econometrics. [-]

BSc Hons in Geology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Geology, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. [+]

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Geology, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research based postgraduate science study. To earn an Honours Degree in Geology, a student must successfully complete all nine modules outlined below or some of those, plus equivalent level modules from other related fields of earth or material sciences (at the discretion of the Head of the Department) to add up to a minimum of 170 credits. A minimum of 60% in all geology core modules and for all three field schools (UJ students) is required in order to apply to be considered for the Geology Honours programme. [-]

BSc Hons in Geography

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Geography, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. [+]

Best Undergraduate Studies in Natural Sciences in South Africa 2017/2018. The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Geography, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research based postgraduate science study. For admission to the Honours programme, a Bachelor’s Degree with Geography as one major (65% average in 3rd year) is required. The Head of the Department approves admission to the Honours programme. Five semester modules are required for the Honours Degree, of which Module 3 (Philosophy and Methodology) and Module 7 (Research Project) are compulsory. Each module has an equal number of credits. Examination is at the end of the semester of presentation, except Module 7, which is a year module. Module 3 and every other semester module must be passed with 50% in order to continue with study towards the Honours Degree. A student must pass at least two modules per semester. Semester modules to be presented in a particular year of study are determined annually. One approved semester module from an Honours Degree other than Geography may also be followed in the Faculty... [-]

BSc Hons in Chemistry

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Chemistry, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. [+]

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Chemistry, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research based postgraduate science study. The Head of the Department must approve admission to the Honours programme in Chemistry. This programme consists of eight modules. A BSc Degree with a major in Chemistry and at least 60% in third-year chemistry is required. [-]

BSc Hons in Botany

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Botany, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. [+]

Best Undergraduate Studies in Natural Sciences in South Africa 2017/2018. The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Botany, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research based postgraduate science study. Admission to the Honours programme is subject to approval by the Departm ent. A prospective candidate must have a minimum average mark of at least 60% for Botany on the third year level. The programme consists of six modules which must be passed individually: The modules for this programme are: Post-harvest Physiology (BOT0017), Plant Biotechnology (BOT0047), Plant Systematics and Molecular Evolution (BOT0067), Project (BOT0077), Scientific Methods(BOT0087), Advanced Plant Taxonomy and Economic Botany(BOT0097). In addition, one or more additional modules may be required by the Departmental Head. Participation in Departmental excursions may also be required. The examination consists of written papers or reports in each section. All sections carry equal weight and must all be passed individually. [-]

BSc Hons in Applied Mathematics

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in BSc Honours Applied Mathematics, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. [+]

The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in BSc Honours Applied Mathematics, and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision. The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research based postgraduate science study. The BSc Honours Applied Mathematics curriculum consists of NINE semester modules(own choice) and a short written project (APM0167) (compulsory). Semester modules are examined at the end of the semester in which they are presented. The project is supervised by a lecturer and presented by the student as a lecture at a predetermined time. The project has the weight of one semester module, examined internally. The choice of the semester modules is done in consultation with the Head of Department. Approved modules from related study fields up to a maximum of one year programme or two semester modules may be included in the Honours curriculum). [-]