Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

In the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, within the Faculty of Science at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand, studies focus at the level of living things and their interaction with the environment. Areas of specialisation include savannas, grasslands and aquatic biology, focusing on biodiversity, sustainable resources and range limitation.

Ecology and the behaviour of a diverse range of animals, Biocontrol, Biodiversity, Conservation, Restoration, Ecophysiology, Systematics, Taxonomy, and Evolutionary Biology are among the specialisations on offer. Courses have been designed so that important basic knowledge can be retained while having time to explore new and relevant fields. Training involves both fieldwork and laboratory skills, and there is a well-equipped museum on-site.

We have also organised the School’s short courses into three distinct Majors: Ecology, Environment and Conservation; Plant Sciences; and Zoology.

Possible career paths include Environmental Management, Planning and Consulting; Nature Conservation; Forestry; Pasture Science; Pollution Control; Environmental Education; Ecotourism; and becoming a Game Ranger. Students can also continue studies in Law, Economics, Engineering, Veterinary Science and Development Management to become Environmental Lawyers, Environmental Engineers, Environmental Economists, and so on.

The department has a long history dating back to 1917.


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