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Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

Our studies focus at the level of living things and their interaction with the environment


The Biology of a Changing World: Conserving African Biodiversity

Our 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, conservation, restoration, ecophysiology, systematics & taxonomy, and evolutionary biology.

Courses have been structured so that important basic knowledge can be retained while having time to explore new and relevant fields. Training involves both fieldwork and laboratory skills. 

The School’s short courses are grouped into three distinct Majors: Ecology and Conservation, Biodiversity and Organismal Biology

Some possible Career paths

Possible career paths include Environmental Management, Planning and Consulting; Nature Conservation; Forestry; Pasture Science; Pollution Control; Environmental Education; Ecotourism; becoming a Game Ranger, Museums, Education, Scientific journalism, Commerce, Industry. 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.

Information for all Prospective Life Sciences Teachers

Please note that any student who wishes to teach in schools after the completion of their B Sc degree must also qualify professionally by completing a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education).  In order to teach Life Sciences (Grade 10-12), you must major in Ecology and Conservation, Biodiversity, or Organismal Biology (or any other 3rd year Life Sciences course at any university). You are advised to also take one or more of the following courses: Physics 1, Chemistry 1 or Maths 1 to enable you to teach a 2nd subject i.e. Natural Sciences or Maths to Grade 8 and 9 learners. 

The department has a long history dating back to 1917.


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