If you enjoy mathematics, want to learn more about the world, care about conservation and the use of our natural resources, and enjoy problem-solving, then the Faculty of Science at Wits is for you. The study of science and scientific research is an exciting journey into tradition, experimental observation and deduction and a science degree opens doors to diverse fields including Medical Research, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology etc.
Research strength ensures that staff members keep in touch with the latest developments in their fields. In addition to basic research in various fields, including Mathematical Modelling, High Energy Physics, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, increasing effort is being devoted to applied research linked to a variety of activitiesin southern Africa.
Geology, paelaeontology, mathematics, finance, physics, biotechnology, molecular biology, environmental sciences, geography, astronomy, nuclear sciences, statistics, chemistry, applied computing, materials science with metallurgy.
Many fields of study are offered within the Bachelor of Science (BSc) Programme. The broad areas are:
Biological and Life Sciences
Biology covers all aspects of the study of living organisms, ranging from understanding the gene to managing ecosystems. This includes the molecular basis of life, including the biochemistry of molecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins; the physiological functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems; the influence of evolutionary relationships on a wide range of biological problems; and aquatic and terrestrial ecology.
The Earth Sciences study the processes that shape the earth, atmosphere and the organisms that have evolved on earth. Fields of specialisation include the exploration for and the mining of minerals, the prediction of weather and earthquakes, the evolution of species through time, the state of our natural environment and how we can best manage the system.
Wits has three large schools in the area of study known as the ‘Mathematical Sciences’ and these are the School of Mathematics, the School of Computer Science & Applied Mathematics and the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science.
Pure Mathematics is a developing science. Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science are important in business and governmental planning, insurance, finance, banking and investments.
Applied Mathematics has applications in banking, finance and industry. Computer Science offers the understanding of computer hardware and software, in all their applications.
From nuclear, particle, solid and liquid state physics, electricity, electronics, magnetism, optics, acoustics, heat and thermodynamics to the composition of matter (gas, liquid or solid) and of the changes that take place in it under certain conditions.