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The aim of the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences is to provide high quality teaching and research with the theme of The Biology of a Changing World: Conserving African Biodiversity.

Dinokeng Reserve, 2012


In line with modern trends in Biology, the Biological Sciences at Wits has amalgamated the Schools of Biochemistry, Botany, Genetics, Microbiology and Zoology into 2 new Schools - the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences and the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The aim of the amalgamation was to provide students with a more integrated approach to modern biology without compromising the study of specialist areas.

The staff of the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences recognise that most students enter university with some idea of the career they want to pursue. This in turn, influences their choice of subjects and topics. We have therefore organised our topics into three “Career Lines” or “Majors”. However, it is important to remember that it is NOT necessary to specialise to any great extent at the undergraduate level as this degree is designed to provide a broad base. You will be able to change direction at a later stage should you so wish. We also believe that a degree should give you not only knowledge about the subject but also the skills and attitudes that you can use in any career, especially the ability to solve problems.

Career Lines

Three broad career lines, each corresponding to a major, are offered in the School:

  1. Biodiversity
  2. Ecology & Conservation
  3. Organismal Biology

Students are encouraged to discuss their careers and selection of major as well as the topics these comprise with staff members.


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