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Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies The BSc Honours in Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies is an integrative programme introducing students to the diverse history of human culture and behaviour, and how people interact with the landscape through the study of Archaeology and Geography.
Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies The BSc Honours in Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies is an integrative programme introducing students to the diverse history of human culture and behaviour, and how people interact with the landscape through the study of Archaeology and Geography.

Qualification: BScHons

Faculty: Science

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Archaeologist and Geographers at Wits are actively involved in research and the teaching of a broad spectrum of topics including archaeological theory, environmental policy, Earlier Stone Age archaeology, global atmospheric change, Middle Stone Age, integrated environmental management, historical archaeology, water challenges in Southern Africa, archaeological excavation and field methods, disaster and risk management, rock art management and advanced GIS.

Why study Archaeology and Geography?

Archaeology and Geography are closely integrated multidisciplinary fields that embrace evidence from a wide array of subjects from earth, biological and social sciences to history, anthropology, and ethnography, to explore the intricacies of our past and our relationship with each other and the world. Through these studies we can better understand what makes us who we are today and our historical and contemporary role in the world’s changing landscapes.

Why study Archaeology and Geography at Wits?

The Wits school of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies hosts some of the continent’s leading researchers in archaeology and human and physical geography and houses specialist laboratories in soils, geochemistry, GIS, and OSL dating. Our researchers have active field programs throughout the Southern Africa. These resources provide unique opportunities to engage with active research programs and learn career-enhancing skillsets for a wide range of professional opportunities.

Career opportunities available with your honours degree in Archaeology include:

  • Cultural Resource Management (after formal accreditation by ASAPA)
  • Heritage Management (including museum sciences, heritage legislation and policy management)
  • Municipal and governmental consultants on heritage practice
  • Research and lecturing in archaeology departments

Course code

Description

Quarter

GEOG4036A
Research Project: Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies
Full-year
Elective courses Q1 choose ONE of the below courses:
ARCL4027A
Theory of Archaeology
 
1
GEOG4034A
Environmental Management: Water Challenges in South Africa
 
1
GEOG4037A
Environmental Policy and Practice
1
Elective courses Q2 choose ONE of the below courses:
ARCL4020A
Geoarchaeology
2
ARCL4018A
Archaeometry
2
GEOG4015A
Geographic Information Systems
2
GEOG4027A
Air Pollution and Health Impacts IV
2
Elective course Q3 choose ONE of the below courses:
ARCL4016A
Archaeology in the Field / Laboratory
3
GEOG4033A
Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
3
GEOG4041A
Understanding Cities in Africa IV
3
Elective courses Q4: choose ONE of the below courses:
ARCL4024A
Rock Art of Africa
4
ARCL4022A
Archaeology of the last 2000 years
4
GEOG4039A
Local and Regional Economic Development IV
4
GEOG4043A
Integrated Environmental Management IV
4
  • An undergraduate BSc or BA degree in complimentary fields relating to Geography and/or Archaeology, with a minimum weighted average of 65% is required for consideration for admission into the programme.

This is a highly competitive programme and therefore this minimum requirement allows your application to be considered, and does not guarantee admission.

Programme CodeProgramme TitlePlan DescriptionSA Cutoff DateInternational Cutoff Date
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Interdisciplinary Global Change Studies 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Resource Conservation Biology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Chemistry 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Chemistry 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Computational and Applied Mathematics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Mathematical Sciences 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Artificial Intelligence 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Computer Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Data Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) eScience 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Robotics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Computational and Applied Mathematics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Big Data Analytics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Computational and Applied Mathematics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Computer Science 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Mathematical Sciences 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Computational and Applied Mathematics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Computer Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Archaeological Heritage Management 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Archaeology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geography 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Archaeology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Economic Geology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Hydrogeology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Geology, Palaentology and Geophysics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geochemistry 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geophysics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Palaeontology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Palaeontology and Geology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Geology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Geophysics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Palaeontology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Mathematics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Mathematics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Mathematics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Molecular and Cell Biology 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Applied Bioinformatics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Biochemistry and Cell Biology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Genetics and Developmental Biology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Microbiology and Biotechnology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Molecular and Cell Biology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Medical Physics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Radiation Protection 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Physics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Physics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Physics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Mathematical Statistics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Statistics and Actuarial Science 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Actuarial Science 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Mathematical Statistics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Actuarial Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Statistics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
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