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Ecology and Conservation Study ecology, conservation and environmental science.
Ecology and Conservation Study ecology, conservation and environmental science.

Qualification: BSc

Faculty: Science

Duration: 3 years

School: Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

Study mode: Full-time


Offered by the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, this career line includes diverse training in ecology and conservation, which are sought-after skills in dealing with the interdisciplinary challenges faced by society.

You will gain insight into the quantitative study and use of ecological, physiological, and systematic principles. These are studied in the contexts of ecology, conservation, and environmental science, and their applications in conservation biology and environmental management.

You can continue studies in Law, Economics, Engineering, Veterinary Science, and Development Management.

  • Ecotourism
  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Environmental Economist
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental NGO
  • Forestry
  • Nature Conservation
  • Planning and Consulting
  • Wildlife Documentaries
  • Research for South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON)

Introductory Life Sciences I


Chemistry I


Auxiliary Mathematics I


Any other Level I course


Complementary Life Sciences I

  • Aquatic Ecology II
  • Evolution II
  • Fundamentals of Ecology II
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour II


  • Basic Statistics for the Natural Sciences II


  • Any other Level II courses

Each major has a choice of the following courses:

  1. Applied Population Ecology III
  2. Ecological Communities and Biodiversity Conservation III
  3. Functional Ecology in Changing Environments III
  4. Molecular Ecology III
  5. Spatial Ecology and Conservation III
  6. Environment and Sustainability III


one field trip course:

  • Applied Freshwater Ecology and Management III
  • Field Methods in Terrestrial Ecology III
  • People and Conservation Field Course III


one laboratory course:

  • Service Learning in Biology III
  • Microscopy III

Course selection is subject to the guidance of the School for second and third-year majors.

APS 43+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Mathematics Level 5


Applicants with 41-42 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

National Benchmark Test

All Faculty of Science applicants must write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being considered for admission.

There are two tests: The Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test and the Mathematics Test. Your test results are used in addition to your Grade 12 results to identify students who may need additional support during the course of their studies.

Rules for the NBT

You must register on the NBT website, or via mobile phone, to write the tests. Registration closes about three weeks before each test date. You can register for the NBT before you submit your application to Wits. DO NOT wait for an official notification from Wits to register for and write the tests, because you may miss the end of September deadline.

The test fee can be paid once you have registered to write the test. The tests must be written by 31 October 2021. You are encouraged to write the tests as early as possible. For a comprehensive list of test dates, registration dates and available venues, please refer to the NBT website. Both tests must be written in one session. ONLY the first attempt results will be considered so we advise against writing the tests more than once in a year.

Application Closing Date: 30 September 2021

Residence Applications: 30 September 2021

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process. 
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Wits Plus applicants, applications can only be done online. We will be in contact with you should we require additional documentation.

Compliance with the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a specific number of places for first year undergraduates, approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal. 

The Financial aid office provides information on student funding and scholarships. University-funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.