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GIS and remote sensing
Geospatial Science Geospatial Sciences is a discipline that focuses on using information technology to understand people, places, and processes of the earth.
Geospatial Science Geospatial Sciences is a discipline that focuses on using information technology to understand people, places, and processes of the earth.

Qualification: BSc

Faculty: Science

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Study information technology to understand life on earth.

Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems technologies are commonly used as measurement, observation and analysis tools.

This curriculum has a strong science focus but will provide you with a foundation for a professional career in Geospatial Science, based on a background in theory, practice and research developed through this curriculum. You will undertake a capstone experience in the final year through a Geospatial Science Major Project. At the end of the programme you will be equipped with all the knowledge and skills required for registration with the South African Geomatics Council as a GIS practitioner. Whilst there is no accreditation for this new programme at the moment, graduates are eligible for admission to the SAGC at technologist level. Entry to this curriculum requires achievement of a minimum of 108 points at year 1 level within the Faculty of Science with pre-requisites of Auxiliary Maths I or equivalent with a 65% minimum and Geography I.

  • Applications Specialist
  • Cartographer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Database Administrator
  • Geographer
  • GIS Analyst
  • Image Analyst
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Physical Scientist
  • Project Manager
  • Remote Sensing Scientist
  • Surveyor
First-year

Geography I

AND

Auxiliary Mathematics I

AND

Chemistry I

AND

Introductory Life Sciences I

OR

Any other level I courses

Second-year

Geospatial Sciences II:

  • Engineering Surveying
  • Auxiliary Computer Science and Programming IA
  • Auxiliary Computer Science and Programming IB
  • Auxiliary Database Systems II

AND

Basic Statistics for Natural Sciences II

AND

Geography II:

  • Geographic Information Systems: Science and Mapping Systems II
  • Thinking Geographically: Concepts and Practices in Human Geography I

AND

Any two courses yielding 12 credits each as listed below:

  • Earth and Atmospheric Processes II
  • An Introduction to Climate Change and Society II
  • Environmental Governance: From Local to Global II
  • Conservation Biogeography II

AND

Any other level II course

Third-year

Geospatial Sciences III

AND

Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing III

AND

Three courses from the list below:

  • Economic Geography III
  • Climate and Environmental Change III
  • Advanced Atmospheric Sciences III
  • Theory and Practice in Sustainability Science and Sustainable Development III
  • Environmental Monitoring and Modelling III
  • Urban Futures: The Political Economy of Population and Scarcity III
  • Food: Security, Politics and Culture III
  • Coastal Geomorphology III

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Mathematics Level 5

Wait-listing

Applicants with 40-41 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.

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 Office 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 about 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.