Faculty of Natural Sciences

Faculty of Natural Sciences


The Faculty of Natural Sciences at UWC offers a wide variety of programmes aimed at providing the graduate with the tools required to succeed in the market place. The faculty offers nine innovative programmes geared towards the needs of society, as well as BPharm, a professional first degree in Pharmacy.
The Faculty of Natural Sciences is an increasingly important research centre, winning large research grants and contracts and producing cutting-edge research in areas such as water studies, herbal sciences, bioinformatics, biotechnology, conservation biology, chemistry, population studies, materials science, mariculture, reproductive physiology and environmental science.
The faculty’s research profile is supported by prestigious national and international research institutes:
  • The South African Bioinformatics Institute, which is the only Bioinformatics Institute in Africa. It is equipped with an IBM supercomputer for research purposes.
  • The South African Herbal Sciences and Medicine Institute, which strives to discover the science behind the country’s traditional herbal remedies.
  • The International Ocean Institute, which is a co-operative research facility, linking with various sister institutes across the world to investigate our oceans and manage our coasts.
  • The South African Institute for Advanced Materials Chemistry in the chemistry department, which has produced various patented products and is at the forefront of fuel cell research and hydrogen economy research efforts.
  • The Institute for Water Studies brings together the UNESCO chair in Hydrology, the Integrated Water Resource management group, and various groups involved in research pertaining to the interaction between groundwater, soil, surface water and ecology.
  • The Institute for Microbiology, Biotechnology and Meta-genomics, which is a postgraduate research laboratory where cutting-edge research in applied microbiology and meta-genomics is performed.
The faculty strives to share and develop knowledge of an international standard, and ensures that the skills acquired by students will equip them to be serious competitors in the open market. For research prospects, consult the postgraduate section of this website.
Qualifications and programmes:
BSc
  • Applied Geology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Computer Sciences
  • Environmental and Water Sciences
  • Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • Medical BioScience
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Sciences
Minimum admission requirements:
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Minimum NSC Subject Requirements for 2017 – Faculty of Natural Sciences
Programme
Course code
English (Home or 1st Additional Language)
Another Language (Home or 1st Additional Language)
Mathematics
Physical Science
Life Science
Information Technology
Point Score
BSc (Computer Science)
3221
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
5
(60-69%)
4
(50-59%)
or
4
(50-59%)
or
4
(50-59%)
33
BSc (Mathematical &Statistical Science)
3227
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
5
(60-69%)
4
(50-59%)
or
4
(50-59%)
or
4
(50-59%)
33
BSc (Physical Science)
3233
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
5
(60-69%)
4
(50-59%)
N/A
N/A
33
BSc (Environmental & Water Science)
3331
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
4
(50-59%)
or
4
(50-59%)
N/A
33
BSc (Biotechnology)
3211
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
4
(50-59%)
or
4
(50-59%)
N/A
33
BSc (Biodiversity & Conservation Biology)
3217
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
4
(50-59%)
or
4
(50-59%)
N/A
33
BSc (Medical Bioscience)
3230
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
N/A
4
(50-59%)
N/A
33
BSc (Applied Geology)
3214
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
4
(50-59%)
N/A
N/A
33
BSc (Chemical Science)
3220
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
4
(50-59%)
N/A
N/A
33
Pharmacy
3305
4
(50-59%)
3
(40-49%)
4
(50-59%)
4
(50-59%)
and
4
(50-59%)
N/A
38
Some career opportunities
A first degree in the natural sciences opens the door to a range of interesting careers, some of which will require you to study further:
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Chemist
  • Computer analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Demographer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Geneticist
  • Geologist
  • Information security specialist
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Lecturer
  • Materials scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Ocean resource developer
  • Pharmacist
  • Physicist
  • Researcher
  • Statistician
  • Teacher
  • Water specialist
  • Zoologist

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