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FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Introduction

Welcome to the Faculty of Science which has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research! If you enjoy mathematics, want to learn more about the world, care for the conservation and use of our natural resources and enjoy problem solving, then the Faculty of Science at Wits is for you. The study of science and scientific research is an exciting journey into tradition, experimental observation and deduction. A science degree opens doors to diverse fields including medical research, computer science, chemistry, biotechnology etc. Research strength ensures that staff members keep in touch with the latest developments in their fields. This benefits both postgraduate and undergraduate students. In addition to basic research in various fields, including mathematical modelling, high energy physics, biotechnology, molecular biology and environmental sciences, increasing effort is being devoted to applied research linked to a variety of activities in southern Africa. Many fields of study are offered within the Bachelor of Science (BSc). The broad areas are: through time, the state of our natural environment and how we can best manage the environment.

Physical Sciences

From nuclear, particle, solid and liquid state physics, electricity, electronics, magnetism, optics, acoustics, heat and thermodynamics to the composition of matter (gas, liquid or solid) and of the changes that take place in it under certain conditions.

Natural Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in the field of Natural Sciences is a new degree offering students the opportunity of engaging in cross-discipline studies between Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences. Students who enroll for the Bachelor of Science in the field of Natural Sceinces will engage in very real problem solving around diverse topics such as water resource management, environmental chemistry and climate change and sustainability, thus preparing students to face the real world issues important to southern Africa and to the world at large. For information regarding the curriculum see page 80.

Restricted Courses

Certain courses in science have a limitation on student numbers for 2014. Preference is given to students who achieve excellent academic results.

From the study of the molecular basis of life, including the biochemistry of molecules such as DNA, RNA, proteins and the molecular structure and function of the various parts of living cells to evolution and human, animal and plant behaviour.

Mathematical Sciences

Pure Mathematics is a developing science. Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science are important in industrial and governmental planning and to the insurance industry. Applied Mathematics has applications in banking, finance and industry. Computer Sciences offers the understanding of computer hardware and software, in all its applications.

Earth Sciences

The Earth Sciences study the processes that shape the earth, atmosphere and the organisms that have evolved on earth. Fields of specialisation include the exploration for, and the mining of minerals, the prediction of weather and earthquakes, the evolution of species

Wits fact

A Wits astronomer and his student led a team of researchers which solved a 200 million-year old space riddle that received international attention.

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The following pages detail the structure of the Bachelor of Science programme and the fields of study within it. The Bachelor of Science aims to acquaint students with the basic scientific disciplines and is primarily a stepping stone. The programme develops the academic skills of exactness and clarity and an appreciation of method. An additional year of study could lead to a teaching qualification or a more specialised Honours qualification. Because the Faculty actively encourages research, many students go on to study for Master of Science and PhD degrees. The career diagram that appears later in this guide will give you an idea of the many and varied job opportunities open to science graduates. Please make sure you keep this information as you need to refer to it again; for example, if you are offered a place you will be asked to indicate your proposed curriculum and course sets (major subjects) on your letter of acceptance.

Programmes offered

Bachelor of Science (BSc) 3 years

The BSc programme is based on a point system. Each course carries a number of points, defined both by level and duration. You are required to complete a minimum number of science courses, based on the point value, particularly at second and third year level. You may therefore find it useful to plan your programme based on your chosen course sets (majors).

The Point System

EXAMPLE 1: Most common 4 x level 1 courses To qualify for a BSc you need a minimum of 396 points. At least 240 points must come from 2nd and 3rd year level science courses, including 72 points from a third - year course set. The points are structured as follows. A full course at: 1st year level = 36 points 2nd year level = 48 points 3rd year level = 72 points Students are encouraged to follow one of these examples: 2 x level 2 courses 2 x level 3 courses Total = = = = 144 points 96 points 144 points 384 points

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Students need to pick up 12 points at second or third year level to complete point requirements. 384 points + 12 points = 396 points EXAMPLE 2: 3 x level 1 courses 3 x level 2 courses 2 x level 3 courses Total = = = = 108 points 144 points 144 points 396 points

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1. School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

The Departments of Botany and Zoology were among the first to be established by the University in 1917 and have a long history of quality teaching and research. The two departments amalgamated to form the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, thus providing a more integrated approach to biological studies. Our theme is The Biology of a Changing World: Conserving African Biodiversity. Studies are focused at the level of living things and their interaction with the environment. Areas of specialisation include savannas and grasslands and aquatic biology, focusing on biodiversity, sustainable resources and range limitation. Ecology and Behaviour of a diverse range of animals (herbivores, beetles, rodents, lizards, snakes, birds, etc.), Bio control, Biodiversity, Conservation, Restoration, Ecophysiology, Systematics, Taxonomy, and Evolutionary Biology are some of the specialisations on offer. We have redesigned our courses so that we can retain important basic knowledge but have time to explore fields that are new and relevant. Training involves both field work and laboratory skills. We have a well equipped and active museum. Courses are made up of modules which allow for flexibility and choice.

curriculum 1st year

BSc in the field of Biological Sciences Introductory Life Sciences I (BIOL1000) AND Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Ancillary Maths & Stats I (MATH1010) AND/OR Complementary Life Sciences I (BIOL1006) Recommended

Course Code

BIOL1000 APES2023 APES3035 APES2006 APES3009 APES2000 APES3045

Course Description

Introductory Life Sciences I Ecology, Environment and Conservation II Ecology, Environment and Conservation III Zoology II Zoology III Plant Sciences II Plant Sciences III

450 65 50 65 50 10 10

2nd year

Plant Sciences II (APES2000) AND/OR Zoology II (APES2006) AND/OR Ecology, Environment and Conservation II (APES2023)

3rd year

Plant Sciences III (APES3045) AND/OR Zoology III (APES3009) AND/OR Ecology, Environment and Conservation III (APES3035)

Wits facts

Wits has a separate Palaeontology Institute dedicated to palaeontological research. Professor Lee Berger, a renowned palaeanthropologist from the Institute recently discovered and named a new species of hominid, the Australopithecus Sediba, almost two million years old, in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site.

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The School of Molecular and Cell Biology provides excellence in teaching and research in the molecular life sciences and biotechnology. The strength of the programme lies in the comprehensive introduction to the convergence of modern molecular advances, and their application to the broad fields of medicine, agriculture and biotechnology. There is no doubt that the molecular biosciences are the science of the future evidenced by the growing number of disciplines where a molecular understanding has made a substantial impact (e.g. bioinformatics, forensics and drug design). The School boasts excellent laboratory and IT infrastructure and on-going research strategies are benchmarked against international standards. Majors: Genetics and Developmental Biology Microbiology and Biotechnology Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Course Code

BIOL1000 MCBG3017 MCBG3018 MCBG3021 MCBG3022 MCBG3024 MCBG3025 MCBG3027

Course Description

Introductory Life Sciences I Microbiology and Biotechnology III Advanced Virology III Microbial Food Security III Biotechnology of Fungi III Advanced Bacteriology III Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering III Plant and Invertebrate Pathology III

450 90 90 90 90 90 90 90

BSc in the field of Biological Sciences Introductory Life Sciences I (BIOL1000) AND Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Ancillary Maths & Stats I (MATH1010) AND/OR Complementary Life Sciences I (BIOL1006) Physics I (Auxiliary) (PHYS1001) OR Physics I (Major) (PHYS1000) Introduction to Psychology I (PSYC1001) Basic Principles of Individual and Group Psychology I (PSYC1002) Introductory Life Sciences I (BIOL1000) AND Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Ancillary Maths & Stats I (MATH1010) AND/OR Complementary Life Sciences I (BIOL1006) Physics I (Auxiliary) (PHYS1001) OR Physics I (Major) (PHYS1000) Introduction to Psychology I (PSYC1001) Basic Principles of Individual and Group Psychology I (PSYC1002) Introductory Life Sciences I (BIOL1000) AND Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Ancillary Maths & Stats I (MATH1010) AND / OR Complementary Life Sciences I (BIOL1006) Physics I (Auxiliary) (PHYS1001) OR Physics I (Major) (PHYS1000) Introduction to Psychology I (PSYC1001) Basic Principles of Individual and Group Psychology I (PSYC1002) Molecular and Cell Biology IIA (MCBG2031) AND Molecular and Cell Biology IIB (MCBG2032) AND Current Topics In Microbiology (MCBG2028) Microbiology and Biotechnology III (MCBG3017) AND/ OR Any other level III course depending on other course set Molecular and Cell Biology IIA (MCBG2031) AND Molecular and Cell Biology IIB (MCBG2032) AND Microbial Genetics (MCBG2027) Genetics & Developmental Biology III (MCBG3011) AND/ OR Any other level III course depending on other course set

2nd year

Molecular and Cell Biology IIA (MCBG2031) AND Molecular and Cell Biology IIB (MCBG2032) AND Molecular Basis Of Disease (MCBG2030) AND Drug Discovery (MCBG2029)

3rd year

Biochemistry and Cell Biology III (MCBG3004) AND/ OR Any other level III course depending on other course set

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An actuary applies analytical, statistical and mathematical skills to financial and business problems, especially those which involve uncertain future events, such as in life insurance, general insurance, risk management, health care financing, investments, corporate finance, banking, retirement funding and social security. Actuaries help individuals and businesses to make financial sense of the future, and allow them to safeguard their future financial well-being in an ever- challenging world. Majors: Actuarial Science Mathematical Statistics

Course Code

STAT1002 STAT1003

Course Description

Actuarial Science I (HC) Mathematical Statistics I (HC)

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Fixed Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences Wits has three large schools in the area of study known as the Mathematical Sciences and these are the School of Mathematics, the School of Computational and Applied Mathematics and the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science. This fixed curriculum has a limit of 30 on student numbers for 2014.

Curriculum 1st year

BSc in the field of Actuarial Sciences Actuarial Science I (STAT1002) AND Mathematical Statistics I (STAT1003) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034)Calculus I (MATH1036) AND Economics IA (ECON1008) AND Business Accounting I (Econ1009)

2nd year

Actuarial Science II (STAT2008) AND Mathematical Statistics II (STAT2005) AND Mathematics II : Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020)

3rd year

Actuarial Science III (STAT3008) AND Mathematical Statistics III (STAT3017)

Mathematical Statistics I (STAT1003) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) Calculus I (MATH1036) Any 2 or 3 other level I courses depending on other course sets Actuarial Science I (STAT1002) Economics IA (ECON1008) Economics IB (ECON1009) Business Accounting I (ACCN1000) Computer Science I (COMS1000) Computational and Applied Mathematics I (APPM1006) BSc in the field of Mathematical Sciences Mathematics I (Major): Calculus I (MATH1036) Algebra I (MATH1034) AND Computational and Applied Mathematics I (APPM1006) AND Mathematical Statistics (STAT1003) One additional course of at least 18 points at level 1

Mathematical Statistics II (STAT2005) AND Mathematics II : Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020)

Mathematics II : Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020) AND Computational and Applied Mathematics II (APPM2007) AND Mathematical Statistics II (STAT2005)

One of the following 3 options: Option 1: Mathematical Sciences IIIA (APPM3031) AND Mathematical Sciences IIIB (APPM3032) Option 2: Two of the following recognised majors: Mathematics III (MATH3021) Computational and Applied Mathematics for Mathematical Sciences III Mathematical Statistics for Mathematical Sciences III Option 3: One of the following recognised majors and 36 points from each of the other 2 majors: Mathematics III Computational and Applied Mathematics for Mathematical Sciences III Mathematical Statistics for Mathematical Sciences III

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Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAM) equips you to solve problems in business and industry using efficient analytical and computational techniques to optimise productivity and hence increase outputs, profits and income. Students interact with industry through the Mathematics in Industry Study Groups and the Advanced Mathematics of Finance Programme. Majors: Computational and Applied Mathematics

Course Code

APPM1000

Course Description

Computational and Applied Mathematics

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Fixed Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences Wits has three large schools in the area of study known as the Mathematical Sciences and these are the School of Mathematics, School of Computational and Applied Mathematics and School of Statistics and Actuarial Science. In recognition of the power and importance of mathematics and statistics in applications and of the need for graduates with a thorough understanding of mathematics we encourage students with an interest in and enjoyment of mathematics, to register for a curriculum that ensures a proper foundation, that is, the BSc in the field of Mathematical Sciences. Students must have proof of sufficient mathematical ability to succeed in this curriculum. This fixed curriculum has a limit of 30 on student numbers for 2014.

CURRICULUM 1st year

BSc in the field of Computing with Mathematics Computational and Applied Mathematics I (APPM1006) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034)Calculus I (MATH1036) Any 2 or 3 other level I courses depending on other course sets Recommended courses: Computer Science I (COMS1000) Physics I (Major) (PHYS1000)

2nd year

Computational and Applied Mathematics II (APPM2007) AND Mathematics II : Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020) Mathematics II : Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020) AND Computational and Applied Mathematics II (APPM2007) AND Mathematical Statistics II (STAT2005)

3rd year

Computational and Applied Mathematics III (APPM3017) Any other level III course depending on other course sets

Mathematics I (Major): Calculus I (MATH1036) Algebra I (MATH1034) AND Computational and Applied Mathematics I (APPM1006) AND Mathematical Statistics (STAT1003) One additional course of at least 18 points at level 1

One of the options: Option 1: Mathematical Sciences IIIA (APPM3031) Mathematical Sciences IIIB (APPM3032) Option 2: Two of the following recognised majors: Mathematics III (MATH3021) Computational and Applied Mathematics for Mathematical Sciences III Mathematical Statistics for Mathematical Sciences III Option 3: One of the following recognised majors and 36 points from the other 2 majors: Mathematics III Computational and Applied Mathematics for Mathematical Sciences III Mathematical Statistics for Mathematical Sciences III

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Computer Science has revolutionised the way we live and work and new developments in software and hardware will continue to change the world. Computing and IT is a very wide area. At Wits, we focus on developing the leaders of the future those who will take our industry and science further. Computer Science is the discipline of solving problems so that the solutions can be efficiently implemented on computers. The problem domains are very wide: commerce, finance, industry, mining, science, mathematics, music and entertainment. To be a leader in Computer Science requires: Critical thinking Good mathematical abilities Thorough knowledge of the science of computing Analytic ability Creativity Majors: Computer Science Fixed Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in the field of Applied Computing The BSc in the field of Applied Computing degree is a pioneer programme in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This programme is designed to give students both a broad and deep foundation in all aspects of ICT. It is a tri Faculty initiative that links the expertise of the Schools of Computer Science, Electrical and Information Engineering along with the School of Economic and Business Sciences. Graduates will be suitable for positions in industry and commerce such as software development, software design, database programming, network analysis and design and systems analysis. A student who completes a Bachelor of Science containing the courses listed below may apply for entry to the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Information Engineering) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment or Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management. This fixed curriculum has a limit of 30 on student numbers for 2014.

Curriculum 1st year

BSc in the field of Computing with Mathematics Computer Science I (COMS1000) AND Mathematics I (Major) Algebra I (MATH1034) Calculus I (MATH1036) Any 2 or 3 other level I courses depending on other course sets Computational and Applied Mathematics I (APPM1006) Actuarial Science I (STAT1002) Mathematical Statistics I (STAT1003)

2nd year

Computer Science II Programming Languages II (COMS2000) Operating Systems II (COMS2001) Database Fundamentals II (COMS2002) Applications and Analysis of Algorithms II (COMS2003) AND Mathematics II Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020)

3rd year

Computer Science III Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence III (COMS3000) Software Engineering III (COM3002) Formal Languages and Automata III (COMS3003) Architecture and Networks III (COMS3004) Any other level III course depending on other course set

Computer Science I (COMS1000) AND Concepts of Design (ELEN1002) AND Information Systems IA (INFO1000) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) Calculus I (MATH1036) AND Applied Mathematics for Applied Computing I (APPM1021) AND Physics for Applied Computing I (PHYS1023) The student shall also complete the following special requirements to the satisfaction of the Senate: Practical Programming Workshop or Vacation Work Part I.

Electrical Circuits (ELEN2008) AND Microprocessors (ELEN2006) AND Systems Analysis for Applied Computing (INFO2004) AND Database Fundamentals (COMS2002) AND Operating Systems (COMS2001) AND Applications and Analysis of Algorithms (COMS2003) AND Computer Science IIB (COMS2xxx) AND Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) with Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) with Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2003) with Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2020) The student shall also complete Vacation Work Part II to the satisfaction of the Senate.

Introduction to Software Engineering (ELEN3023) AND Professional Practice and Software Development (ELEN3020) AND Architecture and Networks III (COMS3004) AND Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence III (COMS3000) One of the Options: Option 1: Electronics (ELEN3022) Signals and Systems for Applied Computing (ELEN3019) A Capstone Project in Electrical and Information Engineering (ELEN3021) Option 2: Management & Application of IS (INFO3002) A Capstone Project in Information Systems (INFO3003) Option 3: Computer Science for Applied Computing III A Capstone Project in Computer Science

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6. School of Mathematics

Pure Mathematics is a dynamic science. The increasing complexity of modern society means that ever more mathematicians will be needed in future. Majors: Mathematics Fixed Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences Mathematics and Languages are perhaps the cornerstone disciplines of a university. Wits has three large schools in the area of study known as the Mathematical Sciences and these are the School of Mathematics, the School of Computational and Applied Mathematics and the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science. This fixed curriculum has a limit of 30 on student numbers for 2014.

curriculum 1st year

BSc in the field of Mathematics with Computing Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) Calculus I (MATH1036) Any 2 or 3 other level I courses depending on other majoris Recommended courses: Computer Science I (COMS1000) Computational & Applied Mathematics I (APPM1006) Economics I (ECON1008) Economics I (ECON1009) BSc in the field of Mathematical Sciences Mathematics I (Major): Calculus I (MATH1036) Algebra I (MATH1034) AND Computational and Applied Mathematics I (APPM1006) AND Mathematical Statistics (STAT1003) One additional course of at least 18 points at level 1 Mathematics II : Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020) AND Computational and Applied Mathematics II (APPM2007) AND Mathematical Statistics II (STAT2005) One of the following 3 options: Option 1: Mathematical Sciences IIIA (APPM3031) AND Mathematical Sciences IIIB (APPM3032) Option 2: Two of the following recognised majors: Mathematics III (MATH3021) Computational and Applied Mathematics for Mathematical Sciences III Mathematical Statistics for Mathematical Sciences III Option 3: One of the following recognised majors and 36 points from each of the other 2 majors: Mathematics III Computational and Applied Mathematics for Mathematical Sciences III Mathematical Statistics for Mathematical Sciences III

2nd year

Mathematics II : Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020) Any other level II course depending on other majors

3rd year

Mathematics III (MATH3021) Any other level III course depending on other majors

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Majors: Geography Archaeology

Course Code

GEOG1000 GEOG2010 GEOG2012 GEOG2013 GEOG3017 GEOG3018 GEOG3019 GEOG3021 GEOG3020 GEOG3021 GEOG3022 Natasha Nicoletti by Bruce Rubidge PHD Mining and Minerals

Course Description

Geography I Earth and Atmospheric Processes II Environmental Governance: From Local to Global II Methods, Models and Geographic Information Systems II Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing III Fundamentals of Conservation Biogeography III Economic Geography III Advanced Atmospheric Sciences III Climate and Environmental Change III Climate and Environmental Change III City Cultures III

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BSc in the field of Geographical and Archaeological Sciences Geography I (GEOG1000) Any 2 or 3 other level I courses depending on other majors Recommended majors: Geology I (GEOL1000) Chemistry I CHEM1012) Archaeology I (ARCL1000)

2nd year

Geography II: An Introduction to Climate Change and Society II (GEOG2012) Earth and Atmospheric Processes II (GEOG2010) Environmental Governance : From Local to Global II (GEOG2012) Methods, Models and Geographic Information Systems II (GEOG2013) Any other level II course depending on other majors

3rd year

Geography III: Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing III (GEOG3017) AND Fundamentals of Conservation Biogeography III (GEOG3018) 2 other courses: Economic Geography III (GEOG3019) Climate and Environmental Change III (GEOG3020) Advanced Atmospheric Sciences III (GEOG3021) City Cultures III (GEOG3022) Any other level III course depending on other majors

Archaeology I (ARCL1000) Any 2 or 3 other level I course depending on other majors Recommended courses: Geology I (GEOL1000) Chemistry I (CHEM1012) Geography I (GEOG1000

Archaeology III (ARCL3002) Any other level III course depending on other majors

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8. School of Geosciences

The School of Geosciences provides opportunities for students to graduate in the fields of geology, mining geology, environmental science, geophysics and palaeontology, depending on students course combinations. We enjoy close contacts with Mining and Minerals Exploration companies that employ most of our graduates. The School is involved in a broad range of internationallyrecognised research projects based on the superlative geology and fossil resources of South Africa. Majors: Geology

Course Code

GEOL1000 GEOL2000 GEOL2008 GEOL2016 GEOL3022

Course Description

Geology I Complementary Earth Science II Geology II Mapwork for Geologists Geology III

110 60 60 60 40

BSc in the field of Geological Sciences Geology I (GEOL1000) AND Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) with Calculus I (MATH1036) OR Ancillary Maths & Stats I (MATH1010) Any 1 other level I course depending on other course sets Geology I (GEOL1000) AND Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) with Calculus I (MATH1036) OR Ancillary Maths and Stats I (MATH1010) Any 1 other level I courses depending on other course sets Geology I (GEOL1000) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) with Calculus I (MATH1036) AND Physics I (Major) (PHYS1000) Any 1 other level I courses depending on other course sets Geology II (GEOL2008) AND Map work for Geologists (GEOL2016) AND Physics II: Physics IIA (PHYS2001) Physics IIB (PHYS2002) OR Mathematics II Basic Analysis II (MATH2001)Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020) Geology I (GEOL1000) AND Introductory Life Sciences I (BIOL1000) AND Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Ancillary Maths & Stats I (MATH1010) Any 1 other level I courses depending on other course sets Geology II (GEOL2008) AND Map work for Geologists (GEOL2016) AND Plant Sciences II (APES2000) OR Zoology II (APES2006) Geology III (GEOL3022) AND Plant Sciences III (APES3045) OR Zoology III (APES3009) Geology III (GEOL3022) AND Physics III: Quantum Mechanics III (PHYS3000) Statistical Physics III (PHYS3002) Waves and Modern Optics III (PHYS3003) Advanced Experimental Physics and Project III (PHYS3006) Applications of Quantum Mechanics III (PHYS3001) Introduction to Geophysics (PHYS3004)

2nd year

Geology II (GEOL2008) AND Map work for Geologists (GEOL2016) Any 1 other level I course depending on other course sets (Refer to Rules and Syllabus Book for course codes) Complementary Earth Sciences II Physics II Mathematics II Geography II Geology II (GEOL2008) AND Map work for Geologists (GEOL2016) AND Chemistry II (CHEM2003)

3rd year

Geology III (GEOL3022) Any 1 other level I course depending on other course sets (Refer to Rules and Syllabus Book for Course Codes) Advanced Earth Sciences III Mathematics III Mathematics Techniques III Physics III Geography III

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9. School of Physics

Everything is made of star dust, the heavy elements created in stars and the supernovae. Physics takes you on a journey of understanding from the Big Bang to star formation to the evolution of galaxies of stars. We investigate cosmology through high-energy physics and the structure of the universe as it cooled to freeze out the four forces of nature. Nuclear physics opens the door on the structure of nuclei and leads to nuclear reactors and radioisotopes for medical purposes. Solid state physics allowed all things in present day communications to become a reality. Lasers light up our concerts and perception of nature itself. Join us on this fantastic journey of discovery! Majors: Physics Fixed Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in the field of Nuclear Sciences and Engineering A student who completes a Bachelor of Science containing the courses listed below may apply for entry to the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment or proceed to BSc Hons in Physics. This fixed curriculum has a limit of 30 on student numbers for 2014.

curriculum 1st year

BSc in the field of Physical Sciences Physics I (Major) (PHYS1000) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) Calculus I (MATH1036) Any 2 or 3 other level I courses depending on other course sets Chemistry I (CHEM1012) Computational and Applied Mathematics I (APPM1006) Geology I (GEOL1000) BSc in the field of Nuclear Sciences and Engineering Physics I (Major) (PHYS1000) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) with Calculus I (MATH1036) AND Mechanics (PHYS1015) AND Engineering Drawing (MECN1003) AND Introduction to Mechanical Engineering and Design (MECN1001)

2nd year

Physics II: Physics IIA (PHYS2001) Physics IIB (PHYS2002) AND Mathematics II : Basic Analysis II (MATH2001) Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) Advanced Analysis II (MATH2016) Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) Linear Algebra II (MATH2019) Group Theory II (MATH2020) Physics II: Physics IIA (PHYS2001) with Physics IIB (PHYS2002) AND Chemistry IA (CHEM1013) AND Mathematics II (Engineering) (MATH2012) AND Applied Mechanics A (MECN2001) AND Computing Skills and Software Development (MECN2003) AND Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (MECN2010 ) AND Basic Nuclear Physics (PHYS2012) AND Introduction of Reactor Physics (PHYS2012)

3rd year

Physics III: Quantum Mechanics III (PHYS3000) Statistical Physics III (PHYS3002) Waves and Modern Optics III (PHYS3003) Advanced Experimental Physics and Project III (PHYS3006) AND Applications of Quantum Mechanics III (PHYS3001) OR Introduction to Geophysics (PHYS3004)

Quantum Mechanics III (PHYS3000) AND Applications of Quantum Mechanics III (PHYS3001) AND Statistical Physics III (PHYS3002) AND Waves and Modern Optics III (PHYS3003) AND Advanced Experimental Physics and Project III (PHYS3006) AND Fluid Mechanics (MECN2000) AND Mechanical Engineering Design (MECN2009) AND Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (MECN2005) AND Thermodynamics (MECN2006) AND Introduction to Nuclear Engineering (MECN3023) AND Introduction to Nuclear Safety (MECN3024)

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The School of Chemistry at Wits has an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. Its staff members are prominent in the chemical community in South Africa, and many of them have international reputations as researchers in their fields of expertise. Several of them have won University and national awards for their teaching and research. The School of Chemistry at Wits is one of the leading departments of chemistry in South Africa. We offer programmes leading to a BSc with both Chemistry and Applied Chemistry (or both) as major subjects. Majors: Chemistry Applied Chemistry Materials Science Fixed Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in the field of Chemistry with Chemical Engineering Option A student who completes a Bachelor of Science in the field of Chemistry with Chemical Engineering may apply for entry to the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chem Eng) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment or proceed to a BSc Hons in Chemistry. Bachelor of Science in the field of Materials Science with Metallurgy Option A student who completes a Bachelor of Science in the field of Materials Science with Metallurgy may apply for entry to the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Metallurgy) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE). This fixed curriculum has a limit of 30 on student numbers for 2014.

3rd year

Chemistry III (CHEM3028) AND Applied Chemistry III (CHEM3030)

Bachelor of Science in the field of Chemistry Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) Calculus I (MATH1036) OR Ancillary Maths & Stats I (MATH1010) Any 2 or 3 other level I courses depending on other course sets Bachelor of Science in the field of Chemistry with Chemical Engineering Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) with Calculus I (MATH1036) AND Physics I (Major) (PHYS1001) AND Critical Thinking and Philosophical Reasoning I (PHIL1001) AND Human Resource Psychology II (PSYC2019) Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Mathematics I (Major): Algebra I (MATH1034) with Calculus I (MAT1036) AND Physics I (Major) (PHYS1000) AND Critical Thinking and Philosophical Reasoning I (PHIL1001) AND Human Resource Psychology II (PSYC2019) Introduction to Process and Materials I (CHMT1000) AND Computing for Process Engineering II (CHMT2012) AND Mechanical Design and Materials II (CHMT2004) AND Mathematics II (Engineering) (MATH2012) AND Chemistry II (CHEM2003) Chemistry III (CHEM3028 ) AND Energy Balances (CHMT2007) AND Introduction to Environmental Economics I (ECON1007) AND Social History of Technology I (HIST1010) AND Process Engineering II (CHMT2012)

2nd year

Chemistry II (CHEM2003) Any other level II course depending on other course set

Materials Science II (CHEM2007) AND Chemistry IIA (CHEM2001) AND Electrical Engineering II (ELEN2000) AND Introduction to Process and Materials (CHMT1000) AND Computing for Process Engineering II (CHMT2012) AND Multivariable Calculus II (MATH2007) with Discrete Mathematics II (MATH2018) with Linear Algebra II (MATH2019)

Materials Science III (CHEM3037) AND Introduction to Environmental Economics I (ECON1007) AND Social History of Technology I (HIST1010) AND Process Engineering (CHMT2012) AND Practical Metallurgy (CHMT2008) AND Introductory Minerology and Earth Science (CHMT2009)

The Schools of Chemistry and Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering have a programme that leads to two degrees, a BSc in Chemistry and a BScEng (Chem Eng), in five years of study. This is a unique opportunity for chemists to acquire chemical engineering skills and chemical engineers to gain a deeper understanding of chemistry. Because chemists and chemical engineers work so closely in industry, the chemical engineer who has a deep understanding of chemistry, or the chemist who has an understanding of engineering principles, will be in a better position to compete in the job market. That is why we are offering you a means of studying both disciplines! This fixed curriculum programme leads initially to a three year degree majoring in chemistry but in which topics in chemical engineering are also covered. It is followed by a further two years of study that qualifies you for a BScEng (ChemEng degree). For more details visit: www.wits.ac.za/academic/science/chemistry/6646/teaching.html

science

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Aquatic Sciences

Covers freshwater and marine aquatic systems and their boundaries, it ranges from molecular-level mechanistic studies to investigations at the whole-ecosystem scale. Reports on research across disciplinary and environmental boundaries, including interactions among geological, microbial, biological, chemical, physical, hydrological, and societal processes.

Curriculum Year of Study 1

Bachelor of Science in the field of Natual Sciences Introductory Life Sciences I (BIOL1000) AND Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Geography 1 (GEOG1000) AND Geology I (GEOL1000)

Year of Study 2

Aquatic Sciences II AND Ancillary Maths & Stats I (MATH1010) AND Any other level II unit depending on other unit set

Year of Study 3

Aquatic Sciences III AND Any other level III unit depending on other unit set

Students are introduced to the basic concepts of sustainability, and how human activities and management practices alter biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and ecosystem services. Economic and other social science perspectives to estimate the value of aspects such as ecosystem services will be introduced, as well as approaches to the evaluation of options for achieving sustainable ecosystem services. The value of ecological research in sustainability and environmental management will be covered.

Curriculum Year of Study 1

Bachelor of Science in the field of Natual Sciences Introductory Life Sciences I (BIOL1000) AND Chemistry I (CHEM1012) AND Geography 1 (GEOG1000) AND Geology I (GEOL1000)

Year of Study 2

Environmental Sciences & Sustainability II AND Ancillary Maths & Stats I (MATH1010) AND Any other level II unit depending on other unit set

Year of Study 3

Environmental Sciences & Sustainability III AND Any other level III unit depending on other unit set

Barend Erasmus

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CAREERS IN SCIENCE

School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences Plant Sciences, Zoology and Ecology, Environment & Conservation

Museum work in national botanical and zoological gardens Scientific journalism for newspapers, journals, broadcasting and natural history documentaries Basic training degree for medicine, law and commerce

Applied Computing

Software Development Database Programming Network Analysis and design

Industrial research and manufacturing of foodstuffs Research on drugs and insecticides Medical, agricultural, environmental and veterinary services and research/ technical laboratory work

Heritage management Educational and archaeology Archaeotourism

Academic teaching Cell biology Marketing of scientific products

Academic research Product testing Chemical analysis Environmental impact and ecology

Geography

Urban planning Geographical information systems Climatological and oceanographic research

Medical diagnosis testing Industrial and agricultural research in biotechnology and breeding of plants and animals Scientific and medical research

Consultant Mine safety and environmental problems Mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and research

Marine Sciences Forensic Science Water treatment and Analysis

Water Resource Management Environmental Sustainability and Policy Development

High technology manufacturing industries such as: Synthetic Diamonds Advanced Alloys

Geology

Investment banking and financial consultation Academic teaching and research Environment, engineering and water consultant

Researchers Project managers Software engineers

Mathematics of finance Ecological modelling Computer graphics

Palaeontology

Geological survey Industrial research in fuels and biostratigraphy Teaching, research at universities and museums

Companies such as Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa), Eskom and National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) hire: Physicist Engineer

Mathematical Sciences

Business management and Economics Town Planning and Geography Mineral prospecting and medical imaging

System analysts Work in scientific institutions Banking and finance

Market research Official statistics Academic teaching and research

Software and system architects Software developments Management

Mathematical Sciences

Business management and Economics Town Planning and Geography Mineral prospecting and medical imaging

Actuarial Science

Retirement funds Stock broking Investment managing

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