WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,691 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
Specialisations:Animal Science
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

Since 1998, the Faculty of Science and Agriculture has offered AGRIBUSINESS in its four-year BScAgric degree.  Colleagues in the USA report that Agribusiness has become a major drawcard at their Universities too.

The AGRIBUSINESS degree option is offered jointly by the Disciplines of Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Crop Science, Horticultural Science, and Wildlife Science.  Students take a co-major (joint major) between Agricultural Economics and any one of these production disciplines.

After completing a BScAgric degree in Agribusiness, graduates may study towards an MScAgric or PhD degree.

The discipline of Animal and Poultry Science has been an integral part of the agricultural disciplines of the University since the consolidation of the Faculty of Agriculture in the late 1940s, when it was chaired by the fourth professor appointed to the Faculty, Prof G.B. Laurence.

The Faculty began with a focus on Poultry Husbandry and Anatomy, Physiology and Animal Diseases and saw many great scientists pass through its halls, men like Peter Barrowman, Neil Ferguson, Jannes van Ryssen and Rob Gous.

In its 65 years of existence, the discipline has pioneered new endeavours and trained students for excellence. One of its most notable projects was Dallas Shaw and Chloe Bowles’ first test-tube calf in South Africa and induced twinning, a first for South African reproductive physiology.


Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL101(16), CHEM110(16), MATH150(16), PHYS131(16)
Semester 2 BIOL102(16), CHEM120(16), MATH143(8), PHYS133(8), STAT130(16)

Year 2
Semester 1 AGEC210(16), 220(16), BIOC201(16), STAT221(16)
Semester 2 AGEC270(16), ANSI201(16), 209(16), (ZULN101(16) or Elective(16))

Year 3
Semester 1 AGEC380(16), ANSI312(16), 333(16), 352(16)
Semester 2 AGEC370(16), ANSI311(16), 370(16), Level-3 Elective(16)

Year 4
Semester 1 AGEC750(16), ANSI711(16), Level-7 Elective(16)
Semester 2 AGEC740(16), ANSI712(16), Level-7 Elective(16)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
– NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural Science/Physical Science/Life Science at level 4.
– Admission points required: 28-48 (highest scoring students took first; BSc in Industrial and Applied Biotechnology requires a minimum point score of 30).
– The closing date for applications is 30 September.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $128

Closing dates for Undergraduate Programmes:

Medicine: 30 June
All other programmes: 30 September
– Applications to study must be made in the prescribed manner via the Central Applications
Office (, and must include the presentation of the Matriculation Certificate where specified.
– An applicant who has studied at any other tertiary education institution must, in addition, present an academic record and a certificate of conduct from that institution.

For new admissions:
– APS (Accumulated points score)
– Selections are processed on a sliding scale, on academic merit, with the minimum as per subject requirements.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Farm management specialist for agricultural extension.
– Agricultural policy specialist for public organization.
– Farm manager.
– Farm bureau executive.
– Grain merchandiser.
– Commodity trader.
– International and domestic grain trader.
– Price / risk manager in commodity marketing firm.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,691
Tuition Fees for International Students: $12,747

South African students pay R44626 per year as tuition fees.
Students from SADC countries pay local tuition fees plus a levy of R3400 (R1800 per semester)

Application fee:
– All students from SADC and other African countries pay: R470
– All students from outside of Africa: U$146
– Students from within Africa but outside SADC and from the rest of the world are required to pay US $ 14 535.00 per annum; i.e. U$ 6 895.00 per semester (first or second) inclusive of the international levy, where registration is required for one semester only to complete a qualification.


Relevant Contact

Prof. Muthulisi Siwela
Academic Leader
Mrs Anusha Maikoo
Undergraduate Administrator