WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$517 /year
Applications Begin:July 2021
Student Intake:180
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Biology
Start Date:October 2021
Academic Unit:College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: August 2021
Programme Overview

The programme is meant to prepare qualified biologist to meet the stakeholders demand, to go with the advancement of science and technology as well as to promote self employment. In this respect, courses in this programme are designed to equip students with the ability to solve environmental  and social problems that are facing communities and the country, through application of biological approaches.


Programme structure
The first two years is devoted to teaching basic biology followed by optional courses to
specialize in either BSc (Biol); BSc (Biol) (Plant Breeding) or BSc (Biol) (Conservation
Year One
Semester I
BI 111 Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics Core 10
BI 112 Invertebrate Zoology Core 10
BI 113 Ecology I Core 7.5
BI 114 Introductory Botany Core 10
DS 106 Development Perspectives Core 7.5
CH 115 Chemistry for Life Science Students Core 10
LG 106 Communication Skills Core 7.5

Semester II
BI 121 Introduction to Plant Physiology Core 7.5
BI 122 Chordate Zoology Core 10
BI 123 Developmental Biology Core 7.5
BI 124 Introduction to Microbiology Core 10
BI 125 Environmental Science Core 7.5
MT 110 Introduction to Information and Communication Technology Core 7.5
BI 126 Introduction to Parasitology Core 10

Year Two
Semester I
BI 211 Aquatic Biology Core 10
BI 212 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I Core 10
BI 213 Molecular Genetics Core 10
BI 214 Fundamentals of Soil Science Core 7.5
BI 215 Biostatistics I Core 10
BI 216 Introduction to Entomology Core 7.5
BI 217 Introduction to Mycology Core 7.5

Semester II
BI 221 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II Core 10
BI 222 Introduction to Research Methodology Core 10
BI 223 Metabolic Physiology and Plant Growth Core 7.5
BI 224 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Core 7.5
BI 225 Ecology II Core 10
BI 226 Aquatic and Terrestrial Biology Field Practical Core 7.5
BI 226 Aquatic and Terrestrial Biology Field Practical Core 7.5
BI 227 Practical Training* Core 10

Year Three
Semester I
BI 311 Research Project Core 7.5
BI 312 Evolution Core 10
BI 314 Taxonomy of Higher Plants Core 7.5
BI 315 Introduction to Biodiversity Conservation Core 10
BI 316 Physiology of Nutrition Core 7.5
BI 317 Animal Behavior Core 10
BI 318 Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Core 10

Semester II
BI 321 Research project II Core 7.5
EM 306 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Core 10
BI 322 Applied Plant Physiology Core 7.5
BI 323 Plant Pathology Core 10
BI 324 Anatomy of Angiosperms Core 7.5
BI 325 Mammalian Biology Core 7.5
BI 326 Algal Ecology and Systematic Core 7.5
BI 327 Environmental Impact Assessment Core 7.5
Electives for Specialization in Conservation Biology*

Year Four
Semester I
BI 301 Ichthyology Elective 7.5
BI 302 Herpetology Elective 7.5
BI 303 Applied Entomology Elective 7.5
BI 304 Estuarine and Wetland Ecology Elective 7.5

Semester II
BI 305 Applied Ecology Elective 7.5
BI 306 Conservation Biology Elective 7.5
BI 307 Ornithology Elective 7.5
BI 308 Natural Resources Management and Utilization Elective 7.5
Electives for Specialization in Plant Breeding*

Semester I
BI 309 Plant Breeding and Genetic Manipulations Elective 7.5
BI 330 Plant Tissue Culture Elective 7.5
BI 331 Physiology of Natural Products Elective 7.5
BI 332 Biostatistics II Elective 7.5

Semester II
BI 333 Applied Parasitology Elective 7.5
BI 334 Plant Reproduction Elective 7.5
BI 335 Plant Genetics Elective 7.5
BI 336 Economic Botany Elective 7.5
* Maximum elective courses should not exceed 30% of the minimum credits (i.e. 36 credits)

Admission Requirements

Direct Entry;
Two principal passes at “D” grade or higher in Biology and one of the following subjects: Chemistry, Physics or Geography.

Equivalent entry;
Diploma in Education, Agriculture, Forestry with an average of “B” or GPA of 3.0 and four passes at “O” level and a credit pass in Biology at O‟ level

Application Process
Application Fees for Tanzanian and SADC Students: $4
Application Fees for International Students: $4

How to Apply
Applicants are required to lodge applications directly to the University of Dodoma through the UDOM Online Admission System (OAS) at
**An Application fee of 10,000 TZS, is expected to be paid by all Applicants
NOTE: The Application Deadline is in August.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Academic researcher
– Biotechnologist
– Higher education lecturer
– Marine biologist
– Microbiologist
– Nanotechnologist
– Nature conservation officer
– Pharmacologist
– Research scientist (life sciences)
– Scientific laboratory technician
– Secondary school teacher
– Soil scientist
– Teaching laboratory technician

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Tuition Fees for Tanzanian and SADC Students: $517
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,491

Tuition Fees for Tanzanian Students = 1,500,000 TZS
Tuition Fees for International Students = 4,611,200 TZS
Students from countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), also pay the same fee as local Students. The 16 Countries in the SADC region include: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

– All students are required to pay full tuition fees for the year. Payment by installments will only be permitted under special arrangements. It is the responsibility of the students to arrange for the payment of fees by the sponsor or the Higher Education Students‟ Loans Board (HESLB). No student will be allowed to use University facilities before payment of the required fees.
– Students who fail to pay will be expelled from the university.

Relevant Contact

Dr Hamisi Nchimbi
Head of Department (Biological Conservation)
Directorate of Undergraduate Studies
Responsible for undergraduate studies
Prof. Said A. H. Vuai
Principal, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Faculty Office
General Enquiries