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Tuition Fees:$3,258 /year
Applications Begin:March 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:Stellenbosch
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

The BSc in Chemistry programme offers three streams of which you choose one:
– Chemistry and Polymer Science
– Chemical Biology
– Materials Technology

The three streams are almost identical in the first year, except that Biology is a compulsory first-year subject for the Chemical Biology stream.

Stream: Chemistry and Polymer Science

The Chemistry and Polymer Science stream trains students to become professional chemists and analytical chemists who have the chemistry-based technical background for a career in any industrial or other sectors in which chemistry plays a role.

They gain a thorough knowledge of polymers as the basis of various materials, and of sophisticated synthetic and analytic techniques for polymers.

The elective modules excluded, your second and third year training is devoted to Chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the use of chemistry for the processing of raw materials in the mining industry, for the refinement of metals, for metals extraction, in the petrochemical, building, paints, polymer, high explosives, textiles, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, or in industries for the manufacture of paper, household and cosmetic products.

Considerable attention is also given to the monitoring of pollution and methods to prevent and combat pollution.

Analytical chemists may pursue a career as process controllers in chemical plants, in the development of new analytical methods, in the development of production processes, in the planning of new plants, in the operation of chemical plants, in education, in the marketing of chemicals, scientific instruments and components for chemical plants, or as environmental scientists.

This stream also provides you with the basis for further study in patent and environmental law.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Chemistry or in Polymer Science. If applicable elective modules are taken, it could also lead to an honours programme in Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Earth Science, Computer Science or Microbiology.

Stream: Chemical Biology

The Chemical Biology stream trains students to become scientists for a career in those sectors of the chemical industry involved in the more organic and biochemical aspects of chemistry. This stream will also prepare you for postgraduate studies and a research career in Organic Chemistry and/or Biochemistry.

In the second and third year the focus is on Chemistry and Biochemistry. Many large and small companies depend for their existence on chemists skilled in process control and in the quality control of raw materials and manufactured products.

State laboratories such as the forensic laboratories in Cape Town and Pretoria, Sasol, manufacturers of pesticides, manufacturers of cosmetic products and manufacturers of pharmaceutical products all offer career opportunities for chemists who are trained in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.

This stream leads to an honours degree programme in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Stream: Materials Technology

The development and use of functional and smart materials is a fast-growing field and offers exciting careers for young scientists. This career-oriented stream focuses on the manufacturing and application of polymeric materials.

In the second year, you take elective modules in combination with Chemistry and Textile Science, while the third-year training is devoted entirely to Chemistry, Polymer Science and Materials Technology. The in-depth scientific knowledge of Chemistry and Polymer Science are combined with the more applied aspects of Materials Technology. The following topics are studied:
– the industrial production of materials;
– manufacturing techniques of functional materials; and
– the application of materials in areas like textiles, coating, biomaterials, food packaging, composites, biomedical products and nanotechnology.

In addition, you develop your creative, analytical and problem-solving skills. With this qualification, you will be able to work in the broader materials-based industry as product developer, technical sales manager, production manager or quality control manager.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Chemistry or in Polymer Science.

Curriculum

Curriculum 3
Biology 124(16), 144(16) or 154(16)
Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)
Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)
Physics 114(16), 144(16)
Science in Context 178(12)

or
Curriculum 4
Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)
Geo-environmental Science 124(16), 154(16)
Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)
Physics 114(16), 144(16)
Science in Context 178(12)

or

Curriculum 5
Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)
Computer Science 114(16), 144(16)
Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)
Physics 114(16), 144(16)
Science in Context 178(12)
or

Curriculum 6
Applied Mathematics 144(16)
Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)
Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)
Physics 114(16), 144(16)
Probability Theory and Statistics 114(16)
Science in Context 178(12)

Admission Requirements

An average final mark of 65% in the National Senior Certificate or the school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board (excluding Life Orientation);

– For degree programmes in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences, a final mark of 70% (6) for Mathematics; OR

– For degree programmes in the Biological Sciences when you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154, a final mark of 60% (5) for Mathematics; OR if you are planning to take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144, a final mark of 70% (6) for Mathematics;

– For degree programmes in the Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences, a final mark of 50% (4) for Physical Sciences;

– For degree programmes in the Mathematical Sciences when you choose Chemistry and/or Physics, a final mark of 50% (4) for Physical Sciences;

– A final mark of 50% (4) for Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language); and

– A final mark of 50% (4) for one other designated university admission subject.

HIGCSE and Namibian NSSC

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 3

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 2

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 3

AS-level

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – D

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – B

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – C

A-level

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – E

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – D

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – E

IB HL

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 2

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 4

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 3

IB SL

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 2

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 5

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 4

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $0

You can apply quickly and easily using the e-application available on the university’s website (https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/eAansoek2/alg.jsp?Tl=1)

Paper application forms are available on campus for those without internet access.

Before you apply

Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at the Undergraduate Prospective Student website at www.maties.com, or you can contact Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za. For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Closing dates for financial assistance:
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

Closing dates for applications
International students: Apply by 14 September of the previous year.
South African students: Apply by 31 January of the year in which you wish to study

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Analytical Chemist.
– Biomedical Chemist.
– Chemical Engineering Associate.
– Industrial Research Scientist.
– Lab Chemist.
– Materials Technologist.
– Production Chemist.
– Production Officer.

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $3,258
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,062

*South African students pay R54020 per year as tuition fees.
*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries, as well as Rwanda and Namibia, pay R60000 without an international tuition fee

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Students from Africa (Non-SADC) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R23940
*Students from the rest of the World (outside of Africa) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R50700

MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (SADC) – R60000
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Africa) – R83940
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Rest of the World) – R110700

Relevant Contact

 
Prof. Peter Mallon
Executive Head
 
Wilma Wagener
Academic Coordinator