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Tuition Fees:$3,258 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:Stellenbosch
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The BSc in Earth Science offers two streams of which you choose one:
– Applied Earth Science
– Geo-environmental Science

The choice of streams offers you more diverse career opportunities. Therefore, the first year of both streams are identical, but from the second year some of the modules differ.

Stream: Applied Earth Science
South Africa, a mineral-rich country with a fascinating geological history, is the ideal work environment for any geologist. Our practical and theoretical training in, for instance, mineralogy, petrology and geo-environmental science ensures that our students are sought after in the industry.

The second and third year focuses on the subject Geology and is supplemented with applicable elective modules.

With the broad basis of earth science knowledge and skills imparted by these focal options, graduates will be in the front line for a challenging national or international career in mining, exploration, applied mineralogy and environmental science.

Possible employers are the Council for Geoscience; Mintek; the CSIR; the wide-ranging South African mining, mineral processing and exploration industries; and a variety of local and international geological and environmental science consultancies.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Earth Science, which is the minimum requirement for registration as a professional geologist.

Stream: Geoenvironmental Science
This stream is for students who wish to pursue environmental sciences from a natural science perspective, particularly in water sciences such as hydrogeology, as well as those who want to work as environmental consultants in the area of hazardous waste site assessment.

This stream leads to an honours programme in earth Science, which is the minimum requirement for registration as a professional geologist.

Curriculum

First Year

Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)

Earth Science Field Skills 172(8)

Geo-environmental Science 124(16), 154(16)

Science in Context 178(12)

Second Year

Computer Skills 272(5)

Earth Science Field Skills 272(16)

Environmental Geochemistry 214(16)

Geographical Information Technology 214(16), 241(16)

Geology 224(16), 244(16), 254(16)

Third Year

Computer Skills 372(5)

Earth Science Field Skills 374(16)

Geographical Information Technology 312(16)

Geology 314(16), 324(16), 344(16), 354(16)

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.
**Unlike South African citizens, who are charged an application fee of R100, international students are exempt from paying application fees

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:
– Geoscientists. Geoscientists conduct field studies and examine other physical aspects of Earth.
– Atmospheric, Earth, Marine and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary.
– Hydrologists.
– Geographers.
– Surveying and Mapping Technicians.
– Atmospheric Scientists.
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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $3,258
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,062

*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. Alex Kisters
Departmental Head
 
Wilma Wagener
Academic Coordinator