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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

Applied scientific professions, such as those in environmental consultancy, the mining sector and engineering firms, increasingly use geographic information technology to record digitally, manipulate, analyse, model and map spatial information.

The BSc in GeoInformatics programme is concerned with the theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of geo-informatics. The second and third year focus on the subject Geographical Information Technology and Computer Science or Socio-Informatics and are supplemented with applicable elective modules.

In this way you are equipped with knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of geo-informatics in terms of spatial information, computer skills, geographic information technology and mapping skills that will enable you to develop and apply geographic information systems (GIS), earth observation (remote sensing) and global positioning systems (GPS) effectively.

Curriculum

First Year

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

Science in Context 178(12)

Computer Science 114(16), 144(16)

Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)

Physics 114(16), 144(16)

Second Year

Geographical Information Technology 211(16), 214(16), 241(16), 242(16)

Scientific Computing 272(5)

Socio-Informatics 262(8)

Statistical Methods 176(18)

Third Year

Geographical Information Technology 311(16), 312(16), 341(16), 342(16)

Scientific Computing 372(5)

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 African 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

As a GIS specialist and information expert you can pursue a career in the following fields or with one of the following institutions: environmental consultancies; planning and engineering firms; software development firms; computer consultancies; all levels of government involved in resource and infrastructure management; agencies involved in the development of natural resources; or in programmes for human development; mining and mineral exploration; marketing; utility companies; and service providers. You will also be able to work for tertiary institutions as a lecturer and/or researcher.

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $3,258
Tuition Fees for African 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
 
Mrs Wilma Wagener
Academic Coordinator