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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

This BSc degree programme lays the foundation for a career as a molecular cell biologist and biotechnologist in the private or public sector, or in the academic environment.

Microbiologists, biochemists, geneticists and biotechnologists are like detectives, who unravel the exact functioning of microscopic cells, such as human cells, yeasts, bacteria, fungi and viruses and the applications on human, plant or animal level.

They then apply this knowledge to develop disease-free plants, new medicines or tests for diseases, or to determine which enzymes or bacteria can be useful in industry such as the mining sector, or in the development of biofuel. Their knowledge is also applied in wastewater management and the water treatment sector.

The programme gives you the background knowledge to understand the functioning of any living organism at the molecular level. Together with this theoretical training, you do a lot of laboratory work, developing your experimental and specific scientific skills.

Depending on your undergraduate subject combination, this stream leads to an honours programme in Biochemistry, Genetics, Plant Biotechnology or Microbiology.

Curriculum

First Year

Biology 124(16), 144(16), 154(16)

Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)

Mathematics (Bio) 124(16)

Physics (Bio) 134(16), 154(16)

Science in Context 178(12)

Second Year

Biochemistry 214(16), 244(16)

Biometry 212(8), 242(8)

Genetics 214(16), 244(16), 245(16)

Genetics 245 is recommended for admission to the honours programme in Plant Biotechnology.

Microbiology 214(16), 244(16)

Third Year

Major subject 1

Biochemistry 315(16), 324(16), 345(16), 365(16)

Major subject 2, option 1

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

Major subject 2, option 2

Genetics 314(16), 315(16), 344(16), 345(16)

Major subject 3

Microbiology 314(16), 324(16), 354(16), 364(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.

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

Some career opportunities for this programme include:
– Academic Research – laboratory technicians, research assistant/associate,
– Business and Law – consulting, business finance, administration, management, marketing, science journalism, science writing, patent law
– Government and Education – public policy, Teach for America, National Institute of Health, tutoring, high school education
– Graduate School – MA, MS, and PhDs in the bioscience fields, bioengineering
– Professional Programs – medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, public health
– Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries – pharmaceutical sales, scientific equipment sales, research associates
– Public Service – AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Health Corps, etc.
– Technology – project management, software development, IT associates

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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. Ann Louw
Department Head Biochemistry
 
Prof. Alf Botha
Departmental Head Microbiology