BSc Majoring in Botany and Zoology

The University of the Free State
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

About this program

BSc Majoring in Botany and Zoology

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences Our expertise in the Natural Sciences includes Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Sciences, Geography, Geology, Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Informatics, and Consumer Science.

Admission requirements

  • The UFS reserves the right to change the minimum requirements of each program or any other information without notifying you.
  • There are specific admission requirements that you should meet if you want to study at any South African university. If you finished school in or after 2008 and have a National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need a performance level of at least 4 (50%) in four (4) of the seven (7) subjects included in your NSC subject package.
  • Admission to study at the UFS is furthermore dependent on the following:
    • Your application should meet all the minimum requirements for the program
    • The program must have available space and capacity to admit students
    • You have to submit valid school results with your application
  • All admission requirements apply to first-year students in 2021.
  • A minimum admission point (AP) of 32 is required, unless stated otherwise.
  • Language of instruction on level 4 (50%).
  • A minimum performance level of 5 (60%) in Mathematics. Depending on the program you are interested in, a higher performance level in Mathematics will be required.
  • Both Life Sciences and Physical Science will be required for admission to most BSc programs; however, there are programs where you require either Life Sciences or Physical Science. Consult the Faculty Rulebook for more information.
  • Participation in the NBT tests for Language and Mathematics is required.
  • The admission requirements are a broad indication for entrance into the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Make sure you know the admission requirements of the program you are interested in.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Career paths

  • Genetics: Technicians in agricultural, forestry, seed, pest control, and medical research institutes, as well as forensic institutions (e.g. police services).
  • Plant Sciences: Careers in the educational, agricultural, environmental, and biotechnological sectors as botanist, plant breeder, plant pathologist, researcher, teacher, environmental consultant, conservationist, laboratory or research assistant, and entrepreneur.
  • Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology: Analysts, technicians, researchers, academics, and entrepreneurs in research and development for the production and analysis of vaccines and drugs, as well as diagnostic tests for use in human, animal, and plant health, whether in industry, academia, or research institutes. Laboratory and production assistants and managers working in product development, production, quality and pollution control in the food, medical, and chemical sectors (e.g. breweries, meat, dairy, and grain industries, vaccine, drug, chemicals and paper manufacturing, as well as water purification).
  • Zoology and Entomology: Laboratory or research assistant, academic, researcher, environmental consultant, conservationist in environmental or agricultural sectors; education and medical institutes or as an entrepreneur.

About this institute

The University of the Free State

The University of the Free State is situated in Bloemfontein – the centre of South Africa.  Bloemfontein serves as the capital of the Free State Province as well as the. Judicial Capital of South Africa.  This beautiful city is also...

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