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BSc Majoring in Geography and Environmental Science

The University of the Free State
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
February 2021

Program description

BSc Majoring in Geography and Environmental Science

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.

Students with a degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences will not only understand the interaction between humans and the environment, but can also offer solutions for environmental problems which humans have to deal with in the physical, as well as the cultural milieu. These people typically become environmental assessment practitioners or environmental consultants.

The learning programs in Geography and the Environmental Sciences are studies of the properties and processes in the earth and on the surface, as it encompasses a holistic study of the human environment and accompanying interactions and relationships. The programs are aimed at students who are interested in various aspects of the environment and can lead to specialisation as environmentalists. Careers in these sciences are divergent, because all institutions that are involved with resource utilisation are legally obliged to examine the impact of their activities on the environment. The connection of geographical information and computer technology simplifies the storage, processing, modelling, and presentation of information and expedites decision-making.

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 opportunities

  • Environmental assessment practitioner
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental manager
  • Environmental officer
  • Spatial planner

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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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The University of the Free State

PO Box 339
9300 Bloemfontein

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