Wits University Faculty of Science Courses

Wits University Faculty of Science Courses

Wits University Faculty of Science Courses – Programmes

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Undergraduate Programmes

Earth Sciences Courses

Earth Sciences study the earth’s processes, atmosphere, and organisms.

Specialist fields include the exploration for, and mining of, minerals; weather and earthquake prediction; the evolution of species; and the state of our natural environment and how to best manage it.

Earth Sciences courses are taught through the Schools of Geosciences and Geography, Archaeology, and Environmental Studies.

BSc Majors

  • BSc Geographical and Archaeological Studies
  • BSc Geological Sciences

Biological and Life Sciences Courses

Biology involves the study of living organisms, from understanding genes to managing ecosystems. This includes the biochemistry of molecules, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins; the physiological functions of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; the influence of evolutionary relationships on biological problems; and aquatic and terrestrial ecology.

Biological Sciences fall into two main streams: the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Molecular and Cell Biology.

School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

Courses offered by the School cover three broad themes: Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation, and Organismal Biology.

You will study living things and their interaction with the environment. Specialist areas include savannas, grasslands, and aquatic biology, focusing on biodiversity, sustainable resources, and range limitation; ecology and animal behaviour (herbivores, beetles, rodents, lizards, snakes, birds, etc.); biocontrol; biodiversity; conservation; restoration; ecophysiology; systematics; taxonomy; and evolutionary biology. The courses teach important basic knowledge, while exploring new and relevant fields. Training involves both field work and laboratory skills. The majors combine courses to offer you flexibility and choice.

School of Molecular and Cell Biology

The School offers four majors: Applied Bioinformatics, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Genetics and Developmental Biology, and Microbiology and Biotechnology.

This programme gives you a comprehensive introduction to molecular advances and their application in medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology. Considered the science of the future, molecular understanding has made a substantial impact in a number of disciplines, including bioinformatics, forensics, and drug design.

Regardless of the stream you choose, you must register for Introductory Life Sciences, Chemistry, and Auxiliary Mathematics in your first year. Other course options include Complementary Life Sciences, Physics Auxiliary, Psychology, Geography, Archaeology, and Philosophy.

BSc Majors

  • BSc Biodiversity
  • BSc Ecology and Conservation
  • BSc Organismal Biology
  • BSc Applied Bioinformatics
  • BSc Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • BSc Genetics and Developmental Biology
  • BSc Microbiology and Biological Sciences

Physical Sciences Courses

Physical Sciences include nuclear, particle, solid and liquid state physics, as well as electricity, electronics, magnetism, optics, acoustics, heat, and thermodynamics. This area also covers the composition of matter (gas, liquid or solid) and the changes that take place under certain conditions.

Physical Sciences are taught by the Schools of Chemistry and Physics.

BSc Majors

  • BSc Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • BSc Chemistry
  • BSc Chemistry with Chemical Engineering
  • BSc Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • BSc Physics

Mathematical Sciences Courses

Wits has three ‘Mathematical Sciences’ schools, including the School of Mathematics, the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, and the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science.

Know the difference
  • Pure Mathematics is a developing science.
  • Computer Science covers hardware and software, in all their applications.
  • Applied Mathematics has applications in banking, finance, and industry.
  • Statistics and Actuarial Science are important in business and governmental planning, insurance, finance, banking, and investments.
BSc Majors

  • BSc Actuarial Science
  • BSc Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Mathematical Sciences
  • BSc Mathematics of Finance
  • BSc Mathematics

Postgraduate Programmes

Biological and Life Sciences Courses

Biology covers all aspects of the study of living organisms, ranging from understanding the gene to managing ecosystems. This includes the molecular basis of life, including the biochemistry of molecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins; the physiological functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems; the infuence of evolutionary relationships on a wide range of biological problems; and aquatic and terrestrial ecology.

Taught Masters degrees in Biological and Life Sciences

MSc by Coursework and Research Report

  • MSc Environmental Sciences
  • MSc Interdisciplinary Global Change Studies
  • MSc Resource Conservation Biology
Research Masters degrees in Biological and Life Sciences

MSc by Dissertation

  • MSc Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • MSc Molecular and Cell Biology
PhD degrees in Biological and Life Sciences

  • PhD Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • PhD Molecular and Cell Biology

Earth Sciences Courses

The Earth Sciences study the processes that shape the earth, atmosphere and the organisms that have evolved on earth. Fields of specialisation include the exploration for and the mining of minerals, the prediction of weather and earthquakes, the evolution of species through time, the state of our natural environment and how we can best manage the system.

Taught Masters degrees in Earth Sciences

MSc by Coursework and Research Report

  • MSc Archaeological Heritage Management
  • MSc Economic Geology
  • MSc Geographical Information Systems
  • MSc Hydrogeology

Research Masters degrees in Earth Sciences

MSc by Dissertation

  • MSc Geosciences
  • MSc Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies

PhD degrees in Earth Sciences

  • PhD Geosciences
  • PhD Geography, Archaeology and Envirornmental Studies

Mathematical Sciences Courses

Wits has three large schools in the area of study known as the ‘Mathematical Sciences’ and these are the School of Mathematics, the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, and the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science. Pure Mathematics is a developing science. Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science are important in business and governmental planning, insurance, finance, banking and investments. Applied Mathematics has applications in banking, finance and industry. Computer Science offers the understanding of computer hardware and software, in all their applications.

Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management
Taught Masters degrees in Mathematical Sciences

MSc by Coursework and Research Report

  • MSc Data Science
  • MSc Artificial Intelligence
  • MSc Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc e-science
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Mathematical Sciences
  • MSc Mathematical Statistics
  • MSc Robotics
Research Masters degrees in Mathematical Sciences

MSc by Dissertation

  • MSc Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Statistics or Actuarial Science
PhD degrees in Mathematical Sciences

  • PhD Mathematics
  • PhD Computer Science and Applied Maths
  • PhD Mathematical Statistics

Physical Sciences Courses

From nuclear, particle, solid and liquid state physics, electricity, electronics, magnetism, optics, acoustics, heat and thermodynamics to the composition of matter (gas, liquid or solid) and of the changes that take place in it under certain conditions.

Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Sciences

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Radiation Protection
Taught Masters degrees in Physical Sciences

MSc by Coursework and Research Report

  • MSc Astrophysics
  • MSc Medical Physics
  • MSc Radiation Protection
Research Masters degrees in Physical Sciences

MSc by Dissertation

  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Physics
PhD degrees in Physical Sciences

  • PhD Chemistry
  • PhD Physics

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