UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and
Environmental Sciences (SAEES) is one of five Schools housed within the College
of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. The bulk of the School is
located on the lush and leafy Carbis Road campus in Pietermaritzburg.
Westville campus hosts the disciplines of Geography and
GeologicalSciences, and Geography is also represented on the Howard
College campus. This diverse School employs 80 full-time academic staff –
many of whom are productive and internationally recognised researchers
and gifted teachers – and 66 support staff . There are currently 1 313
undergraduate students registered, whilst 435 postgraduate students are
engaged in Honours, Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral research.
School’s world-class teaching and research facilities include
laboratories on all three campuses, multi-million rand, cutting-edge
research equipment, as well as a research farm located within 11 kms of
the Pietermaritzburg campus. The School has a rich academic tradition in
Agricultural Education, Environmental Sciences, Geography and Geology.
Learning is delivered by a motivated team of dedicated academic staff,
who ensure that students are inspired and emerge highly employable in
their respective specialisations.
AREAS OF SPECIALISATION
The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences has a three part mission of teaching, research and community engagement. The School strives to provide a learning
environment that prepares students to acquire skills necessary for
meeting societal needs. We seek to produce wholesome graduates who are
not only technically qualified, but also have the critical and creative thinking skills to give them the competitive edge in the workplace. The School has had a significant influence on this continent for over
sixty years – from pigs, poultry, pawpaws and pecans through to farm
finance, fuel and food security.
Areas of specialisation within UKZN’s School of AEES include:
The School has two world class research centres in the African Centre for Crop Improvement and the African Centre for Food Security. The Farmer Support Group is also part of the School.
School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a
three-year degree leading to a Bachelor of Science (BSc), based on
majors and on focused programmes.
SAEES offers majors in:
- Plant Pathology
- Soil Science
SAEES offers programmes in:
- Crop and Horticultural Science
SAEES also offers a four year degree leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, in:
- Agribusiness (Animal Science Stream)
- Agribusiness (Crop Science Stream)
- Agribusiness (Horticultural Science Stream)
Agribusiness (Wildlife Management Science Stream)
Agricultural Plant Sciences (Crop Science Stream)
Agricultural Plant Sciences (Horticultural Science Stream)
Agricultural Plant Sciences (Plant Breeding Stream)
Animal and Poultry Science
SAEES offers the following additional Bachelors’ degrees:
- Bachelor of Agricultural Management
Bachelor of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition
Minimum entrance requirements:
degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural
Science/Physical Science/Life Sciences at level 4 or above;
- Admission points required: 28-48 (highest scoring students taken first)
- Closing date for applications is 30 September
- Applicants to undergraduate degree programmes must be in possession of a National Senior Certificate for Degree Studies (NSC-Deg) or a Senior Certificate with endorsement.
- Applicants to undergraduate diploma programmes must be in possession of a National Senior Certificate for Diploma studies (NSC-Dip) or Senior Certificate.
The medium of instruction at UKZN is English, and UKZN requires a pass in English (Home Language or First Additional Language (FAL)) at Level 4 (50% or above) but note that the College of Law requires a pass in English Home language at Level 5 or English as FAL on Level 6. For admission to Diplomas or Alternative Access programmes a lower performance in English may be acceptable. In the Senior Certificate a pass for English at First or Second Language HG E is required.
UKZN degree programmes require a pass in Life orientation at Level 4. Access Programmes may consider a pass at Level 3.
(NSC-Deg and Senior Certificate)
Each programme has determined a minimum composite Academic Performance Score required for admission to the programme. This is however the minimum score required for consideration and learners just meeting this minimum cannot be assured of admission. Applicants to programmes are ranked according to APS and selection is done from the top down until the number of places available in the specific programme is filled. Competition for places is high and it is unlikely that applicants not meeting the APS for a specific programme will be considered.
In addition subject requirements and minimum Levels of performance in specific subjects are set for admission to UKZN programmes. Applicants who did not include the correct subjects in their NSC-Deg or who did not obtain the required level of performance in specific subjects required for admission to a programme, will not be considered.
For more information please download the Undergraduate Prospectus below: