Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences
At the School of Biological Sciences, our vision is to provide relevant value driven training and research of international standard, focussed on proven expertness within the environmental sciences. We also offer a unique BSc degree in Tourism where subject specific disciplines of Botany, Zoology and Geography are combined with Tourism. The structuring of the School consists of basic biological subject groups such as Zoology, Microbiology and Botany. The academics in these three subject groups are highly skilled, all possess PhDs and 60% are National Research Foundation rated scientists. Our four different honours programmes provide students with a unique suite of disciplines to form the basis for comprehensive multidisciplinary training and research to equip students in becoming well-rounded environmental scientists.
Research projects are done in ecological remediation and sustainable development, biodiversity and conservation ecology, water sciences and integrated pest management. All four curricula have an underpinning in environmental management, making our graduates sought after in the job market. All postgraduate research is carried out in the Research Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management.
Environmental scientists are active as fundamental biologists and academics, researchers, nature conservationists, grassland managers, environmental managers, environmental consultants, impact assessors and the tourism industry.
The subject group Microbiology will host a public lecture for antibiotic stewardship as part of World Antibiotic Awareness week 2018 in conjunction with the Water Research Commission of South Africa. The theme for the lecture will be "Strengthening antibiotic stewarship: A quest to protect our resources, environment and our Health". For more information, follow this link.
Twenty-four representatives of the Microbiology subject group recently attended the conference of the South African Society of Microbiology (SASM) held in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg from 4-7 April... (Read further)
Thirty academics, postdocs and postgraduate students from the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management participated in the 55th Annual Conference of Southern African Society for Aquatic Scientists (SASAqS) conference that was held at Cape St Francis from 24-27 June 2018..... (Read further)
Prof Klaus Kelner of Botany was invited by BiodivScen (Belmont Forum/BiodivERsA) to act as a member of the Panel of Experts of its 2017-2018 joint call on “Biodiversity Scenarios and Ecosystem Services”..... (Read further)
South Africa and Germany have had a long standing bilateral partnership in science and technology aimed at promoting and supporting joint research projects in different themes that have been identified as strategic between the two countries... (Read further)