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The Department of Zoology and Entomology offers modules towards three Bachelor of Science programmes (Ecology, Entomology and Zoology) and two majors (Entomology and Zoology). The first and second year of each programme is similar, with students taking a broad range of modules to build a strong backgroud in the natural sciences. In the third year, students begin to specialise in their respective fields.

NOTE: While modules comprising programmes and majors are prescribed in the yearbook, some modules may be substituted for academic reasons following personalised advice from academic staff within the Department and the approval of the Head of Department where the university timetable permits.

BSc in Ecology

This programme is for students who want to understand how animals and plants interact with each other and the natural and human environment. In addition to modules on animals, students take a number of modules on plant diversity and ecology in the third year.

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BSc in Entomology

This programme is for students with a fascination for insects, wanting to control insect pests of agriculture, forestry, and households, wishing to reduce transmission of vector-borne diseases, or want to become forensic entomologists, quarantine officials, or environmental consultants and managers. There is a focus on insect diversity and management, in addition to ecology, evolution, and physiology.

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BSc with a major in Entomology

A major in Entomology comprises 72 credits at third year level. The modules counting towards an Entomology major must include ZEN 355 Insect diversity and ZEN 365 Applied entomology. The other two modules vary depending on whether a second major is taken in Biochemistry, Genetics or Plant Science, which are the only second majors currently accommodated by the University timetable.

BSc in Zoology

This programme is ideal for students with a passion for the biology, diversity, and conservation of wild animals. Students cover topics including physiology, behaviour, diversity and evolution, population and community ecology, and animal conservation in the face of human disturbance and exploitation.

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BSc with a major in Zoology

A major in Zoology comprises 72 credits in ZEN modules at third year level. The modules counting towards a Zoology major vary depending on whether a second major is taken in Biochemistry, Genetics or Plant Science, which are the only second majors currently accommodated by the University timetable.


Modules

Module code and name Credits Coordinator

First-year

   
ZEN 161 Animal diversity 8 Dr Carel Oosthuizen

Second-year

   
ZEN 251 Invertebrate biology 12 Prof. Kerstin Krüger
ZEN 261 African vertebrates 12 Prof. Chris Chimimba

Third-year

   
ZEN 351 Population ecology 18 Prof. P. J. Nico de Bruyn
ZEN 352 Mammalogy 18 Prof. Chris Chimimba
ZEN 353 Community ecology 18 Prof. Mark Robertson
ZEN 354 Evolutionary physiology 18 Prof. Andrew McKechnie
ZEN 355 Insect diversity 18 Prof. Catherine Sole
ZEN 361 Physiological processes 18 Dr Chris Weldon
ZEN 362 Evolution and phylogeny 18 Prof. Armanda Bastos
ZEN 363 Behavioural ecology 18 Prof. Christian Pirk
ZEN 364 Conservation ecology 18 Prof. Adrian Shrader
ZEN 365 Applied entomology 18 Dr Heike Lutermann

 

- Author C. Weldon
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