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Programme: BScHons Soil Science Environmental Soil Science

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Minimum duration of study: 1 year
Total credits: 135

Programme information

Renewal of registration

  1. Subject to exceptions approved by the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of department, and in the case of distance education where the Dean formulates the stipulations that will apply, a student may not sit for an examination for the honours degree more than twice in the same module.
  2. A student for an honours degree must complete his or her study, in the case of full-time students, within two years and, in the case of after-hours students, within three years of first registering for the degree and, in the case of distance education students, within the period stipulated by the Dean. Under special circumstances, the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of department, may give approval for a limited extension of this period.

In calculating marks, General Regulation G.12.2 applies.

Apart from the prescribed coursework, a research project is an integral part of the study.

Admission requirements

In addition to the requirements of the General Regulations an appropriate bachelor's degree is a prerequisite. Soil science at an undergraduate level is required, namely: Introductory soil science, Pedology and Soil chemistry. It is at the discretion of the head of department to prescribe any other modules deemed necessary, or to exempt a prospective student from specific requirements.

Pass with distinction

The BScHons degree is awarded with distinction to a candidate who obtains a weighted average of at least 75% in all the prescribed modules and a minimum of 65% in any one module.

Minimum credits: 135

Minimum credits:  135

Other programme-specific information:

The honours degree is awarded on the basis of formal modules passed. Students registered for the BScHons in Soil Science [Option: Environmental Soil Science] will register for all the soil science modules prescribed at honours level, as well as any other modules deemed necessary by the head of department.

Core modules

AGR 785 Crop production systems (I): Field crops 785 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Integrated agronomic, climatic, soil, botanical, economic and managerial considerations in crop production systems aimed at maximum economic yield and sustainability. Case studies of specific field crops.

GDK 771 Advanced environmental soil chemistry 771 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Advanced theoretical and experimental soil chemistry, including the organic fraction.

GDK 772 Advanced environmental soil physics 772 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Advanced theoretical  soil physics with the emphasis on mathematical modelling of fluxes of water, heat and solutes.

GDK 773 Plant nutrition, soil biology and soil fertility 773 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Study of the latest trends and developments in plant nutrition, soil biology and soil fertility.

GDK 775 Research project in environmental soil science 775 Credits: 30.00

Module content:

Research project on a practical aspect of Environmental Soil Science.Literature review, formulation of a problem statement, hypotheses and aims of the research, as well as the design and execution of a laboratory or field scale trial. Project to be written up in a specific scientific format suitable for publication with an oral and visual presentation on the research.

LKM 750 Environmental biophysics 750 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Environmental variables. Quantitative description and measurements of atmospheric environmental variables and water in organisms. Mass and energy fluxes. Quantitative description of energy fluxes in organisms' environments. Energy balances of animals and plant communities will be derived.

PGW 702 Scientific communication 702 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Principles of the scientific process. Literature accessing and article assessment. Manuscript preparation and presentation of seminars. Use of visual aids.

PGW 704 Research methodology 704 Credits: 15.00

Module content:

Basic experimental designs. Measurements and control over experimental error. Factorial experiments and interactions. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and data interpretation.