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Life and Consumer Sciences

Courses offered in the Department of Life and Consumer Sciences

Life Sciences Programme

Bachelor of Science (2010 curriculum - Code 02809)

Currently, modules for the degree can be combined in 12 different combinations.  It is hoped to expand these combinations to 14 with the inclusion of Biotechnology and Biomedical majors.

Life Sciences course combinations currently offered within the Department of Life and Consumer Sciences at Unisa include:

  • Biochemistry and Botany - BAB,
  • Biochemistry and Microbiology- BAM,
  • Biochemistry and Physiology - BAP,
  • Biochemistry and Zoology - BAZ,
  • Botany and Microbiology - BNM,
  • Microbiology and Physiology - MAP,
  • Microbiology and Zoology - MAZ
  • Physiology and Zoology - PAZ,
  • Botany and Zoology (with Geography) - BZG,
  • Psychology and Physiology (with Genetics) - PPG,
  • Genetics and Zoology - GZBBiochemistry (or Physiology or Microbiology) with Business Management - BBM
  • Please note: Master's and doctoral qualifications will be available in September 2013. Click here for information on master's and doctoral selection degrees.

 

Old Curriculum (no new 2010 registrations will be allowed for the following degrees as they are being phased out)

Bachelor of Science (Natural Science)

  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Botany and Chemistry Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Botany and Microbiology Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Botany and Zoology Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Chemistry and Zoology Stream)
  • Bachelor of Sciencewith specialisation in Natural Sciences (Microbiology and Physiology Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Microbiology and Zoology Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry and Botany Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry and Chemistry Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry and Microbiology Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry and Physiology Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry and Zoology Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Natural Sciences (Physiology and Zoology Stream)

At present, most of the modules are offered by lecturers within the Department of Life and Consumer Sciences at Unisa.  The relevant practical modules are offered at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus.

For information on practicals please contact: 
Mrs L Hudson (018) 299- 2524 or Mrs L Mostert (018) 299- 2519

The Bachelor of Consumer Science Programme

Currently, modules for the degree can be combined in 7 different combinations.  

What is Consumer Science?

Consumer Science at Unisa is a discipline that draws from fields such as foods, nutrition and health, clothing, textiles and fashion, hospitality, journalism, retail, marketing and consumer behaviour in the context of the individual as consumer and how this influences their choice for healthful living, product development and purchase behaviour. 

Why should I study Consumer Science?

The Bachelor of Consumer Science programme at Unisa is especially designed to give you the necessary skills and knowledge to enter into various work related directions, depending on the combination of majors you have elected.  Our programme offers you the opportunity to enter into industry, retail, private consultation services, advisory services, product development, hospitality services, business and entrepreneurial engagements.  Furthermore, the programme will provide you with the requirements that these occupations are specifically looking for in South Africa and internationally. 

What are the objectives of Consumer Science?

The Consumer Science division strives to:

  • achieve excellence in teaching, research and community engagement by building relationships with various companies, institutions and interested parties;
  • develop and adapt the Consumer Science programme to be relevant in current economic, social and cultural contexts;
  • integrate research and teaching into the Consumer Science programme thereby giving the student factual, significant and most recent information with which to build their knowledge base and skills;
  • engage in basic, innovative and applied research of inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary nature to address consumer related problems and needs;
  • give students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will allow them to become part of the economic force in South Africa. 

What are the admission requirements?

Matriculation exemption / National Senior Certificate with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement

What is the duration of the Bachelor of Consumer Science programme?

Minimum of 3 years

What does the Bachelor of Consumer Science programme consist of?

Depending on the majors chosen, the modules for the degree can be combined in eighth different ways, each with a fixed curriculum.  You can view each of these combinations under courses

Consumer Science course combinations currently offered within the Department of Life and Consumer Sciences at Unisa include:

Notice: Module codes for the Consumer Science modules have changed from 2011.  Click here to view the changes.