Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science

Qualification stream: Chemistry and Statistics
Qualification code: 98801 - CAS
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 6059
APS/AS: 20
Some of the pre-requisites and/ or co-requisites outlined in this qualification may not apply as they do not form part of the curriculum.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the qualification is, in one or more sub-fields within the physical, mathematical, computer, life, earth, and environmental sciences: To produce science graduates who have: a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and an understanding of underlying concepts and principles; the ability to access and evaluate scientific information including knowing how scientific knowledge is created; a high level of cognitive and other generic skills including problem-solving, written and spoken communication and computer literacy; and competence in applying knowledge through basic research methods and practice. To provide every graduate with a sufficient depth of knowledge and skills that give opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth, including postgraduate study, for gainful economic activity in a range of careers, and for rewarding and constructive contributions to society. To provide society with science graduates who demonstrate initiative and responsibility, who are professional and ethical in their roles within the economy and society, and who are able to be intellectual leaders within their society. To produce graduates in all scientific fields, in order to increase, widen and transform the leadership base in South Africa, both for innovation and science-based economic and research development, and for the education of future generations of scientists, technologists, engineers and other professional people.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

While you are deciding on the modules for which you will be registering, write down the module names and codes so that you have something to refer to when completing your registration.

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CHE1501 - General Chemistry IA
CHE1502 - General Chemistry IB Co-requisite:CHE1501
CHE1503 - General Chemistry I (Practical) Co-requisite:CHE1501 & CHE1502
MAT1503 - Linear Algebra I
MAT1512 - Calculus A
MAT1613 - Calculus B Co-requisite:MAT1512
STA1501 - Descriptive Statistics and Probability
STA1502 - Statistical Inference I Co-requisite:STA1501
STA1503 - Distribution Theory I Co-requisite:STA1501 and (MAT1512 or DSC1520 or DSC1620)

Second level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CHE2611 - Inorganic Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503
CHE2612 - Physical Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503, MAT1512
CHE2613 - Organic Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503
CHE2614 - Analytical Chemistry II (Theory) Pre-requisite:CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503
CHE2621 - Inorganic Chemistry II (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503
CHE2622 - Physical Chemistry II (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503
CHE2623 - Organic Chemistry II (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503
CHE2624 - Analytical Chemistry II (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501, CHE1502, CHE1503
MAT2611 - Linear Algebra 2 Pre-requisite:MAT1503
MAT2615 - Calculus in Higher Dimensions Pre-requisite:MAT1512 or MAT1503
Recommendation:Students should have both MAT1512 and MAT1503 and also be registered for MAT1613 concurrently with MAT2615.
PLS2607 - Philosophy of Science
STA2601 - Applied Statistics II Pre-requisite:STA1501 & STA1502
STA2602 - Statistical Inference II Pre-requisite:STA1501 & STA1502
Co-requisite:STA1503 or STA2610
STA2603 - Distribution Theory II Pre-requisite:(STA1503 & MAT1512) or DSC1520 or DSC1620
STA2604 - Forecasting II Pre-requisite:STA1501& STA1502

Third level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CHE3701 - Inorganic Chemistry III Pre-requisite:CHE2611 & CHE2621
CHE3702 - Physical Chemistry III Pre-requisite:CHE2612, CHE2622 & MAT1512
CHE3703 - Organic Chemistry III Pre-requisite:CHE2613 & CHE2623
CHE3704 - Analytical Chemistry III Pre-requisite:CHE2614 & CHE2624
CHE3721 - Inorganic Chemistry III (Practical) Co-requisite:CHE3701
CHE3722 - Physical Chemistry III (Practical) Co-requisite:CHE3702
CHE3723 - Organic Chemistry III (Practical) Co-requisite:CHE3703
CHE3724 - Analytical Chemistry III (Practical) Co-requisite:CHE3704
STA3701 - Applied Statistics III Pre-requisite:STA2601
Co-requisite:STA3703 and (MAT2611 or STA3710)
STA3702 - Statistical Inference III Pre-requisite:STA2603 or STA2610
STA3703 - Distribution Theory III Pre-requisite:STA2603 & MAT2615) or (STA2603 & STA2610)
STA3704 - Time Series III Pre-requisite:STA1501 & STA1502
STA3710 - Mathematical Techniques in Statistics Pre-requisite:MAT1512 or DSC1520 or DSC1620