Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science

Qualification stream: Statistics and Physics Stream
Qualification code: 98801 - STP
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 35954
APS/AS: 25
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 may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. 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 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

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.

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Curriculum for this qualification

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

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
MAT1503 - Linear Algebra
MAT1512 - Calculus A
PHY1503 - Physics Practical Work I Co-requisite:PHY1505 (or XHY1505) & PHY1506 (or XHY1506)
PHY1505 - Mechanics (Physics)
PHY1506 - Electromagnetism and Heat (Fisika)
STA1501 - Descriptive Statistics and Probability
STA1502 - Statistical Inference I Co-requisite:STA1501
STA1503 - Distribution Theory I Pre-requisite:STA1501
Co-requisite:STA1502 & (MAT1512 or DSC1620 or DSC1520)

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
APM2611 - Differential Equations Pre-requisite:MAT1512 (or XAT1512) & MAT1613
MAT1613 - Calculus B Co-requisite:MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
MAT2611 - Linear Algebra Pre-requisite:MAT1503 (or XAT1503)
MAT2615 - Calculus in Higher Dimensions Pre-requisite:MAT1512 (or XAT1512) or MAT1503 (or XAT1503)
PHY1604 - Modern Physics Co-requisite:PHY1505
PHY2601 - Classical Mechanics Pre-requisite:PHY1505 (or XHY1505), MAT1503 (or XAT1503) & MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
PHY2602 - Electricity and Magnetism (Physics) Pre-requisite:PHY1506 (or XHY1506), MAT1503 (or XAT1503) & MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
PHY2606 - Waves (Physics) Pre-requisite:PHY1503 (or XHY1503), PHY1505 (or XHY1505), PHY1506 (or XHY1506), MAT1503 (or XAT1503)& MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
STA2601 - Applied Statistics II Pre-requisite:STA1501 (or XTA1501) & STA1502 (or XTA1502)
STA2602 - Statistical Inference II Pre-requisite:STA1501 (or XTA1501) & STA1502 (or XTA1502)
Co-requisite:STA1503 (or XTA1503) or STA2610
STA2603 - Distribution Theory II Pre-requisite:STA1502 or XTA1502 & (DSC1520 or DSC1620) or (STA1503 (or XTA1503) & MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
Co-requisite:STA2610 (only for BCom students)
STA2604 - Forecasting II Pre-requisite:STA1501 (or XTA1501) & STA1502 (or XTA1502)

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
PHY3702 - Quantum Physics Pre-requisite:APM2611, MAT2611, PHY1604 (or XHY1604), PHY2601 & PHY2602
PHY3703 - Statistical and Thermal Physics Pre-requisite:PHY2606
Co-requisite:PHY3702
PHY3707 - Solid State Physics Pre-requisite:PHY2606
Co-requisite:PHY3702
PHY3708 - Atomic and Nuclear Physics Pre-requisite:PHY2606
Co-requisite:PHY3702
PHY3709 - Computational Modeling Co-requisite:APM2611
STA3701 - Applied Statistics III Pre-requisite:STA2601
Co-requisite:STA3703 & (MAT2611 or STA3710)
STA3702 - Statistical Inference III Pre-requisite:STA2603 or (STA2602 & STA2610)
STA3703 - Distribution Theory III Pre-requisite:(STA2603 & MAT2615) or (STA2603 & STA2610)
Co-requisite:STA3710 ( only for BCom students)
STA3704 - Time Series III Pre-requisite:STA2604
STA3710 - Mathematical Techniques in Statistics Pre-requisite:STA2603 or STA2610