Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences

Qualification stream: Psychology and Physiology (with Genetics)
Qualification code: 98053 - PPG
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 101234
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 this qualification is: 1) To produce science graduates who have the following attributes - 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; 2) 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. 3) 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 and 4) 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

Second level

Students who have completed MGG2602 are not required to register for SOC2604.

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BMI2607 - Immunology Co-requisite:CHE1501 or CHE1502
FIS2601 - Digestion, Endocrine Control and Metabolism Pre-requisite:CHE1501 or CHE1502
FIS2602 - Respiration and Excretion Pre-requisite:CHE1501 or CHE1502
FIS2603 - Physiological Defence Mechanisms Pre-requisite:CHE1501 or CHE1502
FIS2604 - Physiology II (Practical) Pre-requisite:CHE1501 or CHE1502
Co-requisite:Any two of the following: FIS2601, FIS2602, FIS2603
GNE2601 - General Genetics A Pre-requisite:CHE1501 or CHE1502
GNE2602 - General Genetics B Co-requisite:GNE2601
PYC2601 - Personality Theories
PYC2602 - Child and Adolescent Development
SOC2604 - Sociology of Families and Social Problems

Third level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
FIS3701 - Physiology of the Nervous System
FIS3702 - Cardiovascular System
FIS3703 - Membrane and Effector Physiology
FIS3704 - Physiology (Practical) Pre-requisite:FIS2604
Co-requisite:Any two of the following: FIS3701, FIS3702, FIS3703
GNE3702 - Advanced Genetics Co-requisite:GNE2601 & GNE2602
PYC3701 - Social Psychology
PYC3702 - Abnormal Behaviour and Mental Health
PYC3703 - Cognition: Thinking, Memory and Problem Solving
PYC3704 - Psychological Research Pre-requisite:RSC2601
PYC3705 - Transformative Counselling Encounters