Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences Genetics and Zoology (or Botany, Microbiology, Physiology or Biochemistry) | UNISA

APS Required



3 year(s)


Bachelor's Degree


Distance Learning



A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) or equivalent with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning, 50% in Mathematics or Technical Mathematics and 50% in Physical Science or Technical Science, if any Physics or Chemistry modules form part of the curriculum of a selected qualification,
a Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning, and with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Mathematics, and a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in Physical Science, if any Physics or Chemistry modules form part of the curriculum of a selected qualification,
an appropriate Higher Certificate that satisfies the Mathematics and Physical Science requirements.

Career Prospects

  1. Genetic Counselor: Work in healthcare settings to help individuals and families understand genetic disorders and make informed decisions about their health. Genetic counselors assess family medical histories, provide genetic testing information, and offer support and guidance to patients and their families. They may work in hospitals, clinics, or genetic counseling centers.
  2. Research Scientist in Genetics: Conduct research in laboratories to study genes, genetic variations, and their effects on organisms and diseases. Research scientists in genetics design experiments, analyze data, and contribute to scientific publications to advance our understanding of genetic mechanisms and their applications in medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology. They may work in academic institutions, biotechnology companies, or research institutes.
  3. Wildlife Geneticist: Study genetic diversity, population genetics, and conservation genetics of wildlife species. Wildlife geneticists analyze DNA samples from wild populations to assess genetic health, population structure, and evolutionary relationships. They may work for government agencies, conservation organizations, or research institutions to inform conservation and management strategies for endangered species and biodiversity.
  4. Botanist or Plant Geneticist: Explore the genetic diversity and biology of plants, including their growth, development, and adaptation to environmental conditions. Botanists and plant geneticists study plant genetics, breeding, and biotechnology to improve crop yields, develop disease-resistant varieties, and conserve endangered plant species. They may work in agricultural research, botanical gardens, or seed companies.
  5. Microbiologist with Genetics Focus: Investigate the genetics and molecular biology of microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Microbiologists with a genetics focus study microbial genetics, evolution, and pathogenesis, and develop genetic engineering techniques for biotechnological applications, such as vaccine development or bioremediation. They may work in pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, or research institutions.
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