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Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences Microbiology and Zoology | UNISA

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Duration

3 year(s)

Type

Bachelor's Degree

Delivery

Distance Learning

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Requirements

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, or 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, or an appropriate Higher Certificate that satisfies the Mathematics and Physical Science requirements.

Career Prospects

  1. Microbiologist: Work in laboratories conducting research on microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Microbiologists study the characteristics, behavior, and interactions of microorganisms, and their roles in health, disease, and environmental processes. They may work in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, or food and beverage industries.
  2. Wildlife Biologist: Study animals and their behavior, ecology, and conservation in natural environments. Wildlife biologists conduct field research, collect data on animal populations and habitats, and analyze their findings to understand wildlife populations, biodiversity, and ecosystem dynamics. They may work for government agencies, conservation organizations, or research institutions.
  3. Medical Laboratory Scientist: Perform diagnostic tests and analyze samples in clinical laboratories to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases. Medical laboratory scientists conduct tests on blood, urine, and tissue samples to detect infections, identify pathogens, and monitor patient health. They may specialize in areas such as microbiology, hematology, or immunology.
  4. Environmental Microbiologist: Investigate the role of microorganisms in environmental processes, including bioremediation, nutrient cycling, and pollution control. Environmental microbiologists study microbial communities in soil, water, and air, and assess their impact on environmental health and sustainability. They may work for environmental consulting firms, government agencies, or research institutions.
  5. Zookeeper/Curator: Care for animals in zoos, wildlife parks, or aquariums, ensuring their health, welfare, and enrichment. Zookeepers feed and groom animals, monitor their behavior and health, and provide environmental enrichment to promote natural behaviors. Curators oversee animal collections, develop breeding programs, and manage exhibits and educational programs for visitors.
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