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Undergraduate Study Overview

UCT Department of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Courses.

There are three biology majors as outlined below. Other departmental codes are: CEM - Chemistry; MAM - Mathematics & Applied Mathematics; STA - Statistical Sciences; SEA - Oceanography.

Major in Biology [BIO12]

Students who major in Biology and wish to progress to Biological Sciences or Marine Biology Honours must complete STA2007

First Year Core Courses

  • BIO1000F Cell Biology
  • BIO1004F/S Biological Diversity
  • CEM1000W Chemistry 1000
  • Either
    MAM1004F Mathematics 1004
    or
    MAM1000W Mathematics 1000
  • STA1007S Introductory Statistics for Scientists

 Second Year Core Courses

  • BIO2014F Principles of Ecology & Evolution
  • Two of:
    BIO2015F Vertebrate Diversity & Functional Biology
    BIO2016S Invertebrate Diversity & Functional Biology
    BIO2017S Plant Diversity & Functional Biology
  • Recommended: STA2007F/H/S Study Design & Data Analysis for Scientists

 Third Year Core Courses

  • Two of:
    BIO3013F Global Change Ecology
    BIO3014S Conservation: Genes, Populations & Biodiversity
    BIO3018F Ecology & Evolution
    BIO3019S Quantitative Biology

Major in Marine Biology [BIO05]

Students who major in Marine Biology and wish to progress to Biology or Marine Biology Honours must complete STA2007S

First Year Core Courses

  • BIO1000F Cell Biology
  • BIO1004F/S Biological Diversity
  • CEM1000W Chemistry 1000
  • Either
    MAM1004F Mathematics 1004
    or
    MAM1000W Mathematics 1000
  • STA1007S Introductory Statistics for Scientists

Second Year Core Courses

  • BIO2014F Principles of Ecology & Evolution
  • SEA2004F Principles of Oceanography
  • One of
    BIO2015F Vertebrate Diversity & Functional Biology
    BIO2016S Invertebrate Diversity & Functional Biology
    BIO2017S Plant Diversity & Functional Biology
  • Recommended: STA2007F/H/S Study Design & Data Analysis for Scientists

 Third Year Core Courses

  • BIO3002F Marine Ecosystems
  • BIO3017S Marine Resources

Major in Quantitative Biology [BIO13]

First Year Core Courses

  • BIO1000F Cell Biology
  • BIO1004F/S Biological Diversity
  • STA100xF/S Any 1000-level Science STA course
  • Either
    MAM1004F Mathematics 1004 and MAM1008S Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
    or
    MAM1000W Mathematics 1000

 Second Year Core Courses

  • BIO2014FPrinciples of Ecology & Evolution
  • One of:
    BIO2015FVertebrate Diversity & Functional Biology
    BIO2016S Invertebrate Diversity & Functional Biology
    BIO2017SPlant Diversity & Functional Biology
  • Either
    *MAM2046W Applied Mathematics 2046
    or
    *STA20xxF/S/H Any 2000-level Science STA course

 Third Year Core Courses

  • BIO3019S Quantitative Biology
  • Either
    *MAM3040W Applied Mathematics 3040
    or
    *STA30xxF/S Any 3000-level Science STA course


* Note: Registration for these courses is conditional on pre-requisites having been met, and this should be checked