Rhodes University Courses Science
Rhodes University Courses Science
In the Faculty of Science, Rhodes University provides a range of science courses. Moreover, the Faculty of Science provides doctoral degrees, postgraduate diplomas, and certificate programs, as well as honors programs in several of these subjects.
At Rhodes University, students who are interested in science can select from a variety of courses and programs to meet their interests and professional aspirations.
The Rhodes University Courses Science Faculty offers four degrees: Rhodes university Bsc requirements
 The BSc (Bachelor of Science) is the usual “first” degree in the Faculty, requiring a minimum of three years of study after school. A wide range of subjects – most of which are “scientific” in nature – can be studied in order to qualify for this degree.
 The BSc (lnfSys) (Bachelor of Science (Information Systems)) is a 3year degree intended for students who wish to become computer specialists in a commercial environment. It has a more rigid curriculum than the ordinary BSc degree.
 The BSc(SofDev) (Bachelor of Science (Software Development)) is a 4year degree intended for students who wish to become computer specialists in a software systems environment.
 The BSc(F) – (Extended Studies Programme). This program is taken by students who have the ability to undertake tertiary education but whose schooling or other experiences have left them not adequately prepared for university. These students spend two years as BScF students after which they join the BSc students and graduate with a BSc.
All of these degrees share a similar basic structure. In the typical BSc, a student will do eightsemester courses in First Year, six in Second Year, and four in Third Year. The four semesters in Third Year will belong to two subjects (= major subjects; e.g. Zoology 301 & 302 or Biochemistry 301 & 302). The same subjects will be taken in Second Year (Zoology 201 & 202; Biochemistry 201 & 202) with two additional semester courses.
The subjects taken in the First Year are those required to allow access to the chosen Second Year subjects and will include both those needed for the majors (e.g. First Year Zoology) and also any corequisite subjects such as Chemistry for Zoology 2 or Maths 1 for Physics 2. Full details on corequisite subjects can be found on the website.
Most subjects are taught through a full year with two semesters of work (Chemistry 101 and Chemistry 102 = First Year Chemistry). A few are offered as standalone single semesters (Physics 1E2, Maths 101, introduction to ICT C5C1L, and of these only CSC1L is taught in both semesters. Maths 1 is the only nonsem esterized course in the science faculty. Most subjects are taught in all three academic years (Physics 1, Physics 2, and Physics 3) however a few are taught in the Second and Third Years only (Entomology 2 and Entomology 3).
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A typical BSc over three years might look like this:
Zoology 1  Chemistry  Geography  
Year 1  CEL 101 ZOO 101  CSC 1L1 BOT 102  CHE 101 CHE 102  EAR 101 GOG 102 
Year 2  ZOO 201 ZOO 202  ENT 102 ENT 202  CHE 201 CHE 202  
Year 3  ZOO 301 ZOO 302  ENT 301 ENT 302 
Note: In this example, the majors are Zoology and Entomology. The First Year Zoology comprises CEL 101 (a cell biology course) and ZOO 101. To major in Zoology, you need to pass CEL 101, ZOO 101, BOT 102, AND Chemistry 1 (a corequisite). Entomology is one of a number of subjects taught in the Second and Third Years only. To major in Entomology, you must pass CEL 101, ZOO 101, BOT 102, and Chemistry 1. Clearly, subject choice in First Year is set by your selection of major subjects.
THE BASIC Rhodes University Courses Science BSC OVER FOUR YEARS: Rhodes university Bsc requirements
For some students, it is necessary to reduce the workload in the First Year and spread the degree over four years. In this case, we try to gain at least eight and preferably tensemester credits in two years. A typical 4year curriculum would look like this:
Year 1  Maths 1  Computer Science CSC 101 CSC 102 
PHY 1E2 
Year 2  Stats 1 STAT 101 STA 102 
Physics 1 PHY 101 PHY 102 
Chemistry 1 CHE 101 CHE102 
Year 3  PHY 201 PHY 202  CSC 201 CSC 202  MAT 201 MAT 202 
Year 4  PHY 301 PHY 302  CSC 301 CSC 302 
Note: The exact structure of the first two years is very variable but typically the student will only start the Second Year subject in Year Three. In this example, the student has three additional credits.
The BScF (Extended Studies Programme) is a fouryear degree in which students who do not meet the usual Faculty entrance requirements are provided with an opportunity to complete a degree over four years. In the First Year, these students do three specially designed courses, one in maths, one in computer literacy, and an introduction to the concepts and methods of science. In the Second Year, the students will take a selection of standard First Year courses and in their Third Year, they join the BSc year two group.
BSc (InfSys) and BSc (SofDev) are designed for students who plan to use computers in a commercial environment. The degree structure is not very flexible and students must pass 20 semester credits;
A typical example is presented below:
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Year 1  CSC 101  CSC 102  ACC 101  ACC 102  MAT 1  MAN 101  MAN 102  ECO 101  ECO 102 
Year 2  CSC 201  CSC 202  INF 201  INF 202  STA 101 PHY 1E2  
Year 3  CSC 301  CSC 302  INF 301  INF 302 
In these Rhodes University Courses Science two degrees, students must pass the following courses:
 First and Second Years
 Computer Science 1 & 2
 Information Systems 2
 Economics 1, Management 1, Accounting 1
 Statistics 1D or 101, Physics 1E2, Maths 1 or Maths 102, and one other course approved by the Dean.
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Third Year (BSc (InfSys)): Rhodes university Bsc requirements
 Computer Science 3, and Information Systems 3, Accounting 3, Economics 3, Management 3, Pure Maths 3, Mathematical Statistics 3, Applied Statistics 3.
Third & Fourth Years (BSc(SofDev)).
 Computer Science 3 and Information Systems 3, and Computer Science and Information Systems 4.
SUBJECT CHOICES IN THE ORDINARY BSc DEGREE.
The subjects that can be taken in a BSc degree are classified into two groups, A & B.
 Group A comprises subjects that you would expect to find in a Science Degree. Most are taught over three years (e.g. Botany, Chemistry, Physics) while some are taught in the Second and Third Years only (e.g. Ichthyology, Entomology, Microbiology, Biochemistry). A few are nonmajor subjects and are used to provide necessary additional skills such as Electronics (PHY 1E2), Statistics (STATS 101), and Introduction to Computer Literacy (CSC 1L1).
 Group B includes all other subjects including those taught in the Humanities (such as Anthropology and History) Commerce (Accounting or Management) and Law.
If the two majors are from Group A the degree comprises 18 credits of which no more than 4semester credits may come from a single department in Group B.
If one major is from Group B, then the degree comprises 20 credits and All credits EXCEPT those for the three years of the Group B major MUST come from Group A.
A typical 20credit degree with a Group B major looks like this:
Year 1  PSY 101  PSY 102  HKE 101  HKE 102  CEL 101 ZOO102  PHY 1E1  PHY 1E2 
Year 2  PSY 201  PSY 202  HKE 201  HKE 202  2 Other Credits  CSC 101  CSC 102 
Year 3  PSY 301  PSY 302  HKE 301  HKE 302 
Note in this curriculum the student is majoring in Psychology (PSY) and Human Kinetics and Ergonomics (HKE). There are 20 credits of which ONLY the three years of Psychology are from Group B.
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A few other examples of possible curricula follow:
One possible Biology curriculum:
Year 1  Zoology 1 CEL 101 ZOO 101 
PHY 1E1  BOT 102  Chemistry 1 CHE 101 CHE 102 
Geography 1 EAR 101 GOG 102 
Year 2  CEL 201 ZOO 201 
BOT 201  BOT 202  STA 101 CSC 1L2 

Year 3  CEL 301 ZOO 301 
BOT 301  BOT 302 
In recent times several students have combined Legal Theory with Science, rather than only with Humanities or Commerce, and gone on to acquire the initials “BSc LLB” after their names before following specialized careers in Law. Here is a curriculum that might appeal to those who wish to become experts in Environmental Law:
Year 1  Legal Theory 1  CEL 101  ZOO 101  PHY 1E1  BOT 102  CHE 101  CHE 102 
Year 2  Legal Theory 2  ENV 201  ENV 202  BOT 201  BOT 202  EAR 101  GOG 102 
Year 3  Legal Theory 3  ENV 301  ENV 302 
Finally, while many combinations of subjects are possible, some combinations are prevented by timetable clashes. You can use the online timetable clash checker at:
http://scifac.ru.ac.za/wwwtime/timetable.php to see if your chosen subjects will clash.
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