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Organismal Biology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months



Animal and plant life is shaped by central processes of evolution, heredity, and development. In the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, we focus largely on whole organisms. But we also cover topics ranging from basic animal or plant biology, including physiology, to animal and plant interactions with the biotic and abiotic characteristics of their environments.

The syllabus provides broad competence for careers involving the biology of animals and plants in relation to their environment, including human or veterinary medicine.

This Organismal Biology offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburgmajor aligns well with Physiology or Anatomy offered through the Faculty of Health Sciences and is an excellent first degree for continuing in the medical profession.

Career Opportunities

  • Biodiversity Planner
  • Biology Education
  • Education Officer
  • Private Consulting Firms
  • Scientific Journalism
  • Veterinary Research Institute

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Animal Form and Function 
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour 
  • Evolution 
  • Reproductive Biology 
  • Whole Plant Physiology 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • APS 40+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
  • Level 5
  • Mathematics
  • Level 5
  • Wait-listing
  • Applicants with 38-39 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3490 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3490 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    3490 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3490 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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R 50460

Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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