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Zoology and Entomology Home

The University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Zoology and Entomology consists of two sub-disciplines:

  • Zoology
  • Entomology

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses in both these sub-disciplines cover a wide field. Our philosophy is that a student's first year is an introductory year, and from the second year we specialise in various aspects.


Undergraduate Zoology courses include:

  • African vertebrates
  • Animal behaviour
  • Conservation ecology
  • Invertebrate biodiversity
  • Marine and freshwater ecology
  • Parasite vectors and venomous animals
  • Vertebrates: Research techniques
  • Survival strategies in arid environments

Postgraduate Zoology courses include:

  • Africa ornithology
  • Aquatic parasitology
  • Conservation ecology
  • Evolution and biogeography
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Nematology
  • The environment


Undergraduate Entomology courses include:

  • Introductory morphology, anatomy, and bio-ecology of insects
  • Functional morphology and anatomy of insects
  • Evolutionary biology of insects
  • Insect ecology
  • Agricultural entomology
  • Eco-physiology of insects
  • Insect biochemistry and pharmacology
  • Insect pest management
  • Medical, veterinary, and forensic entomology

Postgraduate Entomology courses include:

  • Evolution and biogeography
  • Forensic entomology
  • Insect–plant interactions
  • Medical and veterinary entomology
  • Pest management
  • Quantitative ecology
  • Taxonomy and biology of Arachnida
  • The environment

Story of Life: Darwin 200

A commemoration of 14 events, with 26 popular scientific lectures, held in 2009. (Podcasts available here)

Centenary 2012
In 2012, the department celebrated its centenary year with a series of lectures.

We are celebrating a century of adventure!

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