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Geologists are natural scientists that study the matter (e.g. minerals, rocks etc.) that the Earth is composed of and the processes that have shaped and continues to shape the planet on which we live, as well as other solid bodies (e.g. planets, moons, asteroids etc.) occurring within our Solar System. Geologists are sought after in the mining industry where they are involved with the exploration for mineral resources and the mining and beneficiation of these resources for the benefit of society. As a geologist you are likely to get out of the office on a routine basis to perform field work, mapping, core logging or mine visits. Depending on the career path that you choose, you may also spend significant amounts of time in a laboratory setting. In addition to finding employment with mining companies, geologists are also employed by research institutions (including universities), government agencies, financial institutions and consulting firms. Your undergraduate degree in geology with the University of the Free State may allow you entry into one of our honours programmes in geology, which is the minimum academic qualification required to register as a professional natural scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

The following learning programmes are available in GEOLOGY:

  • Geology specialisation
  • Geochemistry
  • Environmental Geology
  • Geology and Chemistry
  • Geology and Geography
  • Geology and Physics

Our faculty is a vibrant place that attracts both national and international students as a result of its stimulating curriculum, and to which scholars are lured because of our exciting research agenda. We are an engaged faculty, whose interactions with its community is integrated with research and teaching. The faculty provides opportunities for further study, research, and scholarly community engagement in diverse disciplines spanning the natural, agricultural, and building sciences.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT ANY OF THESE PROGRAMMES PLEASE CONTACT:

Enquiries: Justine Magson | +27 51 401 2373


Requirements

  • NSC and an AP of 30
  • Language of instruction on level 4 (50%)
  • Mathematics on level 5 (60%)
  • Physical Sciences on level 5 (60%)
  • NBT for Academic (AL) and Quantitative (QL) Literacy Test; and Mathematics Test (MT)

Geology specialisation

After completion of this learning programme up to honours level, you will be trained as a professional geologist with employment opportunities in mining, exploration, and research.

Careers/fields of study: Careers in mining geology, exploration geology, engineering geology, economic geology, laboratory research, and academia.

Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction Mathematics Physical Sciences Selection Compulsory National Benchmark Test Campus
BSc majoring in Geology Specialisation BC433535 30 4 (50%) 5 (60%) 5 (60%) Yes AL, QL, MT BC

Notes:

  • An AP of 34 or higher is highly recommended.
  • Closing date for applications is 29 September 2017.

We select only 80 students. You will be notified of the outcome as soon as the matric results are available.


Geochemistry

After completion of this learning programme up to honours level, you will be trained as a professional geologist/geochemist with job opportunities in mining, exploration, and research.

Careers/fields of study: Careers in laboratory research, economic geology, mining geology, exploration geology, engineering geology, and academia.

Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction Mathematics Physical Sciences Selection Compulsory National Benchmark Test Campus
BSc majoring in Geochemistry BC433532 30 4 (50%) 5 (60%) 5 (60%) Yes AL, QL, MT BC

Notes:

  • An AP of 34 or higher is highly recommended.
  • Closing date for applications is 29 September 2017.

We select only 80 students. You will be notified of the outcome as soon as the matric results are available.


Environmental Geology

After completion of this learning programme up to honours level, you will be qualified as a professional environmental geologist who is able to evaluate applicable problem areas and propose solutions.

Careers/fields of study: Careers in environmental management, laboratory research, economic geology, mining geology, exploration geology, engineering geology, and academia.

Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction Mathematics Physical Sciences Selection Compulsory National Benchmark Test Campus
BSc majoring in Environmental Geology BC433528 30 4 (50%) 5 (60%) 5 (60%) Yes AL, QL, MT BC

Notes:

  • An AP of 34 or higher is highly recommended.
  • Closing date for applications is 29 September 2017.

We select only 80 students. You will be notified of the outcome as soon as the matric results are available.


Geology and Chemistry

After completion of this learning programme up to honours level, you will be trained as a professional geologist with employment opportunities in mining, exploration, and research.

Careers/fields of study: Careers in mining geology, exploration geology, engineering geology, economic geology, laboratory research, and academia.

Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction Mathematics Physical Sciences Selection Compulsory National Benchmark Test Campus
BSc majoring in Geology and Chemistry BC433521 30 4 (50%) 5 (60%) 5 (60%) Yes AL, QL, MT BC

Notes:

  • An AP of 34 or higher is highly recommended.
  • Closing date for applications is 29 September 2017.

We select only 80 students. You will be notified of the outcome as soon as the matric results are available.


Geology and Geography

After completion of this learning programme up to honours level, you will be trained as a professional geologist with employment opportunities in mining, exploration, and research.

Careers/fields of study: Careers in mining geology, exploration geology, engineering geology, economic geology, laboratory research, and academia.

Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction Mathematics Physical Sciences Selection Compulsory National Benchmark Test Campus
BSc majoring in Geology and Geography BC433533 30 4 (50%) 5 (60%) 5 (60%) Yes AL, QL, MT BC

Notes:

  • An AP of 34 or higher is highly recommended.
  • Closing date for applications is 29 September 2017.

We select only 80 students. You will be notified of the outcome as soon as the matric results are available.


Geology and Physics

After completion of this learning programme up to honours level, you will be trained as a professional geologist with employment opportunities in mining, exploration, and research.

Careers/fields of study: Careers in mining geology, exploration geology, engineering geology, economic geology, laboratory research, and academia.

Programme Description Minimum Admission Requirements
Programme Academic Plan Code AP Language of instruction Mathematics Physical Sciences Selection Compulsory National Benchmark Test Campus
BSc majoring in Geology and Physics BC433540 30 4 (50%) 5 (60%) 5 (60%) Yes AL, QL, MT BC

Notes:

  • An AP of 34 or higher is highly recommended.
  • Closing date for applications is 29 September 2017.

We select only 80 students. You will be notified of the outcome as soon as the matric results are available.


How to apply

APPLICATION TO STUDY AT THE UFS IS FREE FOR SA, SADC AND NON-SADC STUDENTS

ONLINE application: Go to www.ufs.ac.za. Follow the link 'how to apply' - online application. For assistance, contact +27 51 401 9538.

Remember to upload copies of:

  • Your ID or passport
  • Your parent's ID or passport if you are younger than 18 years
  • Your Grade 11 final results and Grade 12 June results, both with the school's stamp
  • Your academic records if you are a current student at another institution of higher learning

WRITTEN application: Go to www.ufs.ac.za. Follow the link 'how to apply' and download the application. Complete and sign it, and post it with all the relevant documentation to The Application Office, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300.

Remember to include copies of:

  • Your ID or passport
  • Your parent's ID or passport if you are younger than 18 years
  • Your Grade 11 final results and Grade 12 June results, both with the school's stamp
  • Your academic records if you are a current student at another institution of higher learning

Changing from BAgric to BScAgric

In consultation with the programme director for Agricultural Sciences, a student who has registered for the BAgric degree can change to a suitable learning programme in the BScAgric degree. This can only be done if the student has passed the compulsory first academic year of the BAgric degree with an average mark of at least 75%, and additional first-year BScAgric modules enrolled for. This should be done in consultation with the programme director in order to comply with the minimum prerequisites for professional registration (SACNASP). The majority of the basic first-year BSc modules will be required in this case. In changing to a BScAgric learning programme, compliance with the prerequisites is essential. Credit will be given for modules that have been passed in the second and/or third academic year.


FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT ANY OF THESE PROGRAMMES PLEASE CONTACT:

Enquiries: Justine Magson | +27 51 401 2373

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