School of Environmental Sciences

University of Venda

Contact the School of Environmental Sciences

Ms Ndidzulafhi Mulovhedzi
Executive Secretary

Tel: +27 15 962 8513
Email: ndidzulafhi.mulovhedzi@univen.ac.za
Office: New Environmental Science Building, Room FE-01

About Us

The School of Environmental Sciences was established in 1995 with only 35 students. Currently, the School is one of the largest and has the most comprehensive programmes in Environmental Sciences in the whole of South Africa and even in the SADC region.

The major goal of the School is manpower training and applied research in environmental sciences. The object of manpower training and applied research is first to understand the nature and characteristics of the “natural” and human environment and second to apply that understanding to analyse and evolve strategies and policies that promote sustainable development of resources in order to help alleviate poverty and other socio-economic woes within the region through the dissemination of knowledge and skills on sustainable resource allocation, development and management.

Vision

To be the centre of excellence in environmental sciences through active generation and dissemination of knowledge and skills so as to enhance sustainable utilization of natural resources for national and regional development

Mission

To provide professional training in environmental sciences at all levels and to undertake applied research that links the University to the needs of the region, nation and international community.
Statistics The School has seen a steady growth-rate in students’ population.

Programmes
 

In addition to the admission requirements for the bachelor’s degree stipulated by the University, the School of Environmental Sciences will admit students on the basis of either (a) matriculation option or (b) Professional Experiences. (e.g. Technikon diplomas or Employment with Nature Conservation, Planning, Mining and Water Resources). Admission requirements for various programmes within the school is outlined in the table below.

Programmes Admission Requirements
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Matriculation Exemption + E (HG) or D (SG) in at least two of the following: Agriculture, Biology, Economics, Geography and Physical Science
Bachelor of Mining and Environmental Geology
Matriculation Exemption + D (HG) or C (SG) in Physical Science and one of the following: Maths, Geography, Economics, and Biology
Bachelor of Hydrology and Water Resources
Matriculation Exemption + D (HG) or C (SG) in Physical Science and one of the following: Maths. Geography, Economics, Biology, and Agriculture.
Bachelor of Environmental Management
Matriculation Exemption + D (HG) or C (SG) in any two of the following: Biology, Economics, Geography, Physical Science and Agriculture
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Matriculation Exemption + E (HG) or D (SG) in any two of the following: Physical Science, Biology, Agriculture, Geography, Economics and Mathematics.
Dip. in Mining Impact and Post Mining Rehabilitation
Senior Certificate + Technikon Experience
Dip. in Mine Health and Safety
Senior Certificate + Technikon Experience
Cert. in Geographical Information System
Matriculation Exemption + a pass in Geography and Mapping Experience
Cert. in Post Mining Rehabilitation
Senior Certificate + a pass in Mathematics and Physical Science
Cert. in Mine Inspection
Senior Certificate + a pass in Mathematics and Physical Science
Cert. in Mine Infrastructure: Operation and Management
Senior Certificate + a pass in Mathematics and Physical Science

Career opportunities

Environmental Geologist, Hydrologist, Consultant, Education Officer, Waste Management & Recycling Officer, Surveyor, Transport Route Planner, Building Planner, Mine Planner and Officer or Manager in parastatals, public & private sector, Lecturer, Meteorologist, Nature Conservationist, Environmental Officer, Energy Officer, Environmental Consultant.

Departments

Ecology and Resource Management

Department of Hydrology and Water Resources

Environmental Advisory and Assessment Unit

Institute of Semi-Arid Environment and Disaster Management

Geography and Geo-Information Sciences

Mining and Environmental Geology

GIS Resource Centre

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

News and Announcements

Welcome Message for 2021 Academic Year

2 days ago
To : All Staff and Students  From : Adv. Mojankunyane Gumbi  University Chancellor  Date : 12 April 2021  May I...
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