The Department of Life Sciences welcomes all new and returning students and staff for the 2019/2020 academic year. We are happy that you have decided to join us. Together we can make this a great place to work, teach, study and serve our community. All the best for the upcoming academic year.

Programme Updates for 2019/2020
The course BOTN3402 Plant Breeding will not be offered for this academic year. In addition, the following courses from the Horticulture major will not be offered: AGSL2401 Management of Soils, AGSL3001 Irrigation and Drainage and AGCP3406 Fruit Crop Production.

The course code for Postharvest Technologies has changed from AGCP3407 to BOTN3407.

BIOL2164 Principles of Molecular Biology, will be offered in place of the course BIOL2404 Molecular and Population Genetics during the second 6 weeks of semester 2.

Revised Prerequisites
The prerequisites for Level II courses have been revised. Students who have not attained all 4 Level I courses can now register as below:

Level II course Pre-requisite
Principles of Molecular Biology
BIOL1017 and BIOL1018
Research Skills and Practices in Biology
BIOL1017 or BIOL1018 and BIOL1262 or BIOL1263
Fundamentals of Biometry
BIOL1018 and BIOL1262 or BIOL1263
Principles of Ecology
BIOL1262 and BIOL1263
Eukaryotic Microorganisms
BIOL1017, BIOL1262 and BIOL1263
Biological Evolution
BIOL1018 and BIOL1262 or BIOL1263>
Plant Form and Systematics
BIOL1017, BIOL1018 and BIOL1262
Physiology of Plants
BIOL1017, BIOL1018 and BIOL1262
Maintenance Systems in Animals>
BIOL1017, BIOL1018 and BIOL1263
Coordination and Control in Animals
BIOL1017, BIOL1018 and BIOL1263

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Our Mission

The Department of Life Sciences seeks to realize the University's mission by making available, through excellence in teaching, research and outreach, high quality education and training for students of biology such that they are prepared to function as biologists in the regional and global arena.


The department aims to:

  • provide a range of advanced courses in the disciplines it embraces to students with a good general education.
  • provide coherent and rigorous programmes of study which extend over three or four years depending upon qualifications at entry.
  • expose students to recent developments in both theoretical and practical aspects of the disciplines.
  • train students in the use of scientific thinking and methodology as an effective approach to interacting with, understanding and affecting the biosphere.
  • use a variety of teaching and learning methodologies in the process of delivering its programmes of study.
  • employ a range of assessment methods and techniques, to enable students to demonstrate the depth of their understanding and their capacity for independent thought.
  • give guidance to students during and on the learning process as well as on the approach to the various disciplines themselves.