Environmental and Water Science Programme

Water is the cornerstone of life as we know it.  We live in a world where more and more people rely on a limited water supply.  South Africa with an average annual rainfall of 500mm has limited water resources. If we do not understand our water resources and the environments where they occur, we cannot manage them and then will be heading for disaster.

If you are interested in the interaction of humans with the environment, the processes operating in the environment and affecting our water resources and the influence of natural phenomena on the environment, this degree is for you.

We build skills to assess and manage environmental issues related to surface water, groundwater, soils, climate and land use. Our modules focus, amongst others, on:  

  • The protection of our water resources from over-exploitation and pollution.
  • Understanding soils for conservation and erosion control and food security.
  • Land, water and vulnerability assessments using Geographical Information Systems for map creation
Degrees Offered
  • B.Sc (Environmental and Water Science)

EWS 342

Undergraduate Programmes - Environmental and Water Science Programme

Environmental and Water Science - Modules


Module name

Environmental Fieldschool

Home department

Earth Sciences

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Main outcomes

Student should:

  • Be able to do field mapping
  • Be able to apply environmental field techniques
  • Demonstrate their ability to gather meaningful environmental data
  • Demonstrate that they can analyse and interpret the data
  • Be able to write up a scientific report on the results

Main content

  • Applied field surveys
  • Environmental mapping
  • Field sampling
  • Data Interpretation
  • Report Writing



EWS 212, 222, 242, 311, 321, 341, 312, 332



Prohibited combinations


Breakdown of learning time

Contact with lecturer 21hrs

Practical contact 21hrs

Practical fieldwork 55hrs

Presentations 3hrs

Total learning time 100hrs


Methods of student assessment

Continuous evaluation of fieldwork and presentations as well as an assessment of final report. Final report contribute 60% of the total mark



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