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Environmental and Water Science Unit

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

Career Opportunities

  • Hydrogeologists/Geohydrologists

  • Hydrologists

  • Environmental Scientists

  • Water Managers

  • Geographical Information Systems Specialist

  • Soil Scientist

  • Private Consultants

Water Scientist tend to be people

  • Who care about the environment in general and water in particular

  • Who understand the porcess of nature and realise the threat of disrupting its balances

  • Who recognise and solve enviromental and water problems

  • Who love the outdoors

Skills Acquired

  • To think critically about the environment and water issues

  • To identify environmentak and water problems and recommend solutions

  • To read and write scientific reports

  • To use GIS to solve water related problems


  •  B.Sc (Environmental and Water Science)

  •  B.Sc. Honours (Environmental and Water Science)

  •  M.Sc (Environmental and Water Science)

  •  Ph.D.

Potential Employers

  • Government Departments (e.g. Water Affairs and Forestry, Environmental Affairs and Tourism)

  • National Park Boards

  • Research Council ( e.g. CSIR, Council for GeoSciences)

  • Industry and Companies (e.g. SASOL and ESKOM)

  • Municipalities

  • Private Consulting Firms

  • Yourself!


  • To produce graduates that have necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to addressing issues associated with human interactions with the enviroment.

  • To intergrate theory with practical applications and to incorporate state-of-the-art research with the acquired skillls.

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