- Department of Biotechnology
The simplest definition of biotechnology is “applied biology” through the application of biological knowledge and techniques to develop products or services.
It may be further defined as the use of living organisms to make a product or run a process. By this definition, the classic techniques used for plant and animal breeding, fermentation and enzyme purification are to be considered biotechnology.
- Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
When we think of biodiversity we tend to think of different types of animals and plants that may be found in our environment. In reality, the term biodiversity encompasses all living and non-living elements around us, the different ways that they interact and how they are arranged within their terrestrial, marine or freshwater environments.
- Department of Chemistry
Chemistry has often been described as the central science because it encompasses all the other sciences. Chemistry can be defined as the study of matter and its transformations. Since all the natural sciences (apart from the mathematical sciences) involve working with or studying matter in some form or another, chemistry plays a central supporting role in fields such as biochemistry, biotechnology, geology, food science, agriculture, pharmaceutics, polymer science, electronics and forensic science.
- Department of Computer Science
Almost every aspect of our daily lives is influenced by computers. Computer Scientists study topics related to the use and operation of computers. This includes topics such as: algorithms, programming languages, data structures, software engineering, networking protocols, databases, operating systems and many more.
By Better understanding these topics, Computer Scientists are able to come up with novel, interesting and fun ways to use computers.
- Department of Earth Science
The Department of Earth Sciences at UWC offers challenging opportunities in the nationally strategic areas of natural resources combining the disciplines of Applied Geology and Environmental and Water Sciences. These rapidly expanding programmes have established an international profile through teaching and research. The range of research topics covered within the Department and in collaboration with other research institutes and universities is very broad, and reflects the diversity in the research interests of the staff.
- Department of Mathematics
Mathematics is a language that express solutions to our everyday problems. To improve your working environment, familiarize yourself with the language of mathematics. It opens doors to fascinating fields, like the possibilities of space travel. Its also the heart of technology. Engineers, Scientist and many others rely on mathematics as a tool to predict the behavior of many phenomena. Mathematics helps us to understand the way in which natural and man mad environments operate.
- Department of Medical BioScience
In the Medical Biosciences Department we aim at training and developing scientist who will conduct research with a view to reduce the many lifestyle associated diseases. To prepare students, the Medical Biosciences programme teaches students Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Microbiology thereby providing an understanding of the structure and function of the human body, and how the body protects itself against disease.
- Department of Physics
The Department of Physics at UWC distinguishes itself as a major contributor to the research needs both regionally and nationally. The department has collaboration with several national research institutions, including the CSIR, NMISA, SAAO, iThemba LABS and with leading international institutes..
- Department of Statistics and Population Studies
The popular image of Statistics in one of tables and graphs of everyday occurrences such as car crashes, car sales, rainfall, births and deaths and so on. The application of the science of Statistics usually results in a meaningful interpretation of tables and graphs, but this kind of investigation forms only a small part of the activities of this versatile discipline.
Population Studies is a scientific study of the human population and more specifically the study of size, geographic distribution; age-sex structure and the socio-economic composition of populations. Population Studies furthermore studies the measurement of demographic processes in relation to economic development, social development, cultural and biological factors. Nationally the field of Population Studies is classified as a scarce skill.