The department of Geography & Environmental Studies offers training at both the under-graduate and post-graduate levels: Refer to the current Calendar of the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for more detail.
The undergraduate programme offers a three-year training leading to the BSc in Environmental and Resource Studies. Modules offered cover the systematic fields of Physical and Human Geography (including the Regional Geographies of South Africa, Africa and the World) and the applied fields such as Applied Geomorphology and Climatology, Water Resources, Medical Geography, Tourism, Natural Resource Ecology, Environmental Management modules, and Remote Sensing (RS) and GIS applications modules. The department also offers service modules not only to other departments in our School, but also to Schools in the Faculties of Humanities and Management Sciences and Law.
Post-graduate training at the honours level is through course-work and offered to full-time and part-time students. Post-graduate training at the masters and doctoral levels is currently only through research and is available to both full-time and part-time students. Specialisations can be available in: Geomorphology, Climatology, Biogeography (the geography of soils and vegetation), Natural Resource Ecology, Waste Management, Tourism Studies, Surface Water Resources, Settlement and Transport Geography.
Training in the department is strongly supported by research methods and analytical techniques modules, and by field and laboratory training in Computer Assisted Cartography, RS and GIS, and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments of existing development projects in the Limpopo Province.
Members of staff of the department also provide teaching or research supervision services to the following sectors of the university:
- The BSc programme in the School of Water and Sanitation;
- The Masters in Development Studies; and
- The Masters in Public Health.
Staff have also been involved in: Collaborative research with the School of Health Sciences in: The Dikgale demographic and health study; and with the University of South Africa (UNISA) in: The use of ATHRIXIA phylicoides and other indigenous teas in the Limpopo Province.