University of Namibia : Faculty of Science
About the Faculty
The faculty of Science attracts bright students and offers basic and applied science qualifications. We have over 3000 students in the whole faculty the majority of which are undergraduate. The faculty has 200 postgraduate students, perusing Msc and PhD degrees. Currently the faculty of science offers taught masters across all the Departments and our PhD’s are offered as thesis only. The faculty has eight departments namely: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics and Populations Studies and Military Science.
The majority of our academic staff members are involved in research at national and international level, most of which jointly conducted by staff, their students and international collaborating scientist. Our undergraduate programmes comprise of a single major offered with honors and are 4 – years Bachelor of Science Degrees. The faculty of science further offers service modules that enabled our students to qualify for admission to the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Engineering and IT and Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.
The Faculty has established its own journal called the International Science and Technology Journal of Namibia which is free, expedited, print and online journal of peerriviewed research and commentary in pure, applied and allied Sciences and technology. The objective is to address the lack of academic platforms that communicate scholarly work which contribute to science and technology knowledge base. The annual research conference is an important event in the faculty of science calendar at which students and staff are afforded an opportunity to show case their research work annually in the form of poster and oral presentations. The faculty has also developed and internship and attachment agenda to provide another avenue through which students acquire practical skills.
WHY STUDY AT SCIENCE / POSSIBLE CAREERS AFTER GRADUATING FROM SCIENCE
Biology is the study of living organisms. By understanding and defining what constitutes life, students are able to study individual components of organisms while understanding the relation to the whole organism. Laboratory work, combined with practical field experience, allow students to directly engage in research. First-year students are paired with faculty members and all Biology students are encouraged to participate in important field trips. Each year, a science conference, presents senior Honours students with the opportunity to share their research with faculty, peers and the community. Further research opportunities exist within Multi-purpose Research Centre (MRC), which designed to address current local and global issues. Biology graduates are prepared for careers in biological and related fields such as applied science, health science, medicine and/or graduate studies.
Biologist, Conservationist, Environmental Educator, Health Policy Consultant, Laboratory Technician, Marine/Fisheries Biologist, Oceanographer, Optometrist, Pharmaceutical Research, Pharmacologist, Pest Control Consultant, Teacher, Veterinarian, Water Quality Inspector, Wetlands Biologist.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry is the study of matter. It investigates the composition, properties, and transformations of substances. The close integration of curriculum and laboratory work ensures students gain practical experience in studying how materials behave as well as acquire a solid foundation in the basics of chemistry. Research facilities provide access to sophisticated techniques. The most popular complement to Chemistry is Biology. Participation in regional and national science fair competitions ranks undergraduates at the top amongst their peers. Dynamic activities through the Chemistry and Biochemistry Society and access to faculty and senior students, helps chemistry students develop a spirit of community. Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates are well-prepared for opportunities to pursue graduate studies as well as employment in a wide variety of professions.
Agricultural Chemist, Analytical Chemist, Biochemist, Biotechnologist, Chemical Engineer, Chemical Instructor, Cosmetic Chemist, Environmental Chemist, Food Chemist, Forensic Scientist, Geochemist, Industrial Hygienist, Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Technician, Medicinal Chemist, Molecular Biologist, Patent Examiner, Paint Chemist, Pharmacist, Polymer Scientist, Researcher, Sales/Technical Support, Toxicologist, Veterinarian.
Computer scientists are problem solvers. The study of computer science provides students with the ability to develop systems for many fields, using innovation and creativity. The knowledge students obtain is applied to many fields such as medicine, business and forensics. Students at the Computer Science department acquire skills that are relevant, current, and in demand. These skills are gathered in a cutting- edge, accredited curriculum, as well as through relevant job experience supported by industry partners. Computing can be your main area of study or integrated with other disciplines such as biology, education or music. A degree in Computer Science allows a student to secure employment in an area of personal interest.
Computer Sales and Support Rep, Database Administrator, Data Recovery Manager, Hardware Designer, Information Systems Consultant, Network Administrator, Network Security Specialist, Operations Research Analyst, Programmer, Project Manager, Software Designer, Systems Analyst, System Architect, Technical Support Representative, Telecommunications Specialist, Web Master/Internet Specialist.
Geology deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks, sediments and landscapes. Global change, energy dependency, natural hazards and public health all require information about the dynamics and history of our planet. Curriculum is well-integrated and builds upon the basic principles of earth science. The close integration of field work and technology ensures students receive hands-on experience and access to current geological software. Students are prepared for a variety of careers, both locally and globally, in the environmental and mining industries, as well as graduate studies.
Environmental Researcher, Exploration Geologist, Gemologist, Geochemist, Geological Engineer, Geophysicist, Investment Analyst, Marine Geologist, Mine Geologist, Museum Curator, Stockbroker, Survey Geologist, Teacher.
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics are the central tools scientists use to solve problems. Questions in mathematics center upon quantity, form, and structure and use analytical methods to model events in the natural world. Statisticians specialize in the collection and interpretation of data. The universal nature of mathematical structures makes them necessary in understanding and creating applications to everyday issues. Graduating students mainly employed and receive support from the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA). The integration of technology and curriculum exposes students to computing languages and software, ensuring the attainment of skills required for employment or graduate studies. Graduates may pursue careers in accounting, insurance, education, biostatistics, medical research, cryptology, computing, banking and finance or professional studies in health science, law and engineering.
Actuary, Bank Manager, Chartered Accountant, Compensation Research Analyst, Consumer Loan Officer, Data Processing Manager, Financial Auditor, Network Programmer, Pension Specialist, Rate Analyst, Risk Analyst, Software Designer, Software Developer, Statistician, Teacher, Technician.
Physics is the study of the interrelationships and interactions fundamental to understanding how the world works. UNAM’s Physics program equips students with the necessary skills to develop new concepts and technology to tackle real world problems. After the second year of study, paid positions are available as laboratory demonstrators. Following the third and fourth years, numerous opportunities exist for research projects that may form part of an undergraduate thesis. An UNAM physics degree prepares students for a wide range of careers.
Astronomer, Audiologist, Biophysicist, Financial Analyst, Geophysics, Medical Researcher, Meteorology, Optometrist, Radiologist, Science Journalist, Science Teacher, Software Developer.