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Program Details

Faculty : Faculty of Science

Program Name : Bachelor of Science in Applied Geophysics

BGCSE Points(or similar) : 34 Option 1: 20 (Maths + Physics + Chemistry) Option 2: 22 (Maths +Science D/Award)


Type : Under Graduate

No. of Semesters : 8

Description : BGCSE/equivalent with a minimum of grade D in English Language and a grade of C in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics, or a minimum of grade BB in Science Double Award or equivalent, or a minimum of grade A in Physical Science and a grade C in Biology, or equivalent. Applicants may be admitted to Level 200 if they have successfully completed Bachelor of Science Level 100 with passes in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Entrance requirements Admission to the Applied Geophysics Degree Programmes shall be as specified in the Faculty of Science Regulations 23.2.1 and 23.4 (a) Students who wish to register for the Applied Geophysics Degree Programme at Level 200 must have taken and passed Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Geology or Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at Level 100. (b) In accordance with the Faculty of Science Special Regulation 23.2.4, an Applied Geophysics student can register directly at Level 200 but cannot be exempted from Level 100 Geology courses. (c) A student admitted to Level 200 Applied Geophysics who has not completed Level 100 Geology courses must take them at Level 200. (d) A student admitted to Level 200 Applied Geophysics who has successfully completed Level 100 Geology courses must comply with the University of Botswana Academic General Regulation 00.311 by taking relevant General Education courses or Elective courses in consultation with the Head of Department. Award of Degree To be awarded a B.Sc. (Applied Geophysics) a candidate/student must have taken and passed all the courses prescribed in Section 9 and must satisfy the University of Botswana Academic General Regulations 00.85 and 00.9 and Faculty of Science Special Regulation 23.7. Programme Structure The Programme is designed in such a manner as to gradually introduce students to the principles of Applied Geophysics in the third year. It is envisaged that at this level, students are sufficiently grounded in the basic theories and principles used in Geophysics and can appreciate all the scientific/practical developments in this field they are likely to encounter. They should have been exposed to adequate field work through the geologic field course taken during Level 100 and 200. The fourth and final year consists of the completion of the Geology and Applied Geophysics courses and emphasis is placed on application of the various geophysical methods in exploration and fieldwork (where the students will be acquainted with the use of various geophysical equipments) which forms a major component of the course. The courses are also designed to satisfy the required training expected for an applied geophysicist. This will enable graduates of the programme to qualify to be members of professional societies such as the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). In the final year students will have the option of choosing either the Mining Geophysics or the Environmental Geophysics Stream, the latter including geotechnical and groundwater studies.

Courses involved :

Semester 1

Core Courses

  GENERAL CHEMISTRY I Credits : 4
  PHYSICAL FITNESS THROUGH SELECTED ACTIVITIES Credits : 2
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS I Credits : 2
  INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICS I Credits : 4
  GEOMETRICAL OPTICS, MECHANICS, VIBRATIONS AND WAVES Credits : 4

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Semester 2

Core Courses

  GENERAL CHEMISTRY II Credits : 4
  ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (SCIENCE) Credits : 3
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS 2 INFORMATION SKILLS 11 Credits : 2
  INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICS II Credits : 4
  ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM Credits : 4

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Semester 3

Core Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY Credits : 4
  STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY Credits : 3
  FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOPHYSICS Credits : 3
  CALCULUS I Credits : 3

Optional Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO HYDROGEOLOGY Credits : 3
  MECHANICS, VIBRATION & WAVES, PHYSICAL OPTICS Credits : 3
  PROPERTIES OF MATTER, BASIC THERMODYNAMICS Credits : 3
  PHYSICS PRACTICALS 3.1 Credits : 1

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Semester 4

Core Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO MINERALOGY Credits : 3
  PETROGRAPHY Credits : 3
  FIELD MAPPING Credits : 3
  ADVANCED ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM Credits : 3
  PHYSICS PRACTICALS 4.1 Credits : 1

Optional Courses

  PHOTOGEOLOGY & REMOTE SENSING APPLIED TO GEO. Credits : 2
  COMPUTING Credits : 3
  NUMERICAL METHODS I Credits : 3
  PROPERTIES OF MATTER, BASIC THERMODYNAMICS Credits : 3
  BASIC ELECTRONICS Credits : 3

Elective Courses

  ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS OF BOTSWANA Credits : 3

Semester 5

Core Courses

  SURVEYING Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO SEDIMENTOLOGY & STRATIGRAPHY Credits : 3
  GRAVITY AND MAGNETIC METHODS Credits : 3
  MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCES I Credits : 3

Optional Courses

  ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY Credits : 4
  ORE GEOLOGY Credits : 3
  DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Credits : 3
  INTRO. TO POTENTIAL FIELDS IN GEOPHYSICS Credits : 2
  ADVANCED ELECTRONICS I Credits : 3

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Semester 6

Core Courses

  ELECTRICAL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC METHODS Credits : 3
  SEISMIC IMAGING: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS Credits : 3
  GEOPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION Credits : 4
  GEOPHYSICAL FIELD SCHOOL Credits : 3

Optional Courses

  HYDROGEOLOGY Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO ELECTROMAGNETISM Credits : 3
  ADVANCED ELECTRONICS II Credits : 3
  PHYSICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT Credits : 3
  MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCES II Credits : 3

Elective Courses

  SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Credits : 2

Semester 7

Core Courses

  ECONOMIC GEOLOGY Credits : 3
  RESEARCH PROJECT I Credits : 3
  SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING AND INTERPRETATION Credits : 3
  WELL LOGGING & FORMATION EVALUATION TECHNIQUE Credits : 3

Optional Courses

  GEOLOGY OF AFRICA Credits : 3
  ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY Credits : 3
  GEOLOGY OF BOTSWANA Credits : 3
  ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS Credits : 3
  GLOBAL GEOPHYSICS Credits : 3
  ATOMIC & BASIC NUCLEAR PHYSICS Credits : 3

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 7.

Semester 8

Core Courses

  ENGINEERING GEOLOGY Credits : 3
  MINING GEOPHYSICS Credits : 3
  ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS Credits : 3
  RESEARCH PROJECT II Credits : 3

Optional Courses

  GEOTECTONICS Credits : 2
  GEOLOGY OF AFRICA Credits : 3
  GEOLOGY OF BOTSWANA Credits : 3
  GEOPHYSICAL TIME SERIES ANALYSES Credits : 3
  GLOBAL GEOPHYSICS Credits : 3
  MICROCOMPUTING FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCES Credits : 3

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 8.
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