Biological Diversity

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biological Diversity

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: BIO1000F or BIO1000H, or a pass at 60% in NSC Life Sciences or by permission of the Head of Department.
    NOTE: Preference will be given to students registered in the Science Faculty.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This course investigates a range of plants and animals to illustrate the diversity and complexity of
    living things. Topics covered include: historical evidence and evolution as a means of interpreting change with time; modern theories on the mechanism of evolution; the origin of species, including humans; interdependence of organisms in South African biomes; plant/animal symbiosis, mutualism and parasitism. This course includes a strong practical component which further examines animal and plant diversity.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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