Genetics deals with the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behaviour in the context of a cell or organism, patterns of inheritance from parent to offspring, and gene distribution, variation and change in populations.
Given that genes are universal to living organisms, genetics can be applied to the study of all living systems, from viruses and bacteria, through plants and domestic animals, to humans.
Understanding the nature of genetic variation permits one to combat disease in humans, plants and animals, and improve existing strains and breeds of plants and animals.
The field of microbiology is an exciting area of science. Students learn how to detect and quantify micro-organisms in foods, beverages and diverse environmental materials.
Students can use various analytical techniques, spanning from light and electron microscopy to DNA fingerprinting and mass spectrometry to explore the ecophysiology, cellular structure and diversity of microorganisms.
Our graduates typically find employment in the food and beverage or the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, educational and research institutions, diagnostic and quality control laboratories, governmental departments and agencies, sales, marketing and product development, consultancies, and NGOs.