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I would like to welcome you to the website of the School of Natural Sciences. Natural Sciences is one of the largest faculties at the University of Zambia (UNZA). It is one of nine such faculties, the others being Agricultural Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, Medicine, Mines and Veterinary Medicine. The School of Natural Sciences is among the original faculties of the University, having opened its doors in 1965. It serves the function of helping to provide the country with manpower in science-based fields. As a result it offers a wide range of science-based programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Departments in the School Of Natural Sciences and Career Development 


The School comprises six departments, namely Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Geography and Environmental Studies, Mathematics and Statistics and Physics. These departments offer many programmes and many applied courses, the details of which are on their websites. I invite you to visit each of these so as apprise yourself of the offerings of each department.


The School of Natural Sciences is the base for all science-based programmes at the University of Zambia.  All students wishing to pursue studies in the Schools of Engineering, of Medicine, of Mines, of Agricultural Sciences and of Veterinary Medicine must do a foundational year in Natural Sciences.  They only proceed to the School of their choice in the second year. 


The School itself has a wide variety of offerings.  The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers programmes and courses in Natural Resources, Environmental Management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing, Cartography, Human and Physical Geography and Spatial Planning.  


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has courses in Algebra, Real Analysis, Statistics, Mathematical Methods, Topology, Actuarial Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.


For its part, the Department of Biological Sciences has offerings in Wildlife, Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity, Entomology, Genetics and Plant Biology, to name but a few.


The Department of Chemistry has several environment-related programmes with specializations in Analytical, Organic, Industrial, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry.


The Department of Physics is active in Solid State Physics, Theoretical Physics, Renewable Energy and Climate Studies, Computational Physics, Solid State Physics Nuclear Physics, among other areas.


The newest department is Computer Studies and it plays an important role in the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the country. Its offerings include Programming, Software and Hardware Development.

The School of Natural Sciences has a cadre of well-qualified staff.   The graduates of the School have found employment not only in the country and the sub-region but also in Europe, America and Asia.


Challenges of Year I in the School of Natural Sciences

The first year in the School of Natural Sciences tends to be very challenging.  Students find it difficult to cope with the transformation from a qualitative and descriptive to a quantitative approach to the sciences. It is therefore necessary for students to have a high degree of motivation from the outset.

The teaching in all School programmes is divided into three parts, namely lectures, laboratory practicals and tutorials. These activities are time-demanding and they require proper dedication on the part of the student, as well as good time-management skills. It generally true that once the student has cleared the first year of Natural Sciences, he or she is essentially adequately prepared to handle the challenges of University life.

The School of Natural Sciences takes its mission very seriously and is proud  to receive first-year students and to induct them into the life they will lead for the next four or five year.  It is therefore my pleasure to invite you to study thoroughly the various career opportunities in each Department and to familiarise yourself with the requirements for pursuing the degree programme of your choice. School staff are ready to assist you if you have any further queries.  For this purpose, you should see the Assistant Dean (Undergraduate or Postgraduate) and the respective Head of Department.


It is my hope that after reading this website, you will make the choices for a successful and worthwhile career.

Dr. Habatwa V. Mweene


Contact the Dean

The Dean

School of Natural Sciences

+ Tel: +260-211-254406

+ Fax: +260-211-254406


The Assistant Dean - Undergraduate

+ Tel: +260-211-290824

The Assistant Dean - Postgraduate

+ Tel: +260-211-290824