Environmental Sciences major: Bachelor of Science
Environmental science is an exciting and extremely rewarding area of New Zealand's outdoor environment. With this major, you will gain an understanding of the issues concerning environmental resources and the application of this knowledge at a management level.
New Zealand’s unique spectacular natural environment is the envy of the world. During study in this major you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in this environment through the many varied field trips that form an essential part of this course.
We develop your understanding of how New Zealand species interact with other organisms and with their physical environment. You also build up a solid knowledge of the ecological principles of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. This understanding is essential for the maintenance of New Zealand’s unique and natural inheritance, and is an essential foundation for many rewarding environmental careers.
You will study core (compulsory) papers from across the degree in addition to optional elective papers.
Year 1 Core papers
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication (or 145612 Applied Communication)
555401 Health and Environment (or 555339 Māori Health)
715184 Statistical Models
775205 General and Organic Chemistry
775318 Form and Function of Plants and Animals
775102 Biological Chemistry
775317 Ecology and Evolution
Year 2 Core papers
Year 3 Core papers
776311 Coastal Management *
776316 Terrestrial Ecology II *
777315 GIS - Geographical Information Systems *
Plus either Research Project 777003 or the following level 7 (year 3) papers:
777811 Marine Ecology *
777316 Oceanography *
* Each offered in alternate years
ScholarshipThe School of Applied Sciences offers competitive fee-only scholarships for the first year of the Bachelor of Science (one for every major). Some of these scholarships are for the full three years and are co-funded by external institutions, such as the Department of Conservation. For more information visit the scholarships website.
- Conservation organisations such as the Department of Conservation
- Environmental consultant
- Government research and monitoring agencies
- Local councils: environmental, public health, and waste management and monitoring services
- Science teacher
- Scientific laboratory analyst
Other majors and pathways in the Bachelor of Science
- Applied Conservation
- Applied Mathematics
- Computer Science
- Food Safety
- Food Science
- Geospatial Science
- Health Protection
- Marine Biology
Other courses you may be interested in
- Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business conjoint degree
- Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences conjoint degree
- Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
- Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Science
Last updated: 10-Feb-2015 12.08pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.