Environmental Sciences major: Bachelor of Science
Student Profile – Steph Borrelle
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New Zealand’s unique and spectacular natural environment is the envy of the world. Throughout this major you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in this environment through the many and varied field trips that form an essential part of this course. You gain an understanding of how species interact with each other and with their physical environment.You also build up a solid knowledge of the ecological principles of freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, animal behaviour and ecology and plant ecology. 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.
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.
You will study the following compulsory papers .
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
555401 Health and Environment (or 555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment)
775318 Plants and Animals
775317 Ecology and Evolution
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation
Year 2 and 3
Plus five electives OR three electives and 777003 Research Project.
Other majors or pathways, such as Geospatial Science, or Marine Biology, or Applied Conservation, can be completed along with Environmental Sciences within three years without doing more than the standard eight papers (120 points) per year.
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
- Biomedical Science
- 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: 02-Jul-2015 2.21pm
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