AUT - Environmental Science major: Bachelor of Science


Environmental Science 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.

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Bachelor of Science: degree outline


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
775611 Biophysics

Year 2 Core papers

776313 Environmental Law *
776314 Freshwater Ecology *
776316 Terrestrial Ecology I *
776317 Environmental Monitoring and Risk Assessment *

And one from the following:
776325 Research Techniques
776326 Fish and Aquatic Plants *
776330 Marine Invertebrates *

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
† Please note this paper is offered at Summer School commencing early December 2012.
†† Please note this paper is offered at Summer School commencing early February 2013.


Career opportunities

  • 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
Last updated: 15-Sep-2014 12.17pm

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