Want to help protect plants, animals and our natural environment? Study the Applied Conservation major in the Bachelor of Science.
People who can advocate for change and improve the effectiveness of conservation initiatives are in demand in New Zealand and around the world. The Applied Conservation major addresses this need and was developed in partnership with the Department of Conservation.
You develop a mix of biological science and social science skills – a combination that is sought after by conservation employers like the Department of Conservation, council organisations and national and international NGOs. You’ll graduate with the skills to work with communities and stakeholders to plan, manage and implement vital conservation projects.
This is part of the Bachelor of Science.
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment OR MAOH501 Hauora Māori and Environment
ECOL501 Ecology and Evolution
BIOL502 Plants and Animals
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation
Select eight of:
BIOL601 Deep Sea Biology
BIOL603 Marine Invertebrates
ECOL601 Freshwater Ecology
ECOL602 Terrestrial Ecology
ECOL603 Ecological Concepts I
ECOL604 Ecological Concepts II (offered 2022)
ENVS624 Plant and Animal Taxonomy
SCIE602 Research Techniques
BIOL702 Estuarine Ecology
ECOL701 Plant Ecology
ECOL732 Pacific Island Ecosystems
ENVS703 Environmental Chemistry
ENVS723 Remote Sensing
ENVS722 Socio-Ecological Systems
GEOL701 Structural Geology & Tectonics
In your final year you can enrol in the Research Project paper (30 points) if you have at least a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This may involve working on a project related to your major.
SCIE701 Research Project
*After completing a graduate diploma in education.
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You can combine this major with other majors like Environmental Sciences, Marine Biology or Geospatial Science and complete your Bachelor of Science within three years without doing more than the standard eight papers (120 points) per year.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.