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‘UC has a world class Science School and its research capabilities are widely spoken of throughout the country and worldwide...’

Emma Kelland MSc in Environmental Science
Project Administrator, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
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Environmental Science


BSc (as an endorsement), PGDipSc, MSc, PhD


Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment, incorporating its structure and functioning, and human interactions with the environment.

Environmental Science is an integrative subject that builds on a strong disciplinary base in a major subject such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography or Geology, with additional relevant study in areas including Antarctic Studies, Forestry, Freshwater Management, Mathematics, Science, Māori and Indigenous Studies, and Statistics (see Related subjects below).

UC operates field stations at Cass (in the Canterbury high country), Kaikoura, Harihari (South Westland) and Westport that are particularly well-equipped for Environmental Science teaching and research.

Environmental Science courses

To receive an endorsement in Environmental Science you must major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography or Geology and complete the 360 points for the BSc degree. Of the 360 points, you must complete the core courses (60 points) for this Endorsement:

For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the BSc .

Further study

An endorsement in Environmental Science leads directly into postgraduate study, in particular the BSc(Hons) where you can study specific Environmental Science papers and the MSc, which can lead to a PhD.

Career opportunities

Environmental Science is a growth area for employment. Well-educated people with strong technical and communication skills are needed to help identify, to monitor and possibly to solve a variety of problems associated with the environment and with the use and allocation of resources and sustainability.

For further career information, please go to


Dr Sally Gaw
Environmental Science Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
Telephone: +64 3 364 2818

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