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.
- knowledge of ecosystem processes: BIOL 112 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
- knowledge of human-environment interaction: either GEOG 106 Global Environmental Change or GEOL 113 Environmental Geo-hazards
- skills in Geographic Information Science: GEOG 205 Introduction to GIS
- skills in basic maths and/or statistics: one 100-level course in either STAT or MATH, or BIOL 209 Introduction to Biological Data Analysis
- as well as the required courses towards your major.
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the BSc .
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.
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 www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers