Undergraduate study

The School of Earth and Environment offers courses in Antarctica Studies, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography and Water Resource Management at undergraduate level, with Geology, Geography and Environmental Science available as a full degree.

Earth is the only planet we have and sustains all life, we believe understanding how it works and how humans interact with it should be part of everyone's education!

Our undergraduate courses are designed both for students looking to specialise and for those taking a few courses while majoring in other subjects.

BSc in Environmental Science

Environmental Science must be taken as a double major with another Bachelor of Science major. It is an integrative subject that builds on a strong disciplinary base in a major subject such as Biological SciencesChemistryGeographyGeology, or Physics.

  • Of the 360 points needed for the degree, you must complete 120 points of core Environmental Science courses, with the additional points made up of courses from the BSc Schedule and your second BSc major.
  • See all Environmental Science courses

BSc in Geology

Undergraduate courses in Geology are designed both for students majoring in Geology and for students taking a few courses in Geology while majoring in other subjects.

  • Students intending to major in Geology need a minimum of 135 points in Geology, including GEOL 111, and either GEOL 113 or GEOL 115, at least 45 points at 200 level and 60 points at 300 level.
  • See all Geology courses

BSc/BA in Geography

Geography at UC is both a Science and an Arts subject, meaning you can major as either a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA). This gives you the flexibility to create a degree that fits your needs and interests.

  • A student intending to complete the BA with a major in Geography must be credited with at least 135 points in Geography, with at least 105 points at 200-level or above, including at least 30 points of 100-level Geography, at least 30 points of 200-level Geography, and at least 60 points of 300-level Geography.
  • A student intending to complete the BSc with a major in Geography must be credited with at least 30 points of 100-level Geography, 30 points of 200-level Geography and 60 points of 300-level Geography.
  • See all Geography courses

Undergraduate study in Antarctic Studies and Water Resource Management

While you cannot major in Antarctic Studies or Water Resource Management as an undergraduate student, there are a range of courses you can take as part of any degree:

 

Postgraduate study options are available in Geography, GeologyEnvironmental ScienceAntarctic Studies, Water Resource ManagementDisaster Risk and ResilienceEngineering Geology,  Geospatial Science and Technology and Urban Resilience and Renewal.

Students wishing to go on to postgraduate study should check the degree options and requirements via the Postgraduate Study page, and make sure they seek advice about entry requirements early.

Study at the School of Earth and Environment | Te Kura Aronukurangi can lead to a wide range of work environments and a career possibilities.

  • Visit our Careers page to find out more about where your studies could take you

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