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Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

BEnvSci(Hons)
06 October 2023

UC's Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours, BEnvSci(Hons), will give you the skills and practical learning you'll need to address the pressing environmental issues we face in Aotearoa | New Zealand and the world. Find out about studying a BEnvSci(Hons) through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Science.

DURATION

Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

Degree Structure - Duration
4 years full-time

START

Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)

POINTS

480

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $7,521
  • International — $38,863

Overview


Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

Introduction

Do you want to do your part for the environment? This degree will give you skills and the practical learning you will need to address the pressing environmental issues we face — in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

Various disciplines of science intersect in this programme to create a layered understanding of complex sustainability challenges we face — for example in freshwater resources, marine contamination, coastal erosion, biosecurity, natural disasters, and climate change. You will assess impacts resulting from disasters, ecological change, and human activity.

The BEnvSci(Hons) is accredited by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) to deliver environmental practitioners for roles in industry, government, education and research, and the community.



Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

What will my study involve?

 

  • This degree combines mātauranga Māori and scientific knowledge to broaden your understanding and approach to environmental issues, using Ki Uta ki Tai | From the Mountains to the Sea — the full journey and interconnectedness of the natural world.
  • Lab and field-based learning, with 400 hours of work experience.
  • Courses cover a variety of subjects to customise your degree with the issues you are most passionate about.

Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Recommended preparation

The BEnvSci(Hons) is open to anyone with entry to the University.

While no particular background is required, secondary school subjects such as biology, chemistry, geography, and sustainability are good preparation. Most important is a passion for the environment and our role as kaitiaki protectors of our natural world.

Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

Subjects and courses

The Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours is a highly flexible degree, including introductory courses, hands-on fieldwork and internship placements, and courses towards a major subject from the second year.

See ‘Planning my degree’ below for an example degree structure diagram.

Compulsory courses

100-level

CHEM114 is recommended if you have not taken Year 13 chemistry (or equivalent) at secondary school.

Plus complete the required 100-level courses from your chosen major.

200-level

Plus complete the required 200-level courses from your chosen major.

300-level

Plus complete the required 300-level courses from your chosen major.

ENVR302 and ENVR303 must both be completed with a B Grade Point Average to move onto the next year (or may instead be awarded the Bachelor of Environmental Science).

400-level

 

Plus complete the required 400-level courses from your chosen major.

Work placement course

You will also complete 400 hours of practical work through ENVR300 Environmental Science Work Experience (0 points, 0 fees).

You can choose to take this course during the summer months (November—February) in either year 2 or 3 of the degree.

Elective courses

Another 60 points (up to 75 depending on your chosen major) need to be chosen from the below.

Group 1

Choose 30 points from the following elective courses, or any language courses:

Group 2

Choose your remaining points from the following elective courses, or courses at any level chosen from:

Major subjects

 

Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

Further study

UC offers postgraduate studies in Environmental Science:

Graduates may also study a variety of related subjects in these programmes, such as Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Disaster Risk and Resilience, Geography, or Water Resource Management.

You may also consider specialist studies available:

Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

Career ready

  • Extensive practical experience in work and field settings.
  • Only accredited degree in environmental sciences in Aotearoa, with eligibility for semi-professional accreditation from the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).
  • Graduates are in demand for their ability to identify, monitor, and solve a variety of problems associated with the environment. They help advise on sustainability, environmental risks, and environmental aspirations.
  • Graduates will be ready for roles such as consultants, policy analysts, disaster and crisis response management, and researchers for contamination, pollution, and invasive species.

Find out more about what can you do with a degree from UC.

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,521
  • International — $38,863

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,316
  • International — $37,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study


Degree structure for Bachelor of Environmental Science with honours

30 points of elective courses must be chosen from Schedule E: Group 1, with any remaining points chosen from Group 2.

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours.

Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

How do I plan my degree?

 

The Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours requires a minimum total of 480 points:

 

  • 270 points of compulsory Environmental Science courses
  • a minimum of 135 points of courses towards a major
  • a minimum of 60 points of elective courses.

You will also complete 400 hours of practical work through ENVR300 Environmental Science Work Experience (0 points, 0 fees).

The degree takes 4 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 8 years.

For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours.

Limited entry into fourth year

All 300-level courses in the degree must be completed before proceeding to the final year. ENVR302 and ENVR304 must also both be completed with a B Grade Point Average.

If you are not successful in gaining a place, you may instead be awarded the Bachelor of Environmental Science (without honours), or you can normally credit completed courses to the Bachelor of Science or other UC degrees.

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