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Undergraduate subject

Environmental Contamination

13 October 2023
Environmental Contamination is the science of prevention, mitigation, and treatment of contaminants in our ecosystems.


Environmental Contamination


Environmental Contamination is the science of prevention and treatment of contaminants and invasive organisms in our ecosystems.

This major offers practical learning in identifying contaminants and their source, analysing their impact, and developing strategies to prevent further exposure.


Environmental Contamination

What will my study involve?

  • Investigate threats to our natural environment, such as toxic contamination in drinking water, pests destroying our local habitats, and agricultural disease.
  • Field studies, lab work, and work experience, with a microscopy facility and microbiology lab on campus, and our field stations throughout Waitaha Canterbury.
  • Learn to merge mātauranga Māori and scientific knowledge to broaden your understanding and approach to environmental issues.
  • The Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours is accredited by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) to deliver environmental practitioners for roles in industry, government, education, research, and the community.

Environmental Contamination


Environmental Contamination major

Complete the compulsory courses for the Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours, along with the following major courses:





Environmental Contamination

Career opportunities

Contamination risk is always high with infrastructure, transportation, and natural resource use. Your specialist knowledge in microbiology and contamination will be essential to help combat ongoing damage to our natural world.

Career pathways could include:

  • border security
  • infrastructure planner
  • agricultural manager
  • work safety inspector.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Environmental Science.

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