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Undergraduate subject

Environmental Science

Mātai Pūtaiao Aronukurangi

13 October 2023

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



Environmental Science


Environmental Science is the study of the natural world, its ecosystems, and our interactions with it.

This knowledge is particularly important today as we focus more on biosecurity, sustainability, natural disasters, and global climate change.

Environmental Science

What will my study involve?

  • UC operates field stations at Cass and Kawatiri Westport where you will do fieldwork and research.
  • Study Environmental Science in many ways — either as Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours, a major within the Bachelor of Science, or as a minor within other bachelor’s degrees.
  • The Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours is the only degree of its kind in Aotearoa, and 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.

Environmental Science


Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

For the Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours for specific course requirements and degree structure.

As well as core courses in ecological and geographic sciences, you also study towards one of the following majors:

Environmental Science major

For the major in the Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:




You will also need to complete a second major in another subject from the Bachelor of Science to complete the Environmental Science major requirements.

Environmental Science minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Psychological Science, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:


Environmental Science

Career opportunities

Through your studies, you will gain a strong understanding of environmental science, developing sustainable solutions to environmental issues, and how to build resilient communities.

You will also develop skills in data analysis, environmental psychology, risk assessment, and case study analysis.

Career pathways could include:

  • government agencies
  • research institutes
  • consultancies
  • biotechnology.

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

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