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Undergraduate subject


13 October 2023
This major will prepare you with theoretical and applied skills in hydrological science and sustainable management.




Freshwater is one of our most precious resources, making up only 3% of water on the earth’s surface.

Studying Freshwater at UC will involve theoretical and applied skills to understand and develop water treatment systems and infrastructure, and exploring the ethical and sustainable use of freshwater resources.



What will my study involve?

  • Study the journey of freshwater as it travels from mountains to the sea, and other ecological systems along the way.
  • Learn about our unique cultural history, legal policies, and relationship with bodies of water and freshwater resources in Aotearoa.
  • Practical labs, fieldtrips, and work experience around Waitaha Canterbury — beaches, mountains, snow fields, forests, and wetlands.
  • 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.


Career opportunities

Help ensure a sustainable future for this limited resource with a range of freshwater professions — whether it be water catchment, treatment, fisheries, or even disaster and contamination management.

Career pathways can include:

  • environmental scientist
  • field technician
  • environmental planner
  • resource management officer.

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

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

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International Prospectus 2024/2025

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