Ecosystem Health and Biosecurity
Major studies in Ecosystem Health and Biosecurity investigates the impact of change and human activity on the natural processes of our ecosystems; a complex network of living organisms interacting with the physical environment.
Disturbances to our natural resources, such as air quality, food pollination and production, soil nutrients, and clean water in turn affects the health of other connected ecosystems, including our own mental and physical wellbeing.
This programme allows you to learn about the interconnection of the natural world and methods to manage and sustain these, with opportunities to get out into the field and work directly with affected communities.
- Course choices throughout the programme allow you to specialise in a particular area of ecology; from marine biology or forestry through to climate change or evolution.
- Many of UC’s research centres, such as Te Taiwhenua o te Hauora | GeoHealth Laboratory, Toi Hangarau | Geospatial Research Institute, and Centre for Integrative Ecology specialise in ecological health projects for industry.
- UC is ranked in the top 300 universities in the world for Natural Sciences and Environmental Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
- Studying this degree will make you eligible for semi-professional accreditation from the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).
Ecosystem Health and Biosecurity major
For the major in the Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours, complete the following courses:
- BIOL273 New Zealand Biodiversity and Biosecurity
- BIOL275 Field Ecology
- BIOS201 Issues in New Zealand Biosecurity
- One course chosen from these options
- BIOL309 Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists
- Two courses chosen from these options
- 30 points of courses chosen from these options
We rely heavily on the natural world providing for our survival, health, and economic wellbeing. The dynamic nature of our ecosystems demonstrates that we need professionals with expertise on how these function, and in finding tangible solutions to maintain their health and integrity.
You will find your knowledge suited to a variety of areas: law and policy, conservation and restoration efforts, resource management, urban and civil planning, pest control and biosecurity, business sustainability, ongoing research, and in consultancies, advisories, and public education to help inform communities of better practices.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Environmental Science.
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