Ecosystem Health and Biosecurity
This subject will help you understand the extent of our impacts on the natural world and why it’s so important to protect our native species and habitats.
Now more than ever we need to take a look at the impact of our actions, both small and big, and take on the role of kaitiaki (guardian) of our environment.
- Learn about current threats to biosecurity and how these impact our own wellbeing by choosing your ecosystems focus, such as marine biology, forestry, freshwater, and evolution.
- Opportunities for fieldwork to study biodiversity and learn practical skills through UC research centres and field stations.
- Take part in work placements and projects working alongside community organisations.
- Studying this major as part of 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.
Ecosystem Health and Biosecurity major
Complete the compulsory courses for the Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours, along with the following major courses:
- 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
Through your studies, you will be able to learn how to identify invasive species and other disturbances, analyse data, and consider the wider stakeholders involved. You will also learn broader skills like research, conservation, designing experiments, communication, problem-solving, and writing.
Some career pathways could include:
- Regional council
- Policy and advisory
- Ecological restoration.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Environmental Science.
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