Environmental Hazards and Disasters
Environmental Hazards and Disasters examines the earth science systems that lead to natural disaster events, and the issues caused by sudden, extreme changes to the environment.
Students in this major will learn about the processes, causes, and potential results of natural hazards and disasters, and gain practical experience in assisting management response plans to help forecast and lessen their impact.
- UC’s unique position in Te Waipounamu South Island and as a centre for research excellence in disasters will allow you to see hazard management and response in action, with field study a key focus in this major.
- Our disaster risk degree programmes have won awards for its innovative content and delivery modes, including from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).
- UC is ranked 253rd in the world for Natural Sciences, and in the top 150 for Earth and Marine Sciences, and Geophysics (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).
Environmental Hazards and Disasters major
For the major in the Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours, complete the following courses:
- COMS232 Risk and Crisis Communication
- GEOG215 Environmental Hazards and Disasters
- GEOL246 Earth Surface Dynamics
- GEOG351 Rethinking Development
- GEOL354 Geodynamics and Geohazards
- One course chosen from these options
Disaster management programmes need more experts who understand the science behind natural disasters, and have the practical means to respond and prevent fallout to human society and other surrounding ecosystems.
Roles suited to this degree include hazard management, crisis and emergency response, urban resilience planning, geospatial mapping, computational and statistical modelling, government policy, crisis communications, and further environmental science research in this evolving field.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Environmental Science.
Level 2, Beatrice Tinsley building – see campus maps
Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Browse related subjects to Environmental Hazards and Disasters
Choose an area that you are interested in and learn how UC's extensive range of study options can let you study what you want to.
Sustainable Coasts offers study in the diverse ecosystems, functions, and dynamic changes of coastlines and ocean life. Aotearoa New Zealand as an island nation ...