Environmental Hazards and Disasters
Take this major and you will get the opportunity to analyse disasters like earthquakes, floods, and volcanic activity to reduce their risk and impact.
You will put into practise disaster management and response plans through extensive field studies around Te Waipounamu South Island.
- Examine the issues caused by sudden, extreme changes to the environment and communities.
- Through disaster case studies, lab, field studies, and work experience, you will learn to analyse information relevant to an actual hazard or disaster situation.
- Use modern tools like geospatial analysis and GIS to map out disaster effects, forecast data, and create response plans.
- 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 and research, and the community.
Environmental Hazards and Disasters major
Complete the compulsory courses for the Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours, along with the following major 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
Your studies will give you technical skills in data modelling and assessment, in addition to understanding the science behind disasters and hazards.
Career pathways could include:
- crisis and emergency response
- urban resilience planning
- geospatial mapping
- government and policy.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Environmental Science.
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