Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment, incorporating its structure and functioning, and human interactions with the environment.
Environmental Science is an integrative subject that builds on a strong disciplinary base in subjects such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, or Physics, with additional relevant study in areas including Antarctic Studies, Forestry Science, Water Resource Management, Mathematics, Science, Māori and Indigenous Studies, and Statistics.
- At UC, students combine their Environmental Science major with a second Science major, preparing them to make a difference.
- UC operates field stations at Cass (in the Waitaha Canterbury high country) and Kawatiri Westport that are particularly well equipped for Environmental Science teaching and research.
- UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Environmental Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
UC offers a major and a minor in Environmental Science as part of the Bachelor of Science.
Environmental Science major
To complete a major in Environmental Science within the Bachelor of Science, you will need to take the following courses throughout the degree:
- ENVR 101 Introduction to Environmental Science
- GEOG 106 Global Environmental Change
- MATH 102 Mathematics 1A or STAT 101 Statistics 1
- ENVR 201 Environmental Science and Practice
- BIOL 209 Biological Data Analysis
- GEOG 206 Resource and Environmental Management
- ENVR 301 Environmental Science: Cities and Coasts
- GEOG 309 Research for Resilient Environments and Communities
Students must also complete a second major in another subject from the Bachelor of Science to complete the Environmental Science major requirements.
Environmental Science minor
For the Environmental Science minor in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, you will need to take these courses throughout your chosen degree:
Environmental Science is a growth area for employment. Well-educated people with strong technical and communication skills are needed to help identify, to monitor, and to contribute to solving a variety of problems associated with the environment and with the use and allocation of resources and sustainability.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Environmental Science.
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