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 a major subject such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, or Physics, with additional relevant study in areas including Antarctic Studies, Forestry Science, Water Resources Management, Mathematics, Science, Māori and Indigenous Studies, and Statistics.
- At UC, students combine Environmental Science 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, 2019).
To major in Environmental Science, you must also meet the requirements for a second Bachelor of Science (BSc) major.
Of the 360 points needed for the degree, you must complete 120 points of core Environmental Science courses, with the additional points made up of courses from the BSc Schedule and your second BSc major.
For the full major requirements see Schedule B to the Bachelor of Science.
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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