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Undergraduate major in Environmental Science

Subject description

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Environmental Science aims to understand the environment using input from a wide variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, geography, earth sciences, physics and engineering in conjunction with social sciences like economics and human geography. This understanding can be applied to the assessment and solution of environmental problems caused by human activity.

Undergraduate Environmental Science

At undergraduate level, Environmental Science focuses on environmental effects of human activity and is dedicated to protecting and restoring natural heritage, minimising human impact and restoring environmental degradation. Our central philosophy is a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research that will better enable our society to manage our environment and resources. Undergraduate courses are designed to add interdisciplinary skills to strengths in a particular scientific discipline.

Postgraduate Environmental Science

At the postgraduate level, we emphasise the integration and application of scientific knowledge and skills in the prevention and resolution of environmental problems that face industry, regulators and communities in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is designed for individuals who seek to develop and apply prevention, remediation and mitigation strategies to maintain or enhance environmental quality.



Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Environmental Science major

The Environmental Science major must be taken in conjunction with another BSc major, including 60 points from Stage III courses in the other majoring subject.

All majors must include:

Plan your degree with our Environmental Science planner.


Career opportunities

The future looks bright for graduate careers in environmental science, with opportunities expanding steadily. Our graduates have been employed in a very diverse range of careers such as: policy analysts for central government (such as MFE and MFish); scientific officers and resource planners in local and regional government, from Auckland Regional Council to Ruapehu District Council; environmental consultants; research scientists in Crown Research Institutes (such as NIWA, ESR and Landcare); scientific officers with non-government organisations (such as WWF-NZ and UNESCO); wildlife manager; health and safety professional; conservation officer (such as with DoC); pest manager, corporate environment manager; waste management analyst; environmental engineer.


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Environmental Science Undergraduate Handbook or contact our Stage I Undergraduate Adviser:

Joe Fagan
Building 302, Room 525
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85381

Alternatively, staff at the School of Environment, located on Level 6 of Building 302 (23 Symonds Street), can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisers. Their opening hours are 8.30am - 5pm.

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85923
Email: envsci@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.env.auckland.ac.nz


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