BSc(Tech) - Environmental Sciences as a major
The Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree provides you with an opportunity to gain practical, relevant work experience as part of your undergraduate degree. This will help you to step into the professional world in your chosen career and successfully integrates theoretical learning with hands-on experience.
The pressure on our environment is increasing as the human population grows. Environmental Sciences provide a basis for understanding environmental problems, and finding solutions to them.
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|Start Dates:||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
$6,922 per year
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|Fees (International):||$30,280 per year|
|Entry Requirements:||Undergraduate International|
|*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
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Papers available within Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences are interdisciplinary with a focus on ecology, soil and water environments and geochemistry.
Environmental Sciences is available as a major for the BSc and BSc(Tech). Environmental Sciences may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the faculty or school of studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Environmental Sciences as a single major, students must gain 135 points including ENVSC101, EARTH102, ENVSC201 and ENVPL303; one of BIOMO203 or BIOEB202; one of ENVSC202 or CHEMY204; one of EARTH221, EARTH231 or EARTH241; and two papers in different subject areas from ENVSC302, BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305, BIOMO303, CHEMY304, EARTH321, EARTH322, EARTH331, EARTH341, EARTH342, EARTH313.
To complete Environmental Sciences as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including ENVSC101, EARTH102, ENVSC201 and ENVPL303; one of BIOMO203 or BIOEB202; one of ENVSC202 or CHEMY204; one of EARTH221, EARTH231 or EARTH241; one of ENVSC302, BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305, BIOMO303, CHEMY304, EARTH321, EARTH322, EARTH331, EARTH341, EARTH342, EARTH313.
To complete a minor in Environmental Sciences, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Environmental Sciences major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must include ENVSC101 and ENVSC201.
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|EARTH102||Discovering Planet Earth||18B (Hamilton)|
|This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.|
|ENVSC101||Environmental Science||18B (Hamilton)|
|A scientific study of the interaction between humans and the environment including climate change, utilisation and exploitation of natural resources and the effects of human activities on biological, chemical and physical processes that form resources and control ecosystems.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|BIOEB202||Principles of Ecology||18B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers the principles of ecology, including adaptation to the environment, intra- and inter-specific interactions, community and ecosystem dynamics, and biogeography. Weekend field trips and computer laboratory work are essential elements.|
|This paper will focus on microbial cell structure, function, and metabolism. Content and context will be drawn from both human and environmental examples. Students will acquire skills in microbiological laboratory techniques, data collection, data analysis, and report presentation. This paper is required for the Molecular and Cellu...|
|CHEMY204||Analytical Chemistry||18A (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers aspects of analytical chemistry including characterisation using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass-spectrometry (MS); qualitative and quantitative analysis of mixtures using gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)|
|EARTH221||Soil Science||18B (Hamilton)|
|An introduction to the nature, formation, and classification of soils, their physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties, and issues of soil quality, land degradation and sustainable management.|
|EARTH231||Water Resources, Weather and Climate||18A (Hamilton)|
|New Zealand's water resources are coming under increasing pressure for human use, while their management requires that they also provide for healthy freshwater ecosystems. This paper describes the key physical processes that influence the distribution of water in space and time from a New Zealand perspective. Topics covered include...|
|This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography|
|ENVSC201||Environmental Monitoring||18B (Hamilton)|
|An introduction to reasons for, and design and implementation of, environmental monitoring in New Zealand. Skills in data collection, management, presentation, and interpretation are developed for a range of environments using both field data collection and published data-sets.|
|ENVSC202||Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry||18A (Hamilton)|
|This paper is a broad introduction into environmental chemistry and geochemistry including the formation of the elements, chemical evolution of Earth, modern Earth surface processes, fossil fuels and biomarkers, global biogeochemical cycling, atmospheric chemistry and global climate change.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|BIOL312||Applied Terrestrial Ecology||18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)|
|A course that explores ecological principles, ecosystem dynamics and functioning, restoration, conservation genetics, conservation ecology, forest ecosystems, pest control and protection of native species.|
|BIOL313||Applied Freshwater Ecology||18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)|
|An introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers. Topics covered include the structure and function of major freshwater communities, fish and fisheries, human impacts and the management of inland waters.|
|BIOL314||Marine Biology and Monitoring||18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)|
|An introduction to the structure and function of marine ecosystems. This paper also covers human impacts on marine environments, including fisheries, as well as the design of ecological surveys and experiments. Field trip and practical classes are integral to the course.|
|BIOMO303||Advanced Microbiology||This paper will not be taught in 2018.|
|This paper will not be taught in 2018.|
|ERTH333||Pedology and Land Evaluation||18B (Hamilton)|
|Soil genesis and spatial variability, quantitative soil survey and soil-landscape modelling, soil taxonomy, and the interpretation of soil and land data in a form applicable to land-use planning and management.|
|ERTH334||Soil and Land Management||18A (Hamilton)|
|Analysis and interpretation of soil properties relating to land and environmental management. Soil fertility, soil water management, land treatment of wastes, soil degradation and remediation, soil nitrogen and phosphorus cycling.|
|ERTH343||Coastal Geomorphology and Management||18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)|
|A study of the geomorphic development of coastal features. Topics include qualitative and semi-quantitative assessments of coastal hazards, impacts of sea-level rise, dredge spoil disposal, stability of coasts, coastal protection and mitigation of hazards.|
|ERTH344||Coastal Oceanography and Engineering||18A (Hamilton)|
|A study of water movement in estuarine and shelf environments. Methodologies for quantifying processes and responses for coastal planning and management. Evaluation of design conditions for engineering purposes. Introduction to numerical modelling.|
|ERTH345||Catchment Hydrology||18A (Hamilton)|
|A study of the measurement, analysis and modelling of surface hydrological processes at the catchment scale, emphasising river flow, evaporation, interception loss and hillslope runoff processes.|
|ERTH346||Freshwater Resources and Hazards||18B (Hamilton)|
|Overview of freshwater resources and their analysis, with some emphasis on groundwater resources; introduction to hydrological hazards including flood hazard analysis and river contamination modelling.|
Scholarships and prizes
Selected scholarships for Environmental Sciences students.
New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
For students who are enrolled in the final year or have completed a Bachelors degree in Science, agricultural science, agricultural business or economics and are eligible to enrol in a masters degree at a New Zealand University. Up to three scholarships of $30,000 will be available each year + tuition fees.
Closing Date: 10 Aug 2018
For students who are enrolled or are intending to enrol in the final year of a masters degree at the University of Waikato and are undertaking research that applies to the conservation or environmental issues in the Waikato region. The scholarship will have a value of up to $5,000.
For students who are enrolled part- or full-time in a Honours or masters degree at any New Zealand University and are conducting research in any aspect of ecology or management of wetlands. The scholarship will have a value of up to $1,000.
For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.
For full and part-time students, who are enrolling or have enrolled in the first year if a masters degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The scholarship will have a value of up to $1,500.
The Hicks Scholarship Closed
For students who are enrolled or intend to enrol at any New Zealand University to undertake the research portion of their Masters degree in agriculture, horticulture, arborculture, viticulture or animal husbandry. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $15,000.
For students who are enrolled full-time and are undertaking research towards a Masters thesis, Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma. Candidates must be resident in New Zealand for the tenure of the scholarship and their research should relate to the Whanganui River Catchment.
For students who are studying towards a bachelors degree and/or an honours year in agriculture, science (including food technology), business and social science disciplines. These disciplines may lead to careers in the livestock, meat and related agribusiness sectors. The Scholarship is for up to four years and will pay full annual tuition fees, up to $5,000 per year.
For students who have completed a BSc in biology/freshwater ecology, ideally with experience in samplying freshwater ecosystems and undertaking quantitative analyses. The project will compliment and build on freshwater mussel research being conducted at NIWA, the University of Waikato and Landcare Research.
For students who have completed a BSc in biology/freshwater ecology, ideally with experience in sampling freshwater ecosystems and undertaking quantitative analyses. Open to students of any nationality however they must meet the entry requirements of the University of Waikato Masters Programme. The scholarship will have value of $17,500.
For students enrolled in a PhD in the area of environmental studies, natural sciences, but not marine or volcanic studies, in any faculty of relevance at the University of Waikato. Applicants must have completed at least three years of their thesis and be submitting their soft-bound thesis for examination within four years.
Expressions of Interest are sought from students who are intending to enrol full-time in a 120-point masters thesis or a PhD and have a particular interest in one of the specific research areas outlined in the regulations.