Environmental Planning

Environmental Planning at Waikato develops your knowledge of how human behaviour affects the environment. We'll inspire you to understand how social, economic and cultural aspects, and the physical environment contribute to problems and provide solutions.

Daisy Ager

Bachelor of Environmental Planning
After spending a year abroad on a cultural exchange in Egypt, Tauranga-born Daisy returned to New Zealand to commence her tertiary studies at Waikato. “Hamilton was close to home, but at the same time a new place to live and explore.”

Layla Croker

Bachelor of Environmental Planning
Working as the Regulatory Administration Officer for the Pollution Prevention team in Tauranga, Layla Croker has the sole responsibility of monitoring the installation of water bores in the region.

Hannah Divehall

Bachelor of Social Sciences
Hannah is part of a team that works with the community to develop and create long term plans and strategies that set out management directions and future aspirations for public conservation land across New Zealand.

Lana Gooderham

Bachelor of Environmental Planning
Choosing to study Environmental Planning at Waikato was an easy choice for South African-born, Lana Gooderham, a girl who loves the environment and had heard about the uniqueness and reputation of the Bachelor of Environmental Planning.

Joe Henehan

Bachelor of Environmental Planning
Joe Henehan chose to study at Waikato because he wanted somewhere close to home, but away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland.

During your Environmental Planning studies, we'll involve you in a variety of other academic pursuits that enable you to understand the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. You'll take papers in the social and natural sciences and make direct connections between human behaviour, politics and the natural environment.

Learning isn't all in the classroom, either. We take frequent field trips to explore first-hand the impact humans have on the local environment. You'll do practical group research projects such as investigate urban regeneration of the Central Business District and study policy options to manage human impact on coastal dune systems.

If you study Environmental Planning under the Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) then you will gain an internationally recognised qualification that is professionally accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). This means our students gain employment in their area of interest and after graduation start jobs as planners, consultants, environmental protection officers, or policy analysts, and work for companies like Fonterra and Genesis Energy.

It's a vocational programme, which means you'll have the professional qualification, skills and expertise that will enable you to make a positive impact on the places you love and the places you live.

 Career opportunities

  • Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Policy Analyst
  • Private Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Researcher

100 level

200 level

Principles of EcologyBIOEB20215.0 Points
Soil ScienceEARTH22115.0 Points
Water Resources, Weather and ClimateEARTH23115.0 Points
OceanographyEARTH24115.0 Points
Understanding the Global EconomyECONS20015.0 Points
Economic Growth and WellbeingECONS20215.0 Points
Economics of Land, Water and EnvironmentECONS20415.0 Points
Environmental PlanningENVPL20015.0 Points
Introduction to Resource ManagementENVPL20115.0 Points
Cartography and Spatial AnalysisENVPL20215.0 Points
Environmental MonitoringENVSC20115.0 Points
Health, People, PlaceGEOGY20915.0 Points
Maori Lands and CommunitiesGEOGY21915.0 Points
Nga Iho Matua: Maori PhilosophyMAORI20215.0 Points
Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous PeoplesMAORI20315.0 Points
Te Reo Maori: Intermediate 1MAORI21115.0 Points
Te Reo Maori: Intermediate 2MAORI21215.0 Points
Maori PoliticsMAORI25015.0 Points
Environmental EthicsPHILO21715.0 Points
Public Policy: International PerspectivesPOLCY21215.0 Points
Modern Political ThinkersPOLSC20115.0 Points
Political Systems around the WorldPOLSC21115.0 Points
Population StudiesPOPST20115.0 Points
Preparation for the Professional WorkplaceSCIE27910.0 Points
Social Policy and Social IssuesSOCPY20015.0 Points

300 level

Advanced New Zealand AgribusinessAGRI30420.0 Points
Maori Heritage ManagementANTH32520.0 Points
Applied Terrestrial EcologyBIOL31220.0 Points
Applied Freshwater EcologyBIOL31320.0 Points
Marine Biology and MonitoringBIOL31420.0 Points
Microeconomics and Business EconomicsECON30220.0 Points
EconometricsECON30420.0 Points
Environmental and Natural Resource EconomicsECON31520.0 Points
Economics, Law and PolicyECON31720.0 Points
Urban and Regional EconomicsECON33920.0 Points
Maori Planning and Resource ManagementENVP30520.0 Points
Planning in Aotearoa/New ZealandENVP30620.0 Points
Planning for SustainabilityENVP30720.0 Points
Planning Methods and Environmental AppraisalENVP30820.0 Points
Special Topic: Planning MethodsENVP36110.0 Points
Directed StudyENVP39020.0 Points
Sedimentary and Petroleum GeologyERTH32220.0 Points
Pedology and Land EvaluationERTH33310.0 Points
Soil and Land ManagementERTH33410.0 Points
Coastal Geomorphology and ManagementERTH34320.0 Points
Coastal Oceanography and EngineeringERTH34420.0 Points
Catchment HydrologyERTH34510.0 Points
Freshwater Resources and HazardsERTH34610.0 Points
Engineering GeologyERTH35210.0 Points
Advanced Environmental MonitoringERTH38410.0 Points
Work PlacementFASS39620.0 Points
Research in Geography and Environmental PlanningGEOG30120.0 Points
Disasters and DevelopmentGEOG30620.0 Points
Gender, Place and CultureGEOG30920.0 Points
Colonial Treaties and Tribal Lands: Comparative StudiesGEOG32320.0 Points
Geographic Information SystemsGEOG32820.0 Points
Global Environmental Politics and PolicyPOLS31820.0 Points
Science Work Placement 2SCIE37220.0 Points
Science Work Placement 3SCIE37320.0 Points
Reflection on Professional Workplace ExperienceSCIE37910.0 Points
Social PolicySOCP30220.0 Points

400 level

Prescriptions for the GradCert(EnvPlan) and GradDip(EnvPlan)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Environmental Planning at an advanced level in their first degree. To complete the GradDip(EnvPlan) students must complete 120 points at 100 level or above, including ENVP206, ENVP306, and a further 80 points from ENVP papers listed for Environmental Planning, of which 60 points must be at 300 level or above.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(EnvPlan), PGDip(EnvPlan), BSocSc(Hons) and MEP

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Environmental Planning papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Environmental Planning papers or all their undergraduate Environmental Planning papers.

Students who have not met these criteria may be admitted to 500 level Environmental Planning papers based on academic merit and relevant work experience. In such cases, students must consult the Programme Convenor to plan an appropriate programme of study. This may require completing the GradCert(EnvPlan) or GradDip(EnvPlan).

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Planning students must complete 60 points at 500 level, including ENVP503, ENVP504, ENVP510 and ENVS524.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Planning students must complete 120 points at 500 level, comprising ENVP503, ENVP504, ENVP505, ENVP508, ENVP510, ENVS524 and a further 30 points from papers listed for Environmental Planning.

Students wishing to pursue less specified planning related graduate study should consider the BSocSc(Hons) in the subject area of Resources and Environmental Planning. To complete a BSocSc(Hons), students must gain 120 points at 500 level in Environmental Planning, including at least 30 points in research (ENVP591), ENVP510, ENVS524, and 60 points from papers listed for Environmental Planning or papers approved by the Programme Convenor for Environmental Planning. Students considering progressing to the MEP should check the prerequisites for entry.

The requirements for admission to the MEP are set out in the Faculty Graduate Handbook.

To complete an MEP, students must normally complete 120 points at 500 level or above in papers listed for Environmental Planning, including either a 60-point dissertation or a 90-point thesis or 120-point thesis. The degree includes the option of a practicum paper, which may be particularly suitable for those candidates employed in the planning profession. Students should note the prerequisite papers.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Environmental Planning is available as a specified programme for the BEP, and is also available as a major for the BSc, BSc(Tech) and BSocSc. Environmental Planning may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete the specified programme in Environmental Planning for the BEP, students must complete the compulsory papers:
ENVP106, TIKA163, and 45 points from: BIOL102, ECON100, ECON110, ENVS101, ERTH103, ERTH104, GEOG103, POLS100, POLS105, SOCP102
ENVP206, ENVP207, ENVP217, GEOG219
ENVP305, ENVP306, ENVP307, ENVP308
ENVP403, ENVP404, ENVP405, ENVP406, ENVP408

Note: ERTH284 may not be counted towards the BEP.

Students must also complete the requirements of a planning stream: 130 points, of which at least 100 points must be above 100 level, including 60 points above 200 level.  The BEP planning streams are set out below.

Planning streams for the BEP

Students must complete one of six planning streams available for the BEP. All planning streams require 130 points, including the compulsory paper ENVP408, and a further 110 points of which at least 80 must be above 100 level, including 40 points above 200 level. The planning streams are organised into two pathways: the Environmental Science and Resource Planning pathway and the Socio-Economic Policy and Planning pathway.

The Environmental Science and Resource Planning pathway will appeal to those who wish to work in regional councils or in environmental organisations and has three planning streams:

Coastal and Marine Environments
Students must complete BIOL102, BIOL212, ERTH242, BIOL314, ENVP408, 15 points from ENVS101, ERTH103, ERTH104 or GEOG103, and 20 points from ERTH343 or ERTH344.
Freshwater Environments
Students must complete BIOL102, BIOL212, BIOL313, ERTH384, ENVP408, 15 points from ENVS101, ERTH103, ERTH104 or GEOG103, and 30 points from ERTH245, ERTH246, ERTH345 or ERTH346.
Terrestrial Environments
Students must complete BIOL102, BIOL212, BIOL312, ERTH384, ENVP408, and 15 points from ENVS101, ERTH103, ERTH104 or GEOG103, and 20 points from either ERTH233 and ERTH333, or ERTH251 and ERTH352, and 10 points from ERTH233, ERTH234 or ERTH251.

The Socio-Economic Policy and Planning pathway will appeal to those interested in more policy-oriented positions and also has three planning streams:

Society, Politics and the Environment
Students must complete ENVP408, 30 points from GEOG101, GEOG103, POLS100, POLS105 or SOCP102, 40 points from GEOG209, GEOG224, POPS201, POLS212 or SOCP206 and 40 points from GEOG301, GEOG306, GEOG309, GEOG323, GEOG328, POLS318, POLS328, SOCP302 or TOST306.

Environmental Economics
Students must complete ECON100, ECON110, ECON217/ECON317, ECON315, ENVP408, and 40 points from ECON200, ECON202/ECON302, ECON204, AGRI304, ECON304 or ECON339.

Pubic Policy and the Environment
Students must complete POLS212, ENVP408, 15 points from GEOG103, POLS100, POLS105 or SOCP102, 15 points from ECON100, ECON110 or GEOG103, and 60 points from ECON202/ECON302, ECON217/ECON317, POLS211, SOCP206, ECON315, GEOG309, POLS318, POLS328 or SOCP302.

To complete a major in Environments Planning for the BSocSc, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Environment Planning comprising ENVP206, ENVP217, GEOG219, ENVP306 and 40 points from ENVP305, ENVP307 or ENVP308.  It is recommended that students intending to major in Environmental Planning include ENVP106 and GEOG103 in the first year of their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 and 300 levels.

The requirements for the Environmental Planning major for the BSc and BSc(Tech) can be obtainted from the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

Note: The Bachelor of Environmental Planning is an accredited degree, but the Environmental Planning major in the BSocSc, BSc, and BSc(Tech) is not an accredited programme.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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