Environmental Sciences is the interdisciplinary study of the environment and how we manage it. It draws on all the sciences, particularly ecology and earth sciences.
There is growing recognition, at local and global levels, of the need to manage our soil, ecological, marine, mineral and energy resources in a sustainable manner. As an environmental scientist or technician, you'll have the chance to become directly involved in the effective management of these precious resources.
If you decide to major in Environmental Sciences at the University of Waikato, you'll take a range of papers from across the biological, chemical and Earth sciences, giving you a broad base on which to build your career.
You will learn about the important role micro-organisms play in underpinning environmental processes, from recycling nutrients to bioremediation of contaminated sites.
Learn to use computer models to understand and predict changes in a range of environments such as estuaries, lakes, rivers, coastlines, climate, and the ocean.
Land and Freshwater Environments
Discover the importance of the sustainable management of soil and water resources for human survival, biodiversity and wider ecological values.
Explore marine organisms and the sustainable management of marine environments, including processes such as the effects of coastal erosion and sedimentation.
As an Environmental Sciences student at the University of Waikato, you will have access to the University's well-equipped laboratories, becoming familiar with complex research equipment and techniques. You'll be working alongside, and learning from, well-respected researchers, industry professionals and academics.
- Agricultural Adviser
- Biosecurity Officer
- Coastal Resource Manager
- Consent Planner
- Environmental Analyst
- Environmental Scientist
- Water Resource Manager
Study Environmental Sciences in any of these qualifications
|The Biology of Organisms||BIOL102||15.0 Points|
|Chemistry in Context||CHEM100||15.0 Points|
|Environmental Science||ENVS101||15.0 Points|
|Discovering Planet Earth||ERTH103||15.0 Points|
|Earth and Ocean Environments||ERTH104||15.0 Points|
|Resources and Environmental Sustainability||GEOG103||15.0 Points|
|Statistics for Science||STAT111||15.0 Points|
|Analytical Tools for the Life and Environmental Sciences||CHEM200||20.0 Points|
|Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry||CHEM261||20.0 Points|
|Soils in the Landscape||ERTH233||10.0 Points|
|Soil Properties and their Management||ERTH234||10.0 Points|
|Weather and Climate||ERTH245||10.0 Points|
|Introduction to Hydrology||ERTH246||10.0 Points|
|Applied Terrestrial Ecology||BIOL312||20.0 Points|
|Applied Freshwater Ecology||BIOL313||20.0 Points|
|Marine Biology and Monitoring||BIOL314||20.0 Points|
|Applied Environmental Geochemistry||CHEM361||20.0 Points|
|Pedology and Land Evaluation||ERTH333||10.0 Points|
|Soil and Land Management||ERTH334||10.0 Points|
|Coastal Geomorphology and Management||ERTH343||20.0 Points|
|Coastal Oceanography and Engineering||ERTH344||20.0 Points|
|Catchment Hydrology||ERTH345||10.0 Points|
|Freshwater Resources and Hazards||ERTH346||10.0 Points|
Environmental Sciences is not currently available for the BSc(Hons) or MSc. However, students may count 500 level Environmental Sciences papers towards their graduate programme in another subject, at the discretion of the Graduate Convenor.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(EnvSci), PGDip(EnvSci) and MSc (Research)
Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. SCIE501 is compulsory, and it is strongly recommended that students include ENVS524. Normally, no more than 60 points from outside the field of Environmental Sciences may be taken as part of an MSc(Research) in this subject. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Convenor.
Scholarships and prizes
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: 2016-08-08 23:59:00
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.Closing Date: 2016-12-16 23:59:00
For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00
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.Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00