Natural Environment

For the people ready to protect our planet.

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Our graduates are well placed to protect and sustanably manage our environment

The growing human population is expected to exceed 9 billion within the next 40 years. The need to provide for increasing human demands, while protecting and sustainably managing the environment, is one of our greatest global challenges. Environmental studies is at the core of this challenge.

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Be part of the climate solution

This degree is the first of its kind in the world and combines scientific knowledge of the biophysical world with understanding of economic and political systems and the impacts on Māori, Pacific and Indigenous communities.

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Taking care of our natural world

We take a strong interdisciplinary approach so our students gain skills applying the biological, chemical and Earth sciences to understand and manage the impacts of human activities on the environment.

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Fight for a sustainable future

Learn from leading professors and researchers in the sustainability field and develop skills to change the way we tackle environmental challenges. Find our more about our researchers tackling climate change, biodiversity and conservation.

Connected to the sea

Our Tauranga campus offers the only science research facility in New Zealand specifically configured to address the real issues of our engagement with the sea in terms of environmental sustainability, and also with a strong theme of innovation in creating wealth from our marine resources.

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Get involved on campus

Connect with like-minded students, staff and the wider community. Waikato and Tauranga Eco Campus host workshops, tree planting, community hīkoi and much more! It's a great way to develop a deeper passion for the environment, volunteer, and get connected.