Environmental Science - Course Advice - Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Studying Environmental Science at Canterbury

forestEnvironmental Science is more that just a subject stream, we have determined that it is important enough to warrant it being an endorsement to the degree. What this means is that rather than just gaining a BSc in Biological Sciences you gain a BSc in Biological Sciences (Environmental Sciences). This tells prospective employers that you have a degree that is much wider than just biology and that it has a focus on environmental issues.

Environmental Science is bigger than just biology, it includes subjects such as law, chemistry, geography, geology and forestry. It is all about identifying aspects of the environment and having the right tools to manage it. So to graduate with Environmental Science you need to be much broader than a single subject area. Obviously you will not be able to study all of the listed areas in depth, but you should aim to take a wide range of topics in your first year and at least two subject areas in your second year.

Career paths

Graduates with an endorsement in Environmental Science are likely to find employment with organisations involved with managing the environment, such as Christchurch City Council, Ecan, DoC, Cawthron Institute, Landcare.

Postgraduate

  • BSc (Hons) - Students complete a fourth year of study comprising four 400-level papers and a research project.
  • PGDipSc - Students complete a fourth year of study comprising four 400-level papers.
  • MSc - Students complete a fourth year of study comprising four 400-level papers (part I), followed by a one year research project (part II), written up as a thesis.
  • PhD - Students complete a 3 year research project written up as a thesis. Entry is after successful completion of either BSc(Hons) or an MSc.

Planning Your Degree

Below is a guide to help you select courses that will give you a well rounded degree in ecology.

Full regulations for endorsements can be found at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/award/bsc_schedule_endorsements.shtml

Year 1

Core

Complementary

  • BIOL 111 Cellular Biology & Biochemistry
  • GEOL 113 Environmental Geohazards
  • SCIM 101 Science, Maori and Indigenous Knowledge

Year 2

Core

We recommend you follow the guidelines from the streams listed below to choose courses of interest for your 200-level.

Year 3

Core

  • At least 60 points in your major (BIOL).

We recommend you follow the guidelines from the streams listed below to choose courses of interest for your 300-level.