Environmental Science


Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science with Honours
Postgraduate Diploma in Science
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

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Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment, incorporating its structure and functioning, and human interactions with the environment.

Environmental Science is an integrative subject that builds on a strong disciplinary base in a major subject such as Biological SciencesChemistryGeography or Geology, with additional relevant study in areas including Antarctic StudiesForestryFreshwater ManagementMathematicsScience, Māori and Indigenous Knowledge, and Statistics.

Why study Environmental Science at UC?

  • UC operates field stations at Cass (in the Canterbury high country), Harihari (South Westland) and Westport that are particularly well-equipped for Environmental Science teaching and research.
  • UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Environmental Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).


To major in Environmental Science you must also meet the requirements for a second Bachelor of Science (BSc) major.

Of the 360 points, you must complete 120 points of core courses, with the additional points made up of courses from the BSc Schedule and your second BSc major.

For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Science.

Career opportunities

Environmental Science is a growth area for employment. Well-educated people with strong technical and communication skills are needed to help identify, to monitor and to contribute to solving a variety of problems associated with the environment and with the use and allocation of resources and sustainability. 

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Environmental Science.

More information

For more information contact the Environmental Science Coordinator:

Phone: +64 3 364 2818
Email: sally.gaw@canterbury.ac.nz

Postal address
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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Helena Ruffell

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