Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

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Turn your interest in the environment into a career

Studying environmental science at Massey will give you the tools and understanding needed to help create a sustainable path for New Zealand and the world.

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What is it like?

Join one of New Zealand’s leading universities in the study of environmental impacts. You will be taught by experts in this field and will be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise and teaching programme in many different areas related to this field, for example agricultural production.

Making the connection

Environmental science focuses on the connections between humans and their natural environments.

Managing and mitigating human impacts on the environment is crucial for New Zealand, and much of the world. Our reputation depends on us becoming truly clean and green despite the increased pressure on the environment.

Improve our planet

The Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) will see you become involved in Massey’s aims to develop a sustainable path for the future by solving real-world issues such as managing natural resources and environmental impacts. Through lab work and field trips to water treatment plants and a range of managed and mismanaged environments across the North Island, you’ll explore processes and investigate interactions between pollutants, soils, water quality and more. From there you can help to address issues in the food sector, by combining environmental science with a major in agriculture, horticulture, geography or soil science.

To take your studies overseas, you can progress on into our postgraduate programme in environmental management. Students in this programme carry out research all over the world offering their knowledge in global contexts. For example, a current international project involves students who are examining environments at complex borders between countries in Africa.

Internationally recognised

Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 250 university environmental sciences programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

Taught by the experts

Our researchers and teachers have an excellent reputation. They are widely published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and are often asked for their expert knowledge. You will be taught by experts in physical geography, soil biology, chemistry, freshwater management, ecological economics, environmental technology, and in sociology. Integrating these diverse fields is what an environmental scientist does - we’ll show you how!


Some of the topics taught in environmental science courses include:

  • New Zealand environmental issues
  • Global environmental issues
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Environmental science field work


New Zealand’s science institutions want employees who know their industry and therefore invest in the future workforce by providing scholarships to students. Why not have a crack at helping fund your study with a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars on offer every year? For more information visit:

A good fit if you:

  • Have a passion for the environment
  • Enjoy sciences, especially biology
  • Have an interest in geography
  • Want to try to solve environmental problems
Milly Farquhar
Bachelor of Science
(Environmental Science)
Land Management Officer - BOP Regional Council

“Study at Massey really opened my eyes to the many environmental wrong-doings happening in New Zealand and sparked my passion for protecting the environment…”

I have always loved the outdoors and this degree allowed me to see some really amazing places. I found it challenging at times but it really helped that I was studying something I love.

I’m working as a land management officer at Bay of Plenty Regional Council. My degree prepared me with many of the fundamental skills to carry out the role while also giving me a good base line of technical knowledge.

I spend half my days in the field and the other half in the office. Fieldwork includes providing assistance and advice on sustainable land uses such as a biodiversity protection and riparian management. In the office I draft reports, use GIS mapping software, and do small amounts of financial reporting and reconciliations amongst other things.

Environmental Science is a field that will continue to grow, now and in the future, as the state of our environment continues to decline we are going to need more and more people managing and researching our natural resources.


There are a number paths open to graduates with a BSc in Environmental Science who want to turn their interest in the environment into a career. Potential employers both in New Zealand and overseas include Central Government, Regional, District and City Councils, private sector consultants, and entrepreneurs. You may also find employment in one of these areas.

  • Environmental planning and policy
  • Coastal management
  • Landscape management
  • Soil and water
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Geographic information systems
  • Tourism and recreation
  • Development
  • National parks
  • Renewable energy
  • Biodiversity management

A pass with good grades can lead to postgraduate studies, then to a career in research or tertiary teaching

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