Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification; see Massey University undergraduate entry requirements. It is strongly recommended (but not compulsory) that students beginning their study of environmental science should have a sound background in at least one of biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics at NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent).

If you have not done NCEA Level 3 biology or physics, you can take 162.103 Introductory Biology or 124.100 Introductory Physics before beginning your programme. Similarly, if you have some chemistry background, but not to NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent), we recommend that you take 123.103 Introductory Chemistry. This course will introduce you to basic chemical vocabulary and provides training in the important chemical principles. Before enrolling in these courses you will need a university entrance qualification or, if you enrol over the summer, you must achieve the university entrance requirements before the beginning of Semester One.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


Possible First Year

247.155 Communication in the Sciences
233.101 Introductory Earth Science
145.121 Introduction to Physical Geography
121.103 NZ Environments
161.130 Introductory Biostatistics


In addition to these five courses, choose three elective courses. It is easy to select additional 100-level (first year) courses that will allow you to add another major or minor to your degree or pursue an alternative major in your second year. Check that any additional majors and minors that you would like to add are available at your campus or can be completed with distance study.

  • If you have started with a Veterinary Science Intermediate in Semester One you can continue into the Environmental Science major in Semester Two. You will have 123.101 Chemistry & Living Systems, 124.111 Physics for Life Science, 162.101 Biology of Cells and 199.101 Biology of Animals which are suitable electives.
  • We recommend that you include a chemistry course in your programme such as 123.103 Introductory Chemistry as well as 189.151 Soil Properties & Processes.
  • If you are interested in Geography, ensure you include 145.111 Society, Environment & Place and add two electives
  • If you are interested in Plant Science, ensure you include 120.101 Biology of Plants and 284.101 Production Horticulture

With this selection of courses, you will have also met the first year requirements for the Earth Science major.

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