Bachelor of Science (Earth Science)

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. See Massey University undergraduate entry requirements.

Intending students are recommended to take english, mathematics, chemistry, physics and geography up to NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent).

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


Students are expected to take core courses in stratigraphy and structure, structural geology, volcanology and mineralogy, and pedology and geology. Thereafter you choose from courses in sedimentology and paleoenvironments, plate tectonics and New Zealand geology, remote sensing, geographical information systems, and field work courses.

A major in Earth Science is available internally at the Manawatu campus, and courses required for a major are available via distance learning (but not necessarily all in any one year).

Some students select Earth Science courses to complement majors in Chemistry, Ecology, Geography, Plant Science, Zoology, and the minor in Environmental Science.

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please click on the regulations button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected. .

For each course, check for prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, by searching the course code in the Course Search.

Possible First Year

Internal students, Manawatu campus

247.155 Communication in the Sciences
233.101 Introductory Earth Science
145.121 Introduction to Physical Geography*
189.151 Soil Properties and Processes*
161.120 Introductory Statistics

*189.151 may be taken instead of 145.121 but it is recommended to take both courses to give the greatest choice of courses at 200-level


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.

  • We recommend that you include a Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics course in your programme.
  • 121.103 New Zealand Environments is a recommended elective in the first year. Add two further electives.
  • If you are interested in Chemistry, ensure you include 123.101 Chemistry & Living Systems, 123.102 Chemistry & the Material World, and 160.103 Introductory Mathematics or 160.111 Mathematics 1A
  • If you are interested in Environmental Science, ensure you include 121.103 NZ Environments and add two electives
  • If you are interested in Geography, ensure you include 145.111 Society, Environment & Place and add two electives
  • If you are interested in Computing, ensure you include 158.100 Computer Applications & the Information Age or 159.171 Computational Thinking & Software Development or 159.101 Programming Fundamentals.

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