Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies)

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Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies) structure

These are the four compulsory courses. You can choose the rest of the courses for your major so they reflect your specific interests and passions.

Where do I start?

Completing a 100-level sociology course is a prerequisite for the 200-level compulsory course 176.206. This 100-level course should be taken in first year.

  • 145.111 Society, Environment and Place

An introduction to the diversity of human geography. Three themes are selected from the following: local-global connections; geography of leisure and consumption;

Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Environmental Studies but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in Development Studies, Geography, Politics, Social Anthropology, or Sociology to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:

230.110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
145.111 Society, Environment and Place
176.101 Intro to Sociology
121.103 NZ Environments

Choose two electives from:

131.121 Rich World, Poor World
145.121 Intro to Physical Geography
146.101 Intro to Social Anthropology
146.102 Endangered Cultures
150.114 Māori Custom, Lore and Economics
176.102 NZ Society
176.104 Identity and Culture in NZ
200.161 Intro to Politics
200.162 Politics and Public Policy in NZ

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas e.g. Business via the course search webpage.


From a base of a 100-level Geography course, you develop your study of environmental issues through examining New Zealand's Environmental Issues along with techniques of social research then advancing to Global Environmental issues. From these compulsory elements you can develop your own particular interest areas whether they are Geography, Social Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics or sustainable development.

Major requirements

A major in Environmental Studies consists of 135 credits (nine courses).

Note: the courses with prefix number 121 and 132 count towards the maximum number of courses you can take from other degrees other than the Bachelor of Arts degree. Therefore once you have passed the compulsory 121 prefix courses you will only be able to take another seven courses from other degrees.


A minor consists of 75 credits in Environmental Studies, including 145.111, 121.211 or 121.210, 176.308; 15 credits at 200 or 300-level and 15 credits at any level from the Environmental Studies schedule.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the 'Regulations' button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

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