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Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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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.

132.111 Oranga Taiao, Oranga Tangata: Planning and the Environment
145.111 Society, Environment and Place
121.210 Environmental Issues
145.202 Working with Geographic Data

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
132.111 Oranga Taiao, Oranga Tangata: Planning and the Environment

Choose three electives from

121.103 NZ Environments
131.121 Rich World, Poor World
132.112 Planning for Sustainable Development
145.121 Intro to Physical Geography
146.101 Intro to Social Anthropology
146.102 Endangered Cultures
150.114 He Tirohanga O Mua: Māori Custom, Lore and Economics
176.101 The Sociological Imagination
176.106 The Stuff of Everyday Life
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 (eg 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).

Minor requirements

A minor consists of 75 credits in Environmental Studies, including 145.111, 121.210 or 134.218, 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 check the regulations. 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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