Faculty of Science

Environmental Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.


If your interests in the natural world are diverse, and your passions for them are strong, a major in Environmental Studies is for you. You can study a range of topics from Architecture to Māori Resource Management, from Antarctica to urban land use.

This multidisciplinary nature is reflected in the wide range of courses with environmental content offered for the degree, including courses in Architecture, Biological Sciences, Design, Earth Sciences, Law, Economics, Geography, Māori Studies, Marine Biology, Political Science or Public Policy.

This range reflects the breadth and depth of expertise at Victoria, and Victoria's recognition of the importance of environmental issues to our future. The growth in environmental awareness creates many career opportunities in local and national government and the private sector.

Environmental Studies courses can be put towards a major in Environmental Studies and pairs well with many other disciplines as a double major. One course also forms part of the BA major in Māori Resource Management. Environmental Studies will add an environmental element useful to many careers.

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Undergraduate information

BSc major requirements

  1. GEOG 111, 112, ENVI 114,  STAT 193 or equivalent
  2. ENVI 214; one theory or policy-based course and one practice or applied course at 200-level course
  3. ENVI 314; one theory or policy-based course and one practice or applied course at 300-level course  

A list of approved courses is included in the Environmental Studies Prospectus.

Postgraduate information

Please visit our postgraduate study pages for information about postgraduate qualifications in Environmental Studies.

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Environmental Studies courses are taught within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cotton Building, blocks A and B.

School Office
Phone: +64 4 463 6108
Email: geo-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

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Career opportunities

The skills that you can learn in Environmental Studies are relevant to a number of career paths. This might include careers that specialise in the environment, such as environmental policy, planning, or management.

Alternatively, it might include careers that make use of the thinking and research skills that you can build up in the Environmental Studies programme.

It should be noted however, that in order to gain employment in the field of environmental management, it is generally necessary to gain postgraduate qualifications.

Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Biological Sciences
Māori Studies
Marine Biology
Political Science
Public Policy

Crown research institutes
Mineral exploration
Resource manager
Resource planner
Risk manager

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List of courses

100 Level Courses

ENVI 114 – Environment and Resources: the Foundations

200 Level Courses

ENVI 214 – Environment and Resources: New Zealand Perspectives

300 Level Courses

ENVI 314 – Advanced Environment and Resources: Global Issues

GEOG 313 – Geographies of New Zealand