Environmental Sciences Papers at Tauranga (2020)

Environmental Sciences are interdisciplinary with a focus on ecology, soil and water environments and geochemistry.

Environmental Sciences is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech)). Environmental Sciences may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Environmental Sciences as a single major for the BSc and BSc(Tech), students must gain 135 points including EARTH101, ENVSC101, ENVSC201 and ENVPL303; one of BIOEB202 or BIOMO203; one of CHEMY204 or ENVSC202; one of EARTH221, EARTH231 or EARTH241; and two papers in different subject areas from BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305, BIOMO303, CHEMY304, EARTH313, EARTH321, EARTH322, EARTH331, EARTH341, EARTH342, or ENVSC302.

To complete Environmental Sciences as part of a double major for the BSc, BSc(Tech) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points including EARTH101, ENVSC101, ENVSC201 and ENVPL303; one of BIOEB202 or BIOMO203; one of CHEMY204 or ENVSC202; one of EARTH221, EARTH231 or EARTH241; one of BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305, BIOMO303, CHEMY304, EARTH313, EARTH321, EARTH322, EARTH331, EARTH341, EARTH342 or ENVSC302.

To complete a minor in Environmental Sciences, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Environmental Sciences major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must include ENVSC101 and ENVSC201.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Environmental Sciences in 2017 or prior should contact the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science for programme advice.



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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB102Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the principles of ecology and biodiversity. Topics include population, community and ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, and the structure, functioning and environmental responses of animals and plants. Examples will include New Zealand ecosystems and biota.
    CHEMY100Chemistry in Context20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
    EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with a focus on physical processes. Topics covered include coastal processes and hazards; climate change; weathering; erosion and mass movement; soil formation; the hydrological cycle; rive...
    ENVSC101Environmental Science20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
    A scientific study of the interaction between humans and the environment including climate change, utilisation and exploitation of natural resources and the effects of human activities on biological, chemical and physical processes that form resources and control ecosystems.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB202Principles of Ecology20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper covers the principles of ecology, including adaptation to the environment, intra- and inter-specific interactions, community and ecosystem dynamics, and biogeography. Weekend field trips and computer laboratory work are essential elements.
    EARTH241Oceanography20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography
    ENVSC201Environmental Monitoring20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to reasons for, and design and implementation of, environmental monitoring in New Zealand. Skills in data collection, management, presentation, and interpretation are developed for a range of environments using both field data collection and published data-sets.
    ENVSC202Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper is a broad introduction into environmental chemistry and geochemistry including the formation of the elements, chemical evolution of Earth, modern Earth surface processes, fossil fuels and biomarkers, global biogeochemical cycling, atmospheric chemistry and global climate change.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB303Terrestrial Ecology20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper explores ecological theory to understand the dynamics, functioning, and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems in New Zealand and across the globe. Labs, workshops, and a weekend field trip are core components of this paper.
    BIOEB304Freshwater Ecology20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers. Topics covered include the structure and function of major freshwater communities, fish and fisheries, human impacts and the management of inland waters.
    BIOEB305Marine Ecology20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. The paper explores the fundamentals of ecology (e.g. disturbance/recovery, recruitment, organism interactions with their environment, nutrient cycles, limits on productivity) in a marine setting. We also cover human impacts on marine environments including fishe...
    EARTH342Coastal Geomorphology and Management20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper focuses on understanding of coastal processes, sediments, and evolution of coastal landforms as a basis for coastal management. Topics covered include coastal sediments and processes; coastal landforms, their origin and evolution; coastal hazards and their mitigation; and case studies of coastal issues.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENVS594Environmental Sciences Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research - 120 points.
    SCIEN589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20C (Hamilton) & 20C (Tauranga)
    No description available.
    SCIEN592Dissertation20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    SCIEN593Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SCIEN594Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENVS900Environmental Sciences PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20I (Tauranga), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 14 August 2020 10:33am

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