Our Bachelor program offers students the broadest scope of any Environmental Management degree course in New Zealand.
Students will study:
An exciting, hands-on course with a host of field trips, guest speakers and industry-related research projects, the Bachelor of Environmental Management prepares graduates for employment in a wide and growing number of careers.
The degree will prepare graduates for employment in a wide and growing number of careers in the environment and energy-related fields, or for further advanced study in specialist areas such as environmental health, or policy and planning.
Our graduates now work in positions such as, resource management planner, consents and compliance officer, pest management controller,
researcher, technician, environmental monitoring, analyst, auditor, geographic information systems operator (GIS), conservation roles, farm manager, air quality monitoring , geological monitoring, ecological tourism, sustainable businesses or waste management.More than 85% of our graduates have gone into employment or further study in these fields.
The programme will provide students with exposure to a wide range of potential employers or clients in the areas of environmental management e.g. central, regional and local government; primary production and energy related industries.
Graduates will have well-developed theoretical knowledge coupled with relevant applied skills. Bachelor of Environmental Management graduates may be eligible to articulate to postgraduate programmes in environmental management at other tertiary institutions, both within New Zealand and overseas.
Further advanced study can be completed in specialist areas such as environmental health, or policy and planning.
Our graduates now work in positions such as:
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EM100 Data Management and Introductory Biometrics
Provides students with mathematical, analytical, and computing skills sufficient to achieve an understanding of how to source, collect, manipulate, analyse, interpret, and present data relevant to environmental sciences.
EM101 Resource Management and Environmental Law
Introduces students to the concepts, principles, and applications of environmental law, its historical and current context, and the various Acts that currently govern environmental law and related legislation within New Zealand society.
EM102 Work Environment Skills
Provides students with practical knowledge of various instruments, techniques, machinery, and Occupational Health and Safety requirements that they will encounter on entering the workforce.
EM104 Ecological Principles and Conservation in New Zealand
Provides students with an understanding of the ecological and biological principles fundamental to New Zealand ecosystem management.
EM105 Marine and Freshwater Ecology
Provides a basic knowledge and understanding of the ecological factors which characterise coastal, marine, fluvial, and lacustrine environments. The potential impacts of various management activities will also be explored.
EM106 Conservation Management
Explores the problems and challenges with managing the New Zealand environment.
EM107 Environmental Science 1: Introduction to Chemistry
Students will acquire knowledge of the basic concepts of chemistry as it applies to environmental management. On successful completion of this paper, the student will be able to describe the fundamental chemical concepts of atomic theory, chemical bonding and chemical reactions, demonstrate knowledge of the major chemical cycles and their influence on the environment and have an understanding of the phenomenon of pH and its relevance to environmental science.
EM110 Introduction to Renewable Energy
Introduces students to concepts of sustainability and renewable energy (RE) in the context of energy production and utilisation. Reviews existing and emerging renewable energy sources.
EM200 Research and Statistics
Prepares students for professional practice by presenting research as a uniting strategy for practice, theory, and scholarship. Both scientific and interpretive knowledge will be drawn upon in preparing the student to become a competent practitioner of research. Students will also be assisted in developing skills as a beginning researcher.
EM202 Earth Science and Environmental Management
Students will learn to relate earth architecture, earth cycles, and earth geomorphology to the current environmental situation. They will investigate the relationship between surface features, surface processes, chemical constraints, and ecology and habitats. This paper introduces students to the concepts and applications of remotely sensed data and the application of these data to geological and environmental problems.
EM203 Land and Freshwater Environmental Management
Students will consider the issues that influence environmental management of land and freshwater at global, national, and local scales. This includes consideration of political, economic, social, and environmental and regulatory factors influencing decision making.
EM205 Marine and Coastal Environmental Management
Students will consider and assess the issues that influence marine and coastal environmental management at a global, national, and regional level.
EM206 Conservation and Environmental Management
This paper extends the theoretical knowledge, skills, and experience of students gained in EM100 level papers relating to environmental management. It also expands on concepts pertaining to ecological theory and ecological processes through time and introduces concepts of habitat restoration and protection.
EM208 Environmental Science 2: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetic and Microbiology
Students will acquire knowledge of the basic concepts of organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics as they apply to environmental management.
EM209 Geographic Information Systems
This paper provides a foundation for understanding and applying what GIS is, its functionality and applications in a real world GIS context.
Choose one of the two following papers:
EM210 Renewable Energy Technologies
This paper expands on EM110 and extends students' knowledge of the concepts and principles associated with renewable energy technology with an emphasis on commercially available and small-scale applications. It includes terminology and measurement units employed and basic manipulation of data relating to energy systems.
EM211 Sustainable Food Systems 1
This paper considers and assesses the issues, theories and concepts that are involved in the development of sustainable food systems. Social, environmental and economic issues associated with sustainable food systems are discussed, along with a range of real-world examples and initiatives explored.
EM300 Research I
Students will apply their knowledge and gain industry experience within an environmental management related context. The cooperative experience is structured to allow students to critically reflect on the relationship between academic studies and practice and to develop the capabilities of teamwork and problem solving. Students will prepare a proposal for an industry related project which will be research orientated and beneficial to the environmental management context.
EM301 Research II
This paper will provide an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and gain further industry experience with the environmental management context previously selected. Students will complete a project which will be research orientated.
EM304 Advanced Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring
Introduces students to the concepts, principles, and skills associated with environmental impact assessments.
EM306 Case Studies in Environmental Management and Sustainability
Provides an over arching paper, which brings together the elements developed during the degree programme. The paper emphasises governance at the national and local level coupled with the legal, scientific, management, economic, and societal constraints in relation to various environmental problems confronting the world, the nation, and Southland. Students will be encouraged to explore issues from various points of view (society at large, local iwi, various management levels in the public and private sector, and stakeholders) and to propose consultation methods, solution pathways, management indicators and scientific solutions.
EM307 Mineral Resources Management
Expands on 100 and 200 level related papers and investigates both mineral and energy resources, to differentiate between renewable and non renewable earth resources, to explore how these resources form and to explore methods used to manage the exploitation of the resources in an environmentally responsible manner.
EM207 Catchment Evolutions, Soils and Hydrogeology
Extends first year environmental studies and introduces more complex catchment evolution, soil and hydrology concepts.
Choose one of the two folowing papers:
EM310 Energy Auditing
Provides students with knowledge and skills in procedures required to conduct an energy audit. This will involve site inspections, identifying and documenting energy requirements for that site, recording energy utilisation details, and measuring, quantifying, and reporting energy consumption needs.
EM311 Sustainable Food Systems II
Building on what is leaned in EM211, this paper develops the concepts of food sovereignty, food security and food justice into the analysis of definitions and approaches to addressing poverty and developing local, sustainable food systems.
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