Undergraduate study in Ecology
What can you study in Ecology?
You can study Ecology as a pathway within the Biological Sciences major in the Bachelor of Science (BSc).
As an Ecology student you’ll study courses in the following areas:
- Environmental science and management
- Conservation ecology and biosecurity
- Evolution and behaviour
- Marine and coastal ecology
- Quantitative ecology and modelling
Studying Ecology at the University of Auckland involves field trips to various locations to collect data and carry out research-based projects.
Studying a Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Biological Sciences with an Ecology pathway
You can study the Ecology pathway within the Biological Sciences major.
Structuring your programme
- Bachelor of Science majoring in Biological Sciences, with an Ecology pathway
- Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) specialising in Ecology was suspended in 2021. Students who have a current enrolment in this specialisation should contact their faculty for advice regarding completion.
If you began your degree prior to 2019 we recommend you seek advice to make sure you are taking the correct courses.
Where can undergraduate study in Ecology take you?
In practice, ecological principles and methods are fundamental to the management of resources, including the utilisation and conservation of species and ecosystems. This degree provides you with a qualification that certifies you have field, laboratory and analytical skills required by many organisations and companies in New Zealand and overseas. Often graduates further specialise with an MSc or PhD depending on their career goals.
Jobs related to Ecology
- Conservation roles with councils and government departments (e.g. Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
- Biosecurity and pest management (e.g. MAF Biosecurity NZ, Regional Councils)
- Ecological and environmental research roles in crown research institutes (e.g. Landcare Research, NIWA, Cawthorn Institute)
- Roles in ecological restoration (in terrestrial and aquatic environments)
- Environmental policy, consulting and science advisory roles (e.g. MfE, NGOs)
- Teaching careers in ecology
- Environmental education and community liaison (e.g. DOC, Councils)
Further study options
Scholarships and awards
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