Undergraduate study in Ecology

What can you study in Ecology?

You can study Ecology as a specialisation in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (BAdvSci(Hons)), or 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
  • Statistics
  • 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, from 2019

From 2019, Ecology will no longer be available as a major in the Bachelor of Science. Instead, you can study the Ecology pathway within the Biological Sciences major.

Studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (BAdvSci(Hons)) specialising in Ecology, from 2019

Ecology is the study of processes influencing the distribution and interactions of organisms and their relationship with the physical environment. It brings together multiple disciplines to focus on core biological and physical concepts in ecological theory and application of that knowledge to environmental issues. It incorporates training in the computational, modelling and statistical techniques that are increasingly being used in the analysis and application of scientific data to solve ecological problems.

As a BAdvSci(Hons) Ecology student you’ll take courses in Biological Sciences,  Environmental Science, Marine Science and Statistics. In your fourth year, you’ll also have the chance to further develop your quantitative and advanced research skills when you complete an independent research project under the guidance of an academic mentor.   

Structuring your programme

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

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
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