Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Environmental Science

Environmental Science aims to understand the environment, using input from a wide variety of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, geography, earth sciences, physics and engineering. The programme works especially well in conjunction with social sciences such as economics and human geography.

Environmental Science focuses on the environmental effects of human activity and is dedicated to protecting and restoring natural heritage, minimising human impact and reversing environmental degradation.

Your BSc programme will consist of a number of courses worth 15 points each, totalling 360 points. 

You must complete the following courses plus a capstone course in your final year of study. The capstone course is a student-led project where you integrate and apply your learning to a real-world problem in your chosen major or specialisation. For Environmental Science we recommend the capstone course, ENVSCI 399. For other capstone options, see our Capstone courses page.

30 points required from:

30 points required from:

15 points from:

30 points:

15 points:

If you began your degree prior to 2019 we recommend you seek advice to make sure you are taking the correct courses. Contact the Science Student Centre at

Doing a double major with Environmental Science

If you choose to do a double major in your BSc, we recommend the following subjects to complement Environmental Science: Anthropological Science, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Geographic Information Science, Geophysics, Physics and Statistics.

Preparing for your Environmental Science major

Some students will feel more prepared for our Environmental Science courses if they have already studied some science subjects in high school.

Find out which school subjects will help you feel prepared by reading our Subject guide for school students.

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