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Study Ecology at Otago

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Overview

Ecology is the study of animals and plants in relation to their environment. Revived interest in environmental and ecological issues and the public and governmental concern and debate over such matters has created a need for scientifically trained ecologists. An Ecology degree produces graduates with a background which will enable them to make rational judgements on ecological matters, either as professional ecologists or as educated members of the public.

Courses in Ecology are taught by staff from the Departments of  Botany, Geography and Zoology. The Otago region encompasses a wide range of habitats, from marine to alpine and from semi-arid to perhumid. Many of the papers offered by the various departments have fieldwork components which will give students an insight into these habitats.

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Contact details

Website otago.ac.nz/ecology/

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Ecology (ECOL) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Ecology

Level Papers Points
100-level

BIOL 112  Animal Biology

BIOL 123  Plants: How They Shape the World

ECOL 111  Ecology and Conservation of Diversity

STAT 110  Statistical Methods, or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

At least one of:
EAOS 111  Earth and Ocean Science
GEOG 101  Physical Geography
MARI 112  Global Marine Systems

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18

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18

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200-level

ECOL 211  Ecology of Communities and Ecosystems

ECOL 212  Ecological Applications

STAT 210 Statistical Methods 2

One of BTNY 201, BTNY 202, BTNY 203, CHEM 201, CHEM 204, CHEM 205, GENE 222, GEOG 282GEOG 284, GEOG 285, GEOG 286, GEOG 287, GEOG 288, GEOG 289, GEOG 290, GEOG 298, GEOG 299, GEOL 252, GEOL 263, GEOL 272MARI 202, OCEN 201, STAT 241, STAT 242, STAT 251, STAT 261, SURV 208, ZOOL 221, ZOOL 222, ZOOL 223

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18

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300-level

ECOL 313  Ecology Field Course

Two of AQFI 352, BTNY 301, GEOG 390, GEOL 372, MARI 301, MARI 302, ZOOL 315, ZOOL 316, ZOOL 318, ZOOL 319

One other paper from AQFI 352, BTNY 302, BTNY 303, CHEM 304, ECOL 314, GENE 312, GEOG 388GEOG 390, GEOG 392, GEOG 393, GEOG 394, GEOG 395, GEOG 397, GEOG 398, GEOG 399, GEOL 372, MARI 301, MARI 302, SURV 411, ZOOL 313, ZOOL 315, ZOOL 316, ZOOL 318, ZOOL 319 or another suitable 300-level paper approved by the Programme Director.

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36

 

18

Plus

126 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

 Students majoring in Ecology must pass STAT 110 or STAT 115 and STAT 210 before taking 300-level ECOL papers

126
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Ecology

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Ecology

Papers

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Master of Science (MSc) in Ecology

Papers and Thesis

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Minor Subject Requirements

Ecology as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level ECOL 111  Ecology and Conservation of Diversity 18
200-level

ECOL 211  Ecology of Communities and Ecosystems

ECOL 212  Ecological Applications

18

18

300-level

Two of BTNY 301, BTNY 303, ECOL 313, GEOG 390, GEOG 397, GEOL 372, MARI 301, MARI 302, ZOOL 315, ZOOL 318, ZOOL 319

36

Total   90

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