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Structure of the BAppSc Environmental Management Degree


The BAppSc Environmental Management has a science focus, with a core of physical geography papers that deal with various environmental systems, but it also covers the wider social, economic and political context, including the requirements of environmental legislation. In line with the overall philosophy of the Applied Science Programme, the Environmental Management course encourages students to build a secondary specialism that complements the environmental management major, through specific minors (or approved second majors), or by assembling papers that equate to a minor and constitute a coherent grouping.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) in Environmental Management

Year Papers Points
1st year GEOG101 Physical Geography
GEOG102 Human Geography
ENVI111 Environment and Society
One of STAT110, MATH160, MATH170
18
18
18
18
2nd year GEOG290 Field Research Methods (Science)
GEOG216 Resource Evaluation and Planning
Two of: GEOG281-289, 298, 299
18
18
36
3rd year GEOG380 Field Research Studies (Science)
GEOG397 Environmental Management
Two of: GEOG387-395, 398, 399
18
18
36
144 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers


As a science-based programme, so you are expected to plan a course that has a clear science orientation, especially at first year. If you would prefer to construct an environmental management programme with a strong socio-political flavour (which is a very useful perspective and can lead to careers on the social policy arena, for instance) you are advised to enrol for a BA Geography degree, which would allow you do this. And note that all BAppSc programmes must have an approved minor subject (or equivalent) or a second major.


Developing the first year course

We normally recommend taking some papers that would lead to at least one other major subject in case you decide not to continue with Environmental Management at the end of the first year. So it is useful to look at the requirements for other subjects that may be of interest to you and thinking about their core first year requirements (e.g. EAOS111 and GEOL112 for Geology; or BIOL112 and CELS191 for Zoology; or PYCH111, 112 for Psychology). And, of course, you will need to decide a likely minor subject.

Below are some examples of first year programmes (all hypothetical) to demonstrate different paper combinations that would lead to various minors or second majors in the BAppSc Environmental Management degree.

First year BAppSc Environmental Management major and....

possible minors Ecology or Zoology

possible minors in Geology or Applied Geology

a minor in Geographic Information Systems

a minor in Economics This Student intends to
GEOG101 GEOG101 GEOG101 GEOG101 GEOG101
GEOG102 GEOG102 GEOG102 GEOG102 GEOG102
ENVI111 ENVI111 ENVI111 ENVI111 ENVI111
STAT110 STAT110 STAT115 STAT110 STAT115
ECOL111 EAOS111 SURV102
BSNS104 BSNS104
BIOL112 GEOG112 COMP150 ECON112 ECOL111
CELS191 CHEM111 MATH160 BIOL123 MAOR102
This student might enrol for an Ecology minor this year, but has the option of switching to a Zoology minor next year (or they could add either subject as a second major) This student is interested in Chemistry; they could have taken another paper, to reflect other interests or strengths (e.g. PHSI131, MATH160, BIOL123) This student is taking STAT115 rather than the usual STAT110 (with approval), perhaps to ease workload in semester one. MATH160 could be replaced by another choice of use to the student (e.g. ECOL111, MAOR102) This student is keen to develop environmental economics as a strength in their BAppSc degree, but the BIOL paper also keep an option open of building Botany minor. Another paper could be used in its place to lead to other options

This student intends to build a set of useful papers during the degree including: SURV208 (GIS), SURV309 (Remote Sensing) and POLS207 (Env Politics), to add to the BSNS and MAOR papers at first year. They would enrol for an APPS minor, but it will not appear on their degree transcript on graduation

All examples are hypothetical. Subject to paper availability and potential timetable clashes.

KEY: Bold: BAppSc major requirements; Italics: required for the chosen minor, hatched: another minor option.

Table 1: Example selection for first year BAppSc Environmental Management Courses.


Approved Minors (or second majors)

In addition to the approved list below, course coordinators can approve a minor or second major subject not listed in the table, provided that the overall combination of subjects and papers constitutes a coherent and integrated programme of study.


Approved Minor and Second Major Subjects for Environmental Management

Bachelor of Applied Science Applied Geology
Computational Modelling
Design (minor only)
Design for Technology (2nd major subject only)
Energy Management
Geographic Information Systems
Software Engineering
Bachelor of Arts Asian Studies
Communication Studies
Environment and Society (minor subject only)
Indigenous Development
Māori Studies
New Zealand Studies (minor subject only)
Pacific Island Studies
Politics
Sociology
Bachelor of Science Biochemistry
Botany
Chemistry
Computer Science
Ecology
Environmental Toxicology (minor subject only)
Geology
marine Science (minor subject only)
Mathematics
Microbiology
Physics
Psychology
Public Health (minor subject only)
Statistics
Zoology
Bachelor of Commerce All Commerce subjects


When choosing a minor or a second major, you need to think about how that subject will sit with respect to environmental management, and how you will benefit from the two working together. Overall, you might want to think about how you would sell the combination to a prospective employer: will the two subjects position you in the job market as someone with a useful set of skills? This in turn relates to your own interests, and where you see yourself going in terms of career choices after finishing the course.

If a single minor subject does not appeal to you, it is possible under the requirements for the degree to assemble a set of papers from more than one subject that equate to the structure of a minor (typically two at 100 level, two at 200 level, one at 300 level) but that still make sense in developing the toolkit for environmental managers. For example, some people may find it more useful to take papers in economics, multivariate statistics, and remote sensing, to develop a broad set of useful, practical skills, rather than taking a minor in Economics and taking five papers all in that one subject. Others may have an interest in environmental management in developing countries, so may look at papers in Geography (Arts), Economics, Politics, etc.

The set of papers need to make sense for the degree, so are subject to Course Coordinator approval. This will appear on your academic record as an APPS minor, but on completion of the degree there will not be a named minor on your academic transcript.