The BSc degree has
majors in zoology and ecology and a minor in environmental science. The BSc
degree requires students to gain at least 300 points from papers listed in the
schedule within the Massey University Calendar. Within the degree, students
need to ensure they enroll in the required papers for each major (and minor) of
employment in a wide variety of careers and occupations dealing with
animals.Massey graduates can be found working in biosecurity areas, DoC, Crown
Research Institutes and private companies. Research students may be found in
Antarctica, in caves in Queensland studying swifts, stumbling over seals on
Campbell Island while studying plants, following and eavesdropping on wallabies
on Kawau Island, examining hihi breeding behaviour on Tiritiri Matangi, looking
for tusked weta on Mercury Island or chasing kiwi in Tongariro. These are
everyday activities for zoologists and zoology students.
Environmental science is
the application of scientific knowledge to the human environment.
Sustainability issues are particularly powerful in New Zealand where the image
and rhetoric of clean and green is more of a reality than in the rest of the
world. Environmental science is one of the tools we can use to more sustainably
manage our environment. It is an important branch of science, practical as well
as theoretical, applied as well as conceptual, changing as fast as the
technology allows, and broadly interdisciplinary in its approach.
environmental science must obtain a major in a related science degree (such as
ecology, zoology, geography, earth science or plant biology) as well as taking
the course for the environmental science programme.
Ecology is the study of
the interaction between living organisms and their environment.
It has become clear that
the history of life on earth has been one of long periods of relative, or at
least apparent, stability punctuated by periods of intense change. It is now
apparent that we are living through a period of at least similar change in our
environment. As an ecology graduate from Massey University you can play a role
in understanding and articulating concerns about what is happening to New
Zealand and to the earth itself. You will have the opportunity to study in
areas related to plant, microbial, and conservation ecology as well as
evolution in these areas.
Zoology, Ecology and
Prof. Brian P Springett,
Ecology Group, Institute of Natural Resources, College of Sciences; Ph.
06-3505799 x 2610 [Secretary: ext. 7954 or 2609] Fax. 06-3505623
Office of Graduate
Studies, College of Sciences:
The College of Sciences
has an Office of Graduate Studies which specifically targets students
interested in undertaking this level of study either internally or
extramurally. Advice can be obtained regarding programmes you are interested
in, admission to programmes, support systems for postgraduates, graduate
subject advisors and policy and procedures for this level of study. Contact
Kathy Hamilton (Graduate Studies Administrator) Ph 06-3505883, Fax 06-3505620,
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