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Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Management and Welfare, and Biodiversity Management)

Can’t decide between animals or the environment? Our double-major option means you get the best of both worlds, with a selection of both animal- and environment-related courses. Like our other applied science options, you’ll get plenty of practical experience, which means you’ll be work-ready as soon as you graduate.

Level
7
Credits
360 (3.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for three years or part-time options available

Programme overview

Studying a double major in the Bachelor of Applied Science means that you get a greater range of course options, in both animal management and welfare, and biodiversity management.

Animal Management and Welfare

Animal management and welfare is a rapidly growing field of study and work. This unique programme will prepare you with the applied knowledge and skills you need to be successful in a wide range of emerging animal management and welfare careers.

This programme addresses the demand for ethical professionals in industries and organisations associated with the management and care of animals. You’ll develop an understanding of animal behaviour modification, health and welfare, handling and husbandry, conservation, and human/animal interactions.

Biodiversity Management

You’ll explore how ecosystems function and support biological diversity, and how managers of biodiversity (including government agencies, non-statutory organisations, and voluntary bodies) are responding to increasing concern over the impact of human activities on the world.

Find out how society views and influences the natural environment, discover how social, cultural, and policy frameworks influence management decisions and develop your knowledge and skill with plant identification.

Programme highlights

  • A holistic approach that combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience in simulated and real-world situations;
  • Visits to relevant environmental and/or animal-related organisations and voluntary groups; you may even be able to undertake part of your studies at one of their sites;
  • An opportunity to complete a research project in an area of your own interest in order to develop the skills you'll need for a career in your chosen field;
  • A teaching team of highly qualified and experienced animal behaviour experts, animal trainers, scientists, veterinarians, botanists, ornithologists, and ecologists;
  • In Biodiversity Management, we’ll help you develop your knowledge and confidence in plant identification; one of our biggest strengths, and an essential skill in the conservation industry.

Please note: There is a chance this programme will take an extra semester, depending on the timetables of the individual courses you select. This can be discussed during the application process.

Admission requirements

For these programmes, you’ll need the following:

1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) including:

  • 14 credits in two different approved subjects, and
  • 14 credits from two or more other subjects

2. 8 or more credits at NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) in English or Te Reo Māori
3. 14 or more credits at NCEA Level 1 in maths or Pangarau
4. If you don’t meet the NCEA requirements, we also accept a relevant tertiary qualification at Level 3 or higher

If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still be eligible to apply under special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2020; the course timetables for 2020 will be available in mid-November.

Courses Credits Aim
Principles of Animal Husbandry (NSCI5738) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and application of animal husbandry in a range of animal species.
Principles of Animal Husbandry (Sem A) (NSCI5738-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and application of animal husbandry in a range of animal species.
Principles of Animal Husbandry (Sem B) (NSCI5738-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and application of animal husbandry in a range of animal species.
Courses Credits Aim
Animal Health and Welfare (NSCI6732) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the methods used in assessing the welfare status of animals and to develop an understanding of how animal health is impacted by environmental factors.
Animal Breeding and Nutrition (NSCI6737) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the students to develop an understanding of the management of breeding and nutrition in a range of animal species.
Courses Credits Aim
Captive Wild Animal Management (NSCI6738) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to understand the philosophical, scientific and practical basis for the maintenance of wild animals in captivity.
Geographic Information Systems (NSCI6743) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop understanding in the use and application of GIS, GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and RS (Remote Sensing) for modelling and presenting spatial data and information.
Practicum (NSCI6744) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to reflect on and apply the skills and theoretical knowledge gained during their studies and to develop their transferable and inter-personal skills in a work-based environment.
Courses Credits Aim
Anthrozoology (NSCI7103) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the multidisciplinary field of Anthrozoology, illustrating the conceptual links between research in this relatively new academic field and use in understanding the interaction between animals and humans.
Restoration Ecology (NSCI7104) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to apply ecological theory to the practice of restoring damaged ecosystems, using existing restoration projects as reference sites.
Applied Geographic Information Systems (NSCI7736) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide an enhanced understanding of, and competence in, the acquisition, management, analysis, modelling and presentation of spatial information.