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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

Academic requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:
    • 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
    • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved);
  2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing);
  3. 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau;

If you don’t meet the academic criteria above, we have a range of Bridging Education programmes which will help you prepare for further academic study.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance;
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency;
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years;

If you don’t meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance.

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; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Principles of Biology (NSCI5104) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the underlying chemical and physical processes which serve to promote and enable order in biological systems.
Earth Processes (NSCI5730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide a scientific understanding of physical and chemical processes and their interactions which are essential to life on Earth.
Principles of Ecology (NSCI5731) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the interactions that occur between organisms and their environment.
Contemporary Issues in Biology (NSCI5734) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to research contemporary issues in biological sciences and thereby facilitate the acquisition of fundamental academic skills that support studies in the Bachelor of Applied Science.
Science and Society (NSCI5735) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To explore ways in which Science and human society have developed and interacted throughout history; to equip students with an appreciation that science takes place within a broad cultural framework and to recognise the validity of differing points of view.
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.
Techniques in Field Biology (NSCI5740) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide an introduction to a range of techniques used in field biology for the scientific identification and sampling of animals and plants.
Courses Credits Aim
Research Methods (NSCI6730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop skills in research methodology that will allow students to plan and initiate research, to analyse data and to critically appraise research findings.
Companion Animal Behaviour (NSCI6731) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply animal behaviour concepts to a range of applied situations focussing on the welfare of companion animals.
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
Global Issues in Animal Welfare (NSCI7101) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate historical and recent issues relating to animal welfare research and practices in a global context.
Courses Credits Aim
Concepts in Biodiversity (NSCI6735) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide a synopsis of the theory, methodology and significance of biological diversity.
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.
Behavioural Ecology (NSCI6739) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary basis of animal behaviour, and the role behaviour plays in enabling animals to adapt to their environment.
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.
Captive Wild Animal Population Management (NSCI7738) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to recognise and discuss the tools and processes used in the management of animal populations in zoos.
Internship (NSCI7810) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to undertake a short-term work and/or training experience related to practice in the animal industry. It provides an opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge and practice through a strategy of applied learning in the workplace.