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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.
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 skills related to plant identification.
- 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.
With a collection of 11,500 scientifically preserved plants, fungi, lichens and seaweeds, the Herbarium is where you'll learn about plant specimen collection and preparation techniques.
Lots of important research work happens in the Herbarium including investigations into invasive and native plants and fungi, as well as the studies of an active lichen research group.
There’s also the opportunity to volunteer to assist with accessioning and curation.
The GIS Laboratory
Where science meets tech, the GIS Laboratory has 40 workstations complete with industry standard ArcGIS and associated software.
Running on high-performance Graphics Processing Units on Virtual Device Interfaces, with large 24-inch monitors, these computers can run realistic 3D modelling, spatial analysis, image rendering, and other computing intensive tasks.
Applied Molecular Solutions Laboratory
If you’re interested in the genetics of animals, plants and fungi, this lab is fully equipped for DNA extraction and analysis.
Second year Bachelor of Applied Science students gain first-hand experience in the lab, and in their third year if they take on a research project that utilises molecular techniques, this lab will become their second home.
Some cool research projects currently on the go include DNA barcoding of possible biological control agents, bioremediation of contaminated soils, and the molecular analysis of seabird diets.
For this programme, you will need the following:
- 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);
- 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing);
- 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.
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 Foundation and Bridging Education 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:
Courses and timetables
For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.
|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)||15.0 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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 their chosen field of study. It provides an opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge and practice through a strategy of applied learning in the workplace.|
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