Bachelor of Commerce (Sustainability)

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 1 - 19 Feb 2024

  • Qualification


  • Duration

    3 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Sustainability is one of the major driving forces in the early 21st century. This degree will enable you to develop an understanding of how commercial decisions and actions can be made in a manner that preserves and enhances both land-based resources and well-being.

It integrates people, planet and profit in a coherent and workable relationship reflecting stewardship of the planet, protecting and enhancing not only the environment but the well-being, social, and cultural elements of people, while returning a fair and equitable profit to individuals, organisations and the community.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Sustainability) will present a bicultural perspective to recognise both the history and future of sustainability in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This is a highly prescribed course and students need to complete the compulsory courses in the order recommended to succeed.

How you’ll grow

  • You will acquire a foundation in modern sustainability concepts, perspectives, and issues coupled with a sound understanding of value creation and general commercial activity in a land-based context.
  • Become able to drive integrated sustainability initiatives and goals at the local, national, and global level.
  • Acquire the ability to outline the planet, people, and profit construct and how these pillars interact in a holistic sustainable land-focused environment.
  • You will become able to describe the basics of commercial activity from a consumer-oriented, value-driven perspective fully incorporating an overall systems approach to planning and implementation in a land-focused context.
  • Be able to recognise the current and future technological landscape that impacts land-focused sustainability.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of land-based planning and control systems and how these can be effectively employed to drive sustainable operations.
  • Become able to analyse and report on the multi-faceted sustainability profile of a land-focused organization and its activities.

Career outcomes

You will be positioned to fulfil rapidly emerging roles in all sectors, but especially in land-related  organisations.


Programme information

Programme Structure

It is recommended students start in Semester 1 in their first year to be able to gain the necessary prerequisites to progress through each level and  complete the degree in three years. 

Please speak to a course advisor if you wish to start your study in Semester 2 as the duration of the degree may vary.

  • Compulsory courses
  • Elective courses
  • Choose between an elective or the list below

Prescribed courses awaiting approval:

The courses below cannot currently be included in the programme structure above as they are yet to be approved, but are compulsory and need to be included in course planning:

Level 200

  •  Global Sustainability (Semester 2)

Level 300

  • Sustainability Analysis (Semester 1)
  • Sustainability Reporting (Semester 2)




Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Jeff Heyl

Dr Jeff Heyl

Associate Dean - Academic

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