Bachelor of Science (Conservation and Ecology)

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

    Semester 1 - 21 Feb 2022

    Semester 2 - 18 Jul 2022

  • Qualification


  • Duration

    3 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

More than any other time in humanity’s history, there is a need for highly skilled, passionate conservation and ecology specialists to help protect and guide the bio-protection of our environment. This degree offers a firm grounding in all the appropriate sciences, as well as important practical skills. If future-proofing the environment appeals to you, don’t waste a minute.

As the world changes, we need skilled experts to help sustain the health of the natural environment.

The Bachelor of Science (Conservation and Ecology) cultivates your potential by combining necessary academic learning with practical experience and industry connections.

Through your study and beyond, you’ll be able to contribute to the conservation and ecological activities of both private agencies and the New Zealand Government, as well as further afield.

As a recognised leader in land-based tertiary education, Lincoln is right at the cutting edge of this vital scientific field. 

How you’ll grow

  • Gain a solid scientific understanding of the causes and potential solutions to major conservation issues and challenges. 
  • Develop your knowledge of the biological sciences, including biology, ecology, geology, plant and animal science. 
  • Extend your skills with hands-on field trips and through practical laboratory work
  • Learn from world-class scientists who are spearheading ground-breaking conservation and ecology research. 

Career opportunities

This degree opens up careers in ecology, conservation, nature restoration and wildlife biology. You’ll be in demand amongst a wide range of organisations including local and regional councils, the Department Of Conservation, Predator-free New Zealand, Zero Invasive Predators, Fish and Game, the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry for Primary Industries, Manaaki Whenua / Landcare Research, environmental consultancies, universities and non-governmental conservation organisations.

The conjoint programme added a lot of breadth to my undergraduate studies. I feel this gave me many skills to draw on in my current career.

Stephen Pawson

Bachelor of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Bachelor of Science (Conservation and Ecology); Master of Applied Science

Programme information

Programme Structure

Year 1

Semester 2 courses

Year 3

Semester 2 courses

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

This degree structure is indicative only.  A course advisor will help you to select your electives and plan your degree. You can check out our courses to see what electives might interest you.


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Jon Sullivan

Dr Jon Sullivan

Senior Lecturer

[email protected]

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