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Earth & Ocean Sciences

Earth and Ocean SciencesEnvironmentally friendly.

An understanding of the Earth and Ocean sciences is vital if we are to sustainably manage Earth’s energy, water, mineral, soil, coastal and biological resources. The Earth and Ocean sciences are also the key to predicting and managing natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and volcanic eruptions.

The School of Science approach to Earth and Ocean Sciences is uniquely placed to offer a thorough grounding in all aspects of the earth and ocean sciences. We are situated close to both North Island coasts, a short drive from the active Taupo Volcanic Zone, at the heart of the richest New Zealand farming region, and have New Zealand's longest river on our doorstep.

The teaching programme in the department provides an opportunity for students in their first year to develop a broad understanding of Earth's systems, and then in following years to increase the depth of their studies in areas such as coastal and marine science, engineering geology, environmental engineering science, environmental monitoring and management, geo-resource exploration, global environmental change, hydrology and water resource management, meteorology, natural hazards, oceanography, sedimentary geology and tectonics, soil and land resource management and volcanology. Find out more about the related major subjects, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences.    

We offer a learning experience that goes beyond the laboratory and lecture room - and out into the world.

Download the Earth Sciences brochure. 

Resources and services for schools

Staff are available to give class talks on a range of topics including: volcanoes; climate change; tsunami; Antarctica; rocks and minerals; and careers in Earth, ocean and environmental sciences. Also available:

  • Labelled rock collections available for $60 a set
  • Teacher information evenings


Commercial services

The School of Science offers a number of services to businesses, organisations and individuals at competitive prices. Specialised field sampling and state-of-the-art measurement and monitoring technology are complemented by modern laboratory and computing facilities. Check out the facilities and services available.


Find career opportunities in the Earth, ocean and environmental sciences.


Check out the facilities and services on offer.

News and Events

Find out what's happening in Earth and Ocean sciences at the School of Science.

Our People

Meet staff and students from Earth and Ocean sciences.

Our Research

Catch up on Earth and Ocean sciences research from the School of Science.

Terry Healy Award

Donate to the Terry Healy Memorial Award.

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Contact the Faculty

Science & Engineering contacts
0800 438 254
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Available Degrees

You can study Earth & Ocean Sciences-related subjects in the following degrees:


We also offer Diplomas and Certificates at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels in some subjects. Contact us for more information.

Complementary Subjects

If you are interested in Earth & Ocean Sciences, you might also be interested in:

Earth Sciences
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences

Our People

Brad Hopcroft

Brad Hopcroft
BSc; MSc in Earth Sciences

Student Profiles »

Winter 2014