School of Science

Earth Sciences

Earth and Ocean SciencesEnvironmentally friendly

An understanding of Earth Science is vital if we are to sustainably manage Earth's energy, water, mineral, soil, coastal and biological resources. Earth science is 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 Science is uniquely placed to offer a thorough grounding in all aspects of earth 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 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.

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

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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 sciences.


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News and Events

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

Our People

Meet staff and students from Earth sciences.

Our Research

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

Terry Healy Award

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