Earth Sciences

Earth and Ocean Sciences

The demand for experts in Earth Sciences continues to grow as we look to better manage our soil, water, minerals, energy and coastal and marine resources, as well as understand 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.

Find out more about the related major subjects, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences:

Earth Sciences

The Earth Sciences major at Waikato consists of four main sub-disciplines: geologysoil sciencehydrology and coastal processes. The first two years concentrate on fundamental knowledge and skills across all subdisciplines. In your final year, you’ll have the option to specialise in a specific area.

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

Environmental Sciences

A major in Environmental Sciences at Waikato encompasses ecology, earth sciences and environmental chemistry, as well as many other disciplines.

It is about understanding and managing human impacts on our land, biodiversity, freshwater, oceans, atmosphere and climate while providing the food, water, energy, and mineral resource needs that are critical to our survival.

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.

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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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