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Throughout the world people are faced with an ever widening
range of serious environmental issues such as resource
depletion, pollution of air and water, and global warming.
Decisions made now will have implications on the sustainability of the
natural environment and on economic, social and cultural development.
More and more companies are choosing to operate sustainably and
minimise their environmental effects, increasing the demand for qualified
people. Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Environmental Management and
Planning (BEMP) graduates are in high demand with many opportunities for
employment in areas such as policy development, planning, and
Raised environmental awareness and demand for greener production have
increased employment opportunities in non-environmental industries, such
as the manufacturing sector, particularly for graduates with environmental
management systems skills. Public and political interest in environmental
issues, along with increased media coverage, is also creating more
opportunities for environmental management related employment.
Excellent examples are current concerns over water allocation and global
want to be.
Five reasons to choose our
Lincoln University has been at the forefront of
environmental management education since it was
first offered as the Master of Science (Resource
Management) degree over 30 years ago.
Lincoln University’s BEMP
degree offers a unique
in policy, planning and
it focuses on the inter-
the ecological, social and
economic aspects of the
The degree offers an
opportunity to become a
leader in identifying and
problems the world over.
Lincoln University graduates
have a reputation for “hitting
the ground running” due
to the degree’s unique
combination of academic
and applied elements.
Environmental Management and Planning
Lincoln University’s Environmental
Management department has collaborative
links with a wide range of environmental
organisations, consultancies, regional
authorities and research institutes, which
mean students gain an education that is
based on the highest academic standards,
real world thinking and practical examples.
Lincoln University’s Planning Association
(LUPA) provides a forum for students
interested in planning to participate in extra-
curricula planning-related activities.
The use of natural systems as resources raises complex
issues of sustainability, environmental and community
integrity, security, efficiency and equity. Communities
continuously need to address how to maintain lifestyles
and the associated use of resources, supply of energy and
management of waste.
The Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning
degree offers an opportunity to become a leader in
identifying and managing worldwide environmental issues.
Many graduates begin working for district or regional councils
– frequently moving to the private sector after gaining
experience. Others immediately join the private sector,
non-government organisations or government departments.
Other BEMP graduates continue their studies to complete
postgraduate qualifications, either in New Zealand or
Some graduates use their understanding of planning and
environmental management to establish themselves in
careers associated with development in transport, energy,
real estate, agriculture and other sectors. Others focus
on practical environmental protection and enhancement,
environmental monitoring, environmental impact assessment
and environmental design. Some change the “big picture” by
working on policy development.
Within the three year degree students can elect to complete
an additional major or minor giving them the opportunity to
develop their own specialisation.
for a full list of
majors and minors available.
100 level courses
ECON 110 Introduction to Applied Economics
An introduction to microeconomics, macroeconomics and
international trade in the context of the New Zealand economy,
with applications to environmental and natural resource problems.
ERST 101 Perspectives on the Environment
An introduction to relationships between the cultural, ecological
and economic dimensions of the environment from various
disciplines using systems analysis. The aim of the course is to
prepare and encourage students to learn and understand the
meaning and relevance of systems thinking for resource studies.
SOCI 116 Society, Culture and Economy
An introduction to the major social, cultural and economic
institutions of New Zealand, including family, work and economic
life, education, religion, leisure and media. The course studies
the contributions made to New Zealand’s society, culture and
economy by settlement patterns and global changes.
SOCI 117 Introduction to New Zealand Government
and Public Policy
This course covers how governments make decisions about law,
regulation, policy and policy implementation. It looks at the role
of public debate in these government decisions and how these
decision patterns, implementation complexities and public
debates affect day-to-day life in New Zealand.
Plus one of:
ECOL 103 Ecology 1: New Zealand Ecology and
This course introduces students to the biogeography and natural
history of the New Zealand/Aotearoa biota. ECOL 103 is also an
introduction to New Zealand plant and animal communities, and
explores humans as an ecological factor.
Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning
BIOS 109 Biology
This is a basic course in biology which covers topics such as
evolution and genetics, plant morphology, invertebrate and
vertebrate animal groups, plant growth regulators and the
environmental control of photosynthesis.
PHSC 105 Introduction to Earth Science
This course provides an introduction to planet Earth, its
atmosphere, oceans and lithosphere. It also covers plate
tectonics, quaternary environmental change, climate and
weather, New Zealand’s quaternary history of tectonic
deformation, volcanism and glaciation.
200 level courses
ERST 201 Environmental Analysis
Analyses the links between biological, physical and social
factors that constitute resource and environmental issues. The
course studies uses and limitations of systems thinking and
holistic understanding and looks at global, national and regional
examples of environmental analysis.
ERST 205 Principles of Urban and Regional Planning
This course looks at the historical context of urban and regional
planning, theoretical and methodological approaches to
planning, the legal and legislative apparatus of planning and
planning issues in a regional context.
SOCI 204 Research Methods
This course aims to provide an understanding of research
methods which are essential for the development of crucial
analytical skills and informed reading of contemporary
newspapers, magazines, government reports, consultancy
reports and other sources of information.
Plus two of:
ECOL 201 Ecology II: Principles of Ecology
The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the
key principles of modern ecology, examples of how those
principles operate, and their potential application to solving
ECOL 202 Biological Diversity
This course introduces students to the wonderful diversity of
living organisms and discusses the ways in which people directly
or indirectly depend on a surprising range of species. It will also
discuss the contributions little known organisms make to the
maintenance of a healthy environment.
ENGN 233 Water Science and Technology
This course looks at practical applications of water science and
technology. It involves a comparison of representative irrigation
systems. It also assesses common systems used to extract
ERST 203 Environmental Monitoring and Resource Assessment
An introduction to environmental monitoring for resource
management. This course looks at both theory and practice with
an emphasis on water, legislative requirements, state of the
environment reporting and natural resource accounting.
PHSC 209 Environmental Biogeoscience
This course looks at the study of the natural environment using
a biogeoscience perspective. It investigates the movement of
selected elements and compounds within and between the
Earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.
The course also covers changes and problems brought about by
human activities (e.g. climate change).
SOSC 223 Geomorphology
Geomorphology is the study of landforms, landscape history and
landforming processes. This course aims to develop knowledge
of the history and processes of landform evolution, particularly
with respect to fluvial and aeolian landforms in New Zealand.
Other study options
WATR 201 Freshwater Resources
Characterisation and assessment of freshwater resources
and current stresses upon these. Topics include
characteristics and vulnerability of the hydrological cycle,
aquatic processes and aquatic ecosystems, cultural values,
hazards, anthropogenic use, stresses and their effects
on water quality, quantity, ecosystem health/diversity
and future use, resource limitations and connections to
economy, tools and techniques for resource assessment.
300 level courses
SOCI 314 Professional Practice
A critical study of issues in the provision of professional
services in environmental planning, design, social
sciences, tourism, sport and recreation.
Plus three of:
BMGT 301 Business and Sustainability
Successful students in this course will have an increased
understanding of the impact that business organisations
have on the natural and social environment and the types
of approaches businesses can take to effectively respond to
ERST 302 Environmental Policy
Analyses the factors influencing policymaking, including
technical uncertainty and the inter-relationships of facts
and values; the role and significance of personal advisors
and information in policy making; the use and abuse of
technical knowledge; and prospects for rational planning.
ERST 340 Environmental Planning
The first part of the course begins with a discussion of the
causes of environmental problems and the difficulties that
confront those who attempt to solve them. The second
part of the course concerns the planning process and
focuses on the making, implementing and evaluation of
environmental policies and plans.
LWST 302 Resource Management Law
The aim of this course is to enable students to become
familiar with the background and development of Resource
Management Law in New Zealand, together with the details
and practical application of that law.
MAST 319 Te Kaitiakitanga (Ma
A critical analysis of the relationship between the Treaty of
Waitangi and environmental management in Aotearoa/
Other areas of study at
If you are interested in Environmental Management and
Planning you may also be interested in some of the other
programmes on offer such as:
Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Science (with a major in Environmental
Biogeosciences, Bioprotection and Biosecurity or
Conservation and Ecology)
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management
Bachelor of Tourism Management.
For further information contact us on 0800 10 60 10.
Other study options
So you’re keen to further
There is also a range of graduate and postgraduate
qualifications offered at Lincoln University that might be
of interest to Environmental Management and Planning
Qualification options include:
Environmental Management and Planning related areas are:
These qualifications offer a range of opportunities to
introduce students to the theoretical and applied aspects
of Resource Studies, or to build upon existing competencies
through higher level learning and research. Resource Studies
qualifications enable you to contribute skills in problem
identification and problem solving, decision-making and
Qualifications available are: Master of Applied Science
(Resource Management); Master of Resource Studies;
Postgraduate Certificate in Resource Studies; Postgraduate
Diploma in Resource Studies; Graduate Certificate in Resource
Studies; Graduate Diploma in Resource Studies.
The Master of Environmental Policy prepares you for
environmental policy analyst positions in the public and
private sectors at all levels, and is open to graduates from a
range of disciplines.
Natural resources and nature conservation
The Master of Natural Resources and Ecological Engineering is
a jointly awarded degree between Lincoln University and BOKU,
the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences,
Vienna, Austria. Students study at both universities.
Lincoln University has also joined with the University of
Göttingen, Germany, to offer the jointly awarded Master of
International Nature Conservation.
Other areas of study that may be of interest include:
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Software and Information Technology
Viticulture and Oenology.
For further details contact us on 0800 10 60 10.
Look where they’ve landed
When he graduated from Lincoln University, Geoff’s first position was as a
Resource Management Planner with Environment Canterbury (ECan).
“My Lincoln degree definitely helped me get the job with ECan, because of
the GIS work I had done in some of my papers.”
“I also did a number of planning courses in my degree. That, plus the
experience in my previous job, led to my current position,” Geoff says. In his
current role as Resource Management Planner, Geoff does a lot of government
work, with MWH being contracted to assess applications for resource
consents on behalf of the New Zealand Transport Agency and local and
“Report writing is a big part of my job now, a skill I learned at Lincoln
University, along with time management which was essential for me doing
a sports scholarship during my degree. Having to get up early for 7.00am
training sessions and fit in all my courses, along with a social life, meant
I needed to really organise my time – something I have appreciated more
He also credits Lincoln University with helping him to develop an effective
network of friends in the resource management sector.
“Because it is a specialist area, it is great to have contacts I know really well
to discuss issues with and help connect me with others in the industry.”
“My Lincoln University degree definitely
helped me get the job with ECan,
because of the GIS work I had done
in some of my papers.”
Bachelor of Environmental
Resource Management Planner, MWH
The way the individual course components of the Bachelor of Environmental
Management degree pieced together to provide an overall big picture
impressed Emma O’Neill of Christchurch who is currently a Senior Consents
Officer for the Hawkes Bay Regional Council in Napier. Since graduation
Emma has also been employed as a Policy Planner and has travelled and
In her Consents Officer role Emma assesses resource consent applications -
mostly for water allocation - and says her study at Lincoln University gave her
a very good overview of the many technical, legal and political considerations
that have to be taken into account when managing resources.
“Lincoln University gave me a really solid foundation,” she says.
“Within my degree programme I chose the Policy and Planning stream
because it is recognised for accreditation purposes by the New Zealand
“I loved the broad range of courses that formed my degree, including water
sciences, ecology, economics, politics, planning, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and
earth sciences. I enjoyed the varied teaching modes Lincoln University uses
- lectures, field trips, labs and small group sessions. They gave me great
exposure to the various situations I would face in my working career.”
Bachelor of Environmental
Senior Consents Officer,
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
“I loved the broad range of courses that
formed my degree, including water sciences,
ecology, economics, politics, planning,
Te Tiriti o Waitangi and earth sciences.”
Frequently asked questions
What is the Bachelor of Environmental Management and
“Environmental problems” are really “people problems”.
Different individuals, communities and cultures want
different things from the environment. Sometimes the
environment cannot meet all these aspirations. The BEMP
views the environment as an intertwined system of physical,
biological, cultural, economic, legal and social elements.
Graduates learn to understand how these elements
interact, and how problems can arise because of different
perspectives, needs and biophysical limitations. This
understanding is used to plan solutions to environmental
problems and to develop appropriate environmental
management practices. Planning for management of the
environment at personal, industry, local, national and
international scales are all addressed.
What should I be studying at school to prepare me for
Environmental Management and Planning study at
To be a successful environmental manager or planner you
will need to integrate ideas from a wide range of disciplines.
Geography is helpful in preparing you to do that, but it is not
essential. Your best preparation is to develop an enquiring
mind that is open to new ideas. Good writing and numeracy
skills are also important.
What is a major and minor? Can I do one within my degree?
Majors and minors are areas of specialisation within your
degree. A minor requires fewer compulsory courses than a
major. You can choose to add a major or minor to your BEMP
to develop a specialisation, or you can choose electives
to meet your personal needs without including a major or
Majors and minors that may be of interest include: Energy,
Transport and Environment; Tourism Management; Urbanism
and Design; Environmental Biogeosciences; Bioprotection
and Biosecurity; Conservation and Ecology; and Water
Science and Technology.
Do I have the opportunity to study more than Environmental
Management and Planning courses in my degree?
Yes. You can add courses of interest or those that complement
what you are doing in your degree. Here are some examples:
The Treaty of Waitangi; Computer Programming; The Living
Landscape; Evolutionary Biology; Introduction to Psychology.
Please contact your course advisor regularly to make sure
your degree is well planned.
Who enrols in the Bachelor of Environmental Management
Most students commence their BEMP study immediately
after completing school. However, the BEMP also attracts
a significant number of mature students. Diverse student
backgrounds, including a significant number of foreign
students and students on exchange from other universities,
offer exposure to a range of perspectives on environmental
problems that enhance learning opportunities.
Are there opportunities to study overseas?
Lincoln University has some great opportunities to study
abroad. We have exchange agreements in place with a
number of institutions in Canada, Denmark, the United
States of America, United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden.
You continue to pay Lincoln University fees and credit your
overseas study back to your Lincoln University degree. It’s
also a great way to broaden your knowledge and experience a
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