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Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Chemical and Biological Engineering programme at the University of Waikato combines the traditional discipline of chemical engineering with new and emerging specialisations in engineering to produce graduates who are better equipped to solve the world’s sustainability challenges.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering uses process engineering, science and maths principles to transform chemical and biological materials into high value products and services, in a safe and cost-effective way.

Chemical and biological engineers are ‘think big’ professionals who work in cooperation with others to bring about the large-scale benefits of advances in chemistry, biotechnology, materials and environmental sustainability to the real world.

As a chemical or biological engineer, you could play a vital role in the creation and production of new medicines, nutritious foods, novel materials, new energy sources, better waste treatment methods and a sustainable global future.

Research into bioprocess engineering is a major part of the wider Chemical and Biological Engineering programme at the University of Waikato.  Current research being carried out by the University's bioprocess engineering research group includes fermentation of functional foods, production of high value pharmaceuticals, and bioconversion of food waste into value-added chemicals. This research work involves strong industrial collaborations across a wide range of sectors, especially in food, agriculture and energy.

An important part of the Chemical and Biological Engineering programme at the University of Waikato is supported work placements into relevant industries. This gives you the opportunity for paid work experience while exploring the field of Chemical and Biological Engineering you could choose for your career.

You'll work on major research design projects, creating products with commercial applications, which are then showcased at our annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show.   Importantly, there is also a focus on developing well-honed communication skills that are such a vital part of the profession.

At Waikato the Chemical and Biological Engineering programme is fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ); meaning your degree is internationally recognised and you can work just about anywhere in the world.

Facilities

Students can work in specialised laboratories including the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research, such as distillation columns, heat transfer equipment, 3D printing, a mechanical workshop, polymer and metal processing equipment as well as computer labs with engineering design software.

Build a successful career

The skills you will learn are highly transferable, making you employable across a huge range of sectors from food and beverage, materials, energy and water treatment to healthcare and petrochemical.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton
Faculty:

Study Chemical and Biological Engineering in these qualifications

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Career opportunities

  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Food Processing Engineer
  • Process Design Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer

Year 1

Students must take the following papers:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Secondary School - Unistart)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as C# and Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers within the School of Engineering.
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering18B (Hamilton)
Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
ENGEN170Engineering and Society18B (Hamilton)
Introduction to the role of engineering in society in particular understanding of Treaty of Waitangi, history of science, engineering and technology, philosophy and ethics and public participation, participatory design, sustainability.
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering18A (Hamilton)
Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
ENGEN183Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
A study of introductory statistics and the fundamental techniques of algebra including Gaussian elimination, vector and matrix algebra, complex numbers, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, as well as basic statistical notions and tools, with engineering applications.
ENGEN184Calculus for Engineers18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.

Plus 15 points of electives from their chosen elective path:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.
CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 18C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with a focus on physical processes. Topics covered include coastal processes and hazards; climate change; weathering; erosion and mass movement; soil formation; the hydrological cycle; rive...
EARTH102Discovering Planet Earth18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.
ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of engineering mechanics.
ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics18A (Hamilton)
Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
PHYSC101Physics for Engineers and Scientists18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Secondary School - Unistart)
This is a lecture and laboratory course covering fundamental physics concepts relevant to engineers and scientists. Topics covered include vectors, kinematics, force, work, energy, collisions, rotation, equilibrium, oscillations, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGCB223Fluid Mechanics18B (Hamilton)
Basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including fluid viscosity, Bernoulli and mechanical energy equation, momentum analysis, dimensional analysis, flow in pipes and ducts, flow over bodies, and compressible flow.
ENGCB224Heat and Mass Transfer18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer analysis, including conduction, heat convection, radiation, molecular diffusion and mass convection. Finned surfaces and heat exchangers are also covered.
ENGCB280Process Engineering Design 118B (Hamilton)
This paper covers mass balances around reactors and separation processes used by engineers in process design, CAD tools for process flow diagrams, pipe and instrumentation diagrams, and simple batch and continuous process modelling using software tools.
ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 218B (Hamilton)
Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to partial differential equations. Fourier series.
ENGEN270Engineering Professional Practice 118A (Hamilton)
Preparation for success in the engineering workplace including CV preparation, interview techniques, job seeking skills, online profile, workplace and engineering business cultures and norms, ethics, communication and management structures.
ENGEN271Industry Placement 118C (Hamilton)
First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
ENGME221Engineering Thermodynamics18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the fundamental concepts and laws of thermodynamics, including thermodynamics properties of substances, first and second law analysis, power cycles, refrigeration cycles and simple combustion analysis of engines.
ENGMP211Materials 118A (Hamilton)
This paper will provide a foundation for understanding the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.

Plus 15 points of electives from their chosen elective path: Chosen from any 200 level CHEMY paper, 200 level EARTH paper, or BIOMO201, or ENGMP213.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMO201Biochemistry18A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (as fundamental molecules of life). Students will be introduced to molecular techniques used to study these molecules and gain an appreciation of how they interact in living organisms in health and d...
ENGMP213Mechanics of Materials 118A (Hamilton)
Stress and failure analysis of statically determinant and material systems under axial, bending and torsional loads, including beam deflections, buckling of struts, shear in joints, twisting in circular shafts and couplings.

Year 3

Students must take the following papers and a further 40 points at 200 level or above in their chosen stream (see below).

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGEV342Sustainable Engineering18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of quality standards, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
ENGG372Engineering Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
The second Work Placement for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.
ENGG379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
Guided reflection on professional work placements in engineering.
ENGG381Engineering Statistics18A (Hamilton)
Aimed specifically at Engineering students, this paper covers statistical models, experimentation for quality design and control, process measurement and improvement, statistical process control and capability, and reliability.
ENGG386Engineering Modelling18A (Hamilton)
Principles of engineering modelling and the application of software tools to solve real life engineering problems.
ENMP321Process Engineering and Design18B (Hamilton)
Advanced design and process technology for chemical, mineral, biological products and food processing. The principles of chemical and biological engineering, including designing production systems, process simulation, process economics, equipment design and separation technology.
ENMP323Transport Processes and Unit Operations18A (Hamilton)
Application of heat and mass transport processes to common industrial equipment analysis, design and operation.

Biological Processing Stream

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENMP322Biotechnology18B (Hamilton)
Industrial biotechnology, applications of enzymes and micro-organisms, principles of bioreactor and fermenter design and operation, industrial separations, and purifying biological material.
ENMP325Engineering Microbiology18A (Hamilton)
An introduction to the structure, physiology, ecology and taxonomy of bacteria, with reference to biochemical engineering.

Chemical Processing Stream

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENMP311Materials 218B (Hamilton)
This paper advances knowledge presented in ENMP211 on structure, property, processing relationships fundamental to materials science and engineering. This paper includes microstructure modification, new materials and applications.
ENMP322Biotechnology18B (Hamilton)
Industrial biotechnology, applications of enzymes and micro-organisms, principles of bioreactor and fermenter design and operation, industrial separations, and purifying biological material.

Materials Stream

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENMP311Materials 218B (Hamilton)
This paper advances knowledge presented in ENMP211 on structure, property, processing relationships fundamental to materials science and engineering. This paper includes microstructure modification, new materials and applications.
ENMP313Mechanics of Materials 218A (Hamilton)
The scientific principles and relationships underlying mechanics and performance of materials. This paper covers stress and strain transformations, failure criteria, deflections and angle of twist, stress in bending fatigue and materials testing.

Environmental Stream

Students must take the following paper and a further 20 points at 300 level in Chemistry and/or Earth Sciences

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENMP341Environmental Technology 218A (Hamilton)
Engineering systems available for environmental issues, including processing, using and protecting water resources, wastewater treatment and disposal, air and atmosphere science and technology, emissions control, energy technology and fuel science.

Year 4

Students must take the following papers in their chosen stream (see below) and a further 20 points at 200 level or higher.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGG492Honours Research and Management Project18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
An engineering research and development project, including design philosophy, market requirements, specifications, design and analysis, component and materials selection, prototype development, documentation, quality and failure analysis, standards and codes, IP protection, and project planning and management.
ENMP422Advanced Process Simulation and Control18A (Hamilton)
Process dynamics, simulation and control and modern control systems, including open and closed loop, linear and non-linear systems, PID control, stability and tuning. It includes process simulation with commercial software packages.

Biological Processing Stream

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENMP427Biochemical Engineering18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers concepts of using biological materials for producing biomolecules, cell-based products and tissues, and carrying out transformations. It also incudes principles of downstream separation processes important in the bioprocess industries, modelling and costing such processes.

Chemical and Processing Stream

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENMP427Biochemical Engineering18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers concepts of using biological materials for producing biomolecules, cell-based products and tissues, and carrying out transformations. It also incudes principles of downstream separation processes important in the bioprocess industries, modelling and costing such processes.

Materials Stream

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENMP407Materials and Processing Elective18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
An advanced study in materials and processing. Possible options include: advanced composites; metals; bioseparation processing. Sub-topics include: available processing options; effect of material characteristics on processing parameters.
ENMP411Advanced Materials Engineering18A (Hamilton)
An advanced study of the relationships between processing and microstructure of engineering materials. Sub-topics include solidification, ceramic processing, joining and repairs of composite materials and powder metallurgy.

Environmental Stream

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENMP442Environmental Technology 318A (Hamilton)
Topics in the engineering and science of water resources and water and wastewater treatment and management.

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Work placements are a major feature of the Chemical and Biological Engineering programme and you will complete 800 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our Cooperative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and monitoring the quality of your work experience.  They are the leader in New Zealand for co-operative education programmes, with an average 250 students placed in industry every year.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take to your interviews.


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Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email: science@waikato.ac.nz
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