BE(Hons) - Environmental Engineering as a major
The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is the basis for a professional career in engineering, and at Waikato you're provided with plenty of opportunities to apply what you’ve learnt in real-life work situations.
Study Environmental Engineering at the University of Waikato for a career where you'll make a lasting impact on society by helping to protect and enhance our natural and man-made environments, while enjoying excellent job prospects.
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|Start Dates:||Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)|
|Estimated Fees* (Domestic):||$8,170 per year|
|Estimated Fees* (International):||$41,760 per year (any of years 1-3)|
|Entry Requirements:||Undergraduate International|
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|*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
- Environmental Engineer
- Water and Sanitary Engineer
- Public/Environmental Health Engineer
- Infrastructure Engineer
- Sustainability Engineer
- Restoration Engineer
- Resource/Waste Management Engineer
Degree planner — BE(Hons) in Environmental Engineering
If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points. This structure applies to study starting in 2021.
Entry into the BE(Hons) in the specified programme of Environmental Engineering will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus. Applicants must also gain at least 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Chemistry and 14 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Physics.
All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and pathways are available.
Papers available within Environmental Engineering
The Environmental Engineering programme combines fundamentals of engineering, science, mathematics and computing with supporting papers from water resources, water quality, earth and ocean environments, environmental planning, modelling and sustainability, chemistry, and biology. Environmental engineers develop and evaluate and assess options, design equipment and systems, and develop regulations and controls to solve issues of water quality, water supply, waste reduction and disposal, soil and air quality management, and control noise. These help protect and improve the air, water and soil environments. Prospective careers include local and regional government, engineering consultancies, companies and suppliers.
Environmental Engineering is available as a specified programme for the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)).
To complete the specified programme in Environmental Engineering, students must complete the following programme.
Students must take the following papers: BIOMO101, CHEMY102, ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.
Students must take the following papers: ENGEV280, ENGCV223, ENGCV231, ENGEN201, ENGEN270, ENGEN271, ENGEV241, ENGME221 and ENVPL203.
If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Management, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).
Students must take the following papers: BIOMO203, CHEMY201, ENGCV323, ENGEN370, ENGEN371, ENGEV341, ENGEV343, ENGEV380 and ENVPL306.
If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Management, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).
Students must take the following papers: ENGEV581, ENGEN570 and ENGEN582.
Plus 45 points of electives from: ENGCB523, ENGCV523, ENGEV541 or ENGEV542.
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|BIOMO101||Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology - Mātai Pūtau a Mātai Rāpoi Ngota Koiora||15.0||23B (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. He whakataki tenei pepa i nga aria pokapu o te Matai Putau, Matai Rapoi hoki, tae atu ana ki te ngota...|
|CHEMY102||Chemical Reactivity - Tauhohehohe Matū||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major. He pepa a-aria, a-mahinga hoki hei tirotiro i nga tuahuaranga o te matuora a-kikokiko, a-paraumu hoki He pepa matua o roto o te tohu matuora.|
|ENGEN101||Engineering Maths and Modelling 1A||15.0||23A (Hamilton), 23A (Secondary School - Unistart), 23A (Tauranga) & 23B (Hamilton)|
|A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.|
|ENGEN102||Engineering Maths and Modelling 1B||15.0||23B (Hamilton), 23B (Secondary School - Unistart), 23B (Tauranga) & 23G (Hamilton)|
|A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.|
|ENGEN103||Engineering Computing||15.0||23A (Hamilton), 23A (Tauranga) & 23G (Hamilton)|
|This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as the MATLAB language. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.|
|ENGEN112||Materials Science and Engineering||15.0||23A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)|
|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...|
|ENGEN170||Engineering and Society||15.0||23A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)|
|Introduction to the role of engineering in society with a focus on sustainable development, data analysis, holistic systems thinking, and the future of work within a global and New Zealand context including an introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi.|
|ENGEN180||Foundations of Engineering||15.0||23B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)|
|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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|This paper will focus on microbial cell structure, function, and metabolism. Content and context will be drawn from both human and environmental examples. Students will acquire skills in microbiological laboratory techniques, data collection, data analysis, and report presentation. This paper is required for the Molecular and Cellu...|
|CHEMY201||Organic Chemistry||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings, also an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry is provided.|
|ENGCV223||Water Engineering 1||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|This course covers the basic principles of fluid mechanics. Topics include fluid statics, fluid dynamics, Bernoulli and energy equations, momentum analysis of flow structures, flow measurement, dimensional analysis, internal flow in pipes and ducts, external flow over streamlined and bluffed bodies, pump sizing and selection, and a...|
|ENGCV231||Geotechnical Engineering 1||15.0||23A (Hamilton)|
|An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of geotechnical engineering, which includes soil characterisation, soil mechanics, site investigation, and the bearing capacity of soil.|
|ENGEN201||Engineering Maths and Modelling 2||15.0||23A (Hamilton) & 23H (Online)|
|Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to ordinary differential equations and methods to solve them.|
|ENGEN270||Engineering and Business||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|This paper focuses on empowering students to become “business savvy” and prepared to enter the workplace and solve real-world problems. Topics covered include; team formation, design thinking, Lean Canvas, project management, Agile, risk management, project finance, professional ethics, preparing for the workplace, and business...|
|ENGEN271||Engineering Work Placement 1||0.0||23X (Hamilton)|
|This paper is taken by students undertaking their first work placement for the BE(Hons). It involves 400 hours of engineering-related work experience. The paper is typically undertaken during the November to February window after completing the two years of engineering study.|
|ENGEN272||Engineering Work Placement 1||30.0||23X (Hamilton)|
|This paper is taken by students undertaking their first work placement for the BE(Hons) concurrent with the Diploma in Engineering Management or Certificate in Professional Engineering Practice. It involves 400 hours of engineering-related work experience. The paper is typically undertaken during the November to February window aft...|
|ENGEV241||Environmental Engineering 1||15.0||23A (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers skills, knowledge and capability for environmental engineers so they can understand, investigate and evaluate environmental engineering problems and solutions.|
|ENGEV280||Environmental Engineering Design 1||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers mass balances around reactors, biological systems and separation processes used by environmental engineers in the eco-friendly design of chemical, biological and manufacturing plants and water, waste water and storm water treatment systems.|
|ENGME221||Engineering Thermodynamics||15.0||23A (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.|
|ENVPL203||Urban Development in Aotearoa New Zealand||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|This paper will introduce students to the theory and practice of urban development in Aotearoa-New Zealand cities.|
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|ENGCV323||Water Engineering 2||15.0||23A (Hamilton)|
|Application of hydraulics and hydrology in water engineering such as design of water distribution systems, fundamentals of flow in open channels, design of hydraulic structures, fundamentals of surface water hydrology, rainfall-runoff models, analysis and modelling of hydrological processes, fundamentals of groundwater hydrology, d...|
|ENGEN370||Engineering and the Environment||15.0||23A (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers sustainability in engineering design and renewable energy generation through the critical lens of environmental impact assessment, risk and resilience, sustainable infrastructure and development, material and energy flow analysis, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.|
|ENGEN371||Engineering Work Placement 2||0.0||23X (Hamilton)|
|This paper is taken by students undertaking their second work placement for the BE(Hons). It involves 400 hours of engineering-related work experience. The paper is typically undertaken during the November to February window after completing the three years of engineering study.|
|ENGEN372||Engineering Work Placement 2||30.0||23X (Hamilton)|
|This paper is taken by students undertaking their second work placement for the BE(Hons) concurrent with the Diploma in Engineering Management or Certificate in Professional Engineering Practice. It involves 400 hours of engineering-related work experience. The paper is typically undertaken during the November to February window af...|
|ENGEV341||Environmental Engineering 2||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers the design, operation and management of unit processes used in environmental engineering including air, water, wastewater, storm water, waste, soils and noise treatment and control systems.|
|ENGEV343||Ecological Engineering||15.0||23A (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers the principles of ecological engineering in a New Zealand context including the design, management and restoration of natural and artificial ecological systems that integrate human society with the natural environment to their mutual benefit such as the management of storm water and agricultural runoff.|
|ENGEV380||Environmental Engineering Design 2||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers aspects of product and process design from the perspective of green engineering and sustainability. The product and process must be safe, sustainable, economic with reduced impact on the environment. Principles of environmental and green engineering will be utilised in the development.|
|ENVPL306||Planning for a Changing Environment||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|The purpose of the paper is to provide students with knowledge relating to the changing environment globally and in Aotearoa-New Zealand and the new ways science, plans, policies, and people are addressing these challenges.|
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|ENGCB523||Advanced Energy Engineering||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|Application of engineering thermodynamics, process integration and pinch analysis to energy systems including renewable energy systems and energy storage, small and large industrial utility systems with and without cogeneration, distributed and smart energy systems, and green buildings.|
|ENGCV523||Advanced Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering||15.0||23B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers advanced hydrology and hydraulics for civil engineering and modelling techniques, including methodologies of hydrological data analysis, rainfall-run off modelling, hydrologic and hydraulic flood routing, flood plain analysis and planning, and loose boundary hydraulics from river engineering perspective.|
|ENGEN570||Engineering and the Profession||15.0||23D (Hamilton)|
|The roles and responsibilities of professional engineers are examined. Topics include; project management, leadership, negotiation, ethical responsibilities, legal duties, Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and professional communication.|
|ENGEN582||Honours Research and Development Project||45.0||23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)|
|This paper provides the "capstone" project required to complete an accredited engineering degree. The paper builds on the knowledge and skills students have gained in the first three years of their professional engineering degree and reinforces the multidisciplinary aspect of engineering. Students will learn how to carry out a Res...|
|ENGEN584||Special Topics in Engineering 4||15.0||23X (Hamilton)|
|An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.|
|ENGEV541||Advanced Water and Wastewater Engineering||15.0||23A (Hamilton)|
|This course covers advanced aspects of design and operation of unit processes in water and waste water treatment, and process modelling and simulation tools such as Sumo19 and Superpro Designer.|
|ENGEV542||Waste Minimisation Engineering||15.0||23A (Hamilton)|
|Design of processes for the handling, recycling, reuse, treatment and disposal of domestic and industrial solid wastes including treatment plant sludges, assessment and modeling of gaseous emissions, odour, particulates, and air pollution control systems.|
|ENGEV581||Advanced Environmental Engineering Design Challenge||15.0||23A (Hamilton)|
|Engineering design principles applied to a complex Environmental Engineering design challenge. Detailed considerations in the project to include options evaluation, process selection, detailed design, environmental impact, safety in design, H&S, and risk.|
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