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BE(Hons) - Environmental Engineering as a specified programme

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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Key information

Years: 4.0
Points: 480
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,432 per year
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Fees (International): $32,455 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*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.

Career opportunities

  • 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 2019.

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  • Programme Elective

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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 BE(Hons). To complete the specified programme in Environmental Engineering, students must complete the following programme.

Year 1

Students must take the following papers: ENGEN103, ENGEN112, ENGEN170, ENGEN180, ENGEN183 and ENGEN184.

Plus 30 points of electives including CHEMY101 or CHEMY102 and one of: BIOEB101, BIOEB102, EARTH101, EARTH102.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: ENGCB280, ENGCV223 , ENGCV231, ENGEN201, ENGEN270, ENGEN271, ENGEV241, ENGME221 and ENVPL201.

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: ENGCB380, ENGCV323, ENGCV331, ENGEN301, ENGEN371, ENGEV341, ENGEV342.

Plus 30 points of electives from: Any BIOEB 200 level paper, BIOMO203, Any Chemistry 200 level paper, Any Earth Sciences 200 level paper, Any Engineering 300 level paper (not including ENGLI3XX), ENVPL301, ENGEN390.

Year 4

Students must take the following papers: ENGCB523, ENGEN570, ENGEN581, ENGEV541, ENGEV542, ENGEV580.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOEB101Concepts of Biology19A (Hamilton)
An introduction to the foundations of biology, including the structure and functioning of cells, evolution, the origins and diversity of life, and a tour of the major forms of life and their defining characteristics.
BIOEB102Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the principles of ecology and biodiversity. Topics include population, community and ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, and the structure, functioning and environmental responses of animals and plants. Examples will include New Zealand ecosystems and biota.
CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy19A (Hamilton), 19A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 19C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19B (Secondary School - Unistart)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
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 Earth19B (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.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19T (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 Engineering19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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...
ENGEN170Engineering and Society19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
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 Engineering19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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.
ENGEN183Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
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 Engineers19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19S (Hamilton) & 19S (Tauranga)
A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOEB200Behavioural Ecology & Conservation19B (Hamilton)
The paper provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of behavioural ecology, and to the application of these to case studies in conservation biology in New Zealand.
BIOEB201Principles of Evolution19A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the evolution and diversity of life. Topics include the history and philosophy of evolutionary thought, discussion of the mechanisms of evolution, present-day evidence of evolution in animal, plant and bacterial taxa; modern methods of analysing this evidence, and the evolutionary origins of current-day biodiver...
BIOEB202Principles of Ecology19B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the principles of ecology, including adaptation to the environment, intra- and inter-specific interactions, community and ecosystem dynamics, and biogeography. Weekend field trips and computer laboratory work are essential elements.
BIOEB204Plant Structure and Function19B (Hamilton)
Plants are key regulators of ecosystem processes, and actively respond to and change their environments. This paper examines how plants have these effects by exploring plant structure, functioning, and adaptation to different environments. Laboratory work emphasises the handling and identification of common native plants.
BIOMO203Microbiology19A (Hamilton)
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...
CHEMY201Organic Chemistry19B (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; an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry.
CHEMY202Physical Chemistry19B (Hamilton)
This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of inorganic chemistry including structure and reactivity of the main-group elements; point-group symmetry; molecular orbital, crystal field theories; transition metal coordination complexes.
CHEMY204Analytical Chemistry19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of analytical chemistry including characterisation using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass-spectrometry (MS); qualitative and quantitative analysis of mixtures using gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
EARTH211Earth Resources and Materials19A (Hamilton)
An introduction to the nature, composition and origin of earth resources and materials. Topics covered include: minerals in society and their properties; origin of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; volcanological and sedimentary processes and the importance of earth materials as sources for resources used by society.
EARTH221Soil Science19B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the nature, formation, and classification of soils, their physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties, and issues of soil quality, land degradation and sustainable management.
EARTH231Water Resources, Weather and Climate19A (Hamilton)
New Zealand's water resources are coming under increasing pressure for human use, while their management requires that they also provide for healthy freshwater ecosystems. This paper describes the key physical processes that influence the distribution of water in space and time from a New Zealand perspective. Topics covered include...
EARTH241Oceanography19B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography
EARTH251Spatial Analysis in Geosciences19A (Hamilton)
An introduction to quantitative spatial analysis in the geosciences, including production of maps and cross-sections of geomorphology and Earth materials from field and aerial image interpretation, use of 3D models of Earth materials, and an appreciation of volumes and stresses in the Earth's crust.
ENGCB280Process Engineering Design 119B (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.
ENGCV223Water Engineering 119B (Hamilton)
Basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including fluid viscocity, Bernoulli and mechanical energy equation, dimensional analysis, flow in pipes and channels and intoduction to hydrology and fluvial processes.
ENGCV231Geotechnical Engineering 119A (Hamilton)
Basic principles and concepts governing the behaviour of soils and rocks, including phase relationships, permeability and seepage, soil strength, compressibility, slope stability analysis, consolidation and settlement.
ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 219B (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 119A (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.
ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 119C (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19T (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.
ENGEV241Environmental Engineering 119B (Hamilton)
This paper covers skills, knowledge and capability for environmental engineers so they can understand, investigate and evaluate environmental engineering problems and solutions.
ENGME221Engineering Thermodynamics19A (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.
ENVPL201Introduction to Resource Management19A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide students with an introduction to law and policy relevant to the practice of environmental planning and management in New Zealand.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGCB321Thermal Engineering19B (Hamilton)
Application of engineering thermodynamics to steady and unsteady industrial processes, including, steam boiler systems, advanced power and refrigeration cycles, cooling towers and plant utility systems
ENGCB322Chemical and Biological Operations19B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the principle and application of enzymes, concepts of fermentation technology, principles of bioreactor operation, bioprocess variables and their measurement, key product separation techniques, and bioprocess economics.
ENGCB323Chemical Reaction Engineering19A (Hamilton)
This paper is an introduction to the quantitative treatment of chemical and biological reaction and reactor engineering, including homogeneous and heterogeneous reacting systems.
ENGCB324Mass Transfer Operations19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the application of heat and mass transfer, and thermodynamics to chemical and physical separation process.
ENGCB380Process Engineering Design 219B (Hamilton)
Conceptual and detailed design, costing and economic assessment of chemical, biological and materials process plants, including software and numerical simulation, separation trains, heat exchanger and pump sizing, and reactor kinetics.
ENGCV312Structural Engineering 219B (Hamilton)
Analysis of statically indeterminant structures, application of moment-area method, computer analysis of structures, design of structures in steel, wood, reinforced concrete and pre-stressed concrete.
ENGCV323Water Engineering 219A (Hamilton)
Application of fluid mechanics principles to water engineering applications such as design of pipe system networks, pump characteristics and selection, open channel flow, hydraulic jump, measurement, analysis and modelling of surface hydrological processes.
ENGCV331Geotechnical Engineering 219B (Hamilton)
Basic principles and concepts governing the behaviour of soils and rocks, including phase relationships, permeability and seepage, soil strength, compressibility, slope stability analysis, consolidation and settlement with application to design of foundations.
ENGCV351Construction 219A (Hamilton)
Construction processes and building technology including surveying, site preparation, earthworks, foundations, Building Information Modeling (BIM), risk assessment, site health and safety, construction project management, demolition and site remediation.
ENGCV380Civil Design Challenge 219B (Hamilton)
Engineering design principles applied to an advanced open-ended civil design challenge. Design standards, project finance, environmental consideration, health and safety and risk assesssment.
ENGEE323Sensors and Measurement19B (Hamilton)
The paper covers the theory and applications of semiconductor sensors and the basic theory and design concepts used in common electronic measurement systems used by electronic engineers.
ENGEE331Signals19B (Hamilton)
This paper covers communications signalling and modulation, and signals fundamentals. Wired and wireless, baseband and passband, the Fourier representation of signals, bandwidth, and transmit filtering, are taught.
ENGEE334Transmission Lines & Antennas19A (Hamilton)
The paper uses classical electromagnetic theory to describe the propagation of electromagnetic waves and to analyse applications like transmission lines, waveguides, antennas, and microwave circuits.
ENGEE335Integrated Circuits19B (Hamilton)
The paper covers techniques for fabricating ICs, CMOS devices, logic gate characteristics and design, monolithic topologies such as differential pairs, multipliers, current mirrors, bandgap references, opamps, device failure mechanisms, ESD, electromigration, and estimating circuit reliability.
ENGEE336Power Electronics19B (Hamilton)
Paper covers theory, design, applications and the systems approach in power electronics. Subjects include power semiconductors, power converters, energy storge devices, DC power management, AC power conditioning and surge protection.
ENGEN301Engineering Mathematics 319A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 219C (Hamilton)
Second 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 third year.
ENGEN390Special Topics in Engineering 119A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN391Special Topics in Engineering 219A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEV341Environmental Engineering 219B (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.
ENGEV342Sustainable Engineering19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of quality standards, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
ENGME323Thermofluids19B (Hamilton)
Application of basic principles of fluids and heat transfer to mechatronic engineering. Topics include fluid viscocity, fluid statics, hydraulics, flow in pipes, fans and pumps, conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer, heat exchangers and cooling electronic components.
ENGME352Machine Control and Applications19A (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students the theory and application of machine control.
ENGME353Electrical and Mechanical Machines19A (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students the theory and application of electrical and mechanical machines.
ENGME357Microcontrollers and Mechatronics19B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students the basics of mechatronics with advanced theory of machine control.
ENGME380Design and Manufacturing 219B (Hamilton)
This paper covers modern aspects of engineering design and manufacture.
ENGMP311Materials 219B (Hamilton)
It will develop understanding of the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.
ENGMP313Mechanics of Materials 219B (Hamilton)
Advanced level knowledge on mechanics and performance of materials, covering stress and strain transformations, failure criteria, unsymmetrical bending, torsion of non-circular sections, fatigue, materials selection and materials testing.
ENVPL301Planning for Sustainability19B (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines the contested notion of sustainability in both rural and urban planning contexts and explores current developments and best practice in these areas.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGCB523Advanced Energy Engineering19A (Hamilton)
Analysis of chemical processing plants and renewable, cogen and smart energy systems through pinch analysis and total site process integration.
ENGEN570Engineering Professional Practice 219Y (Hamilton)
Role engineers in industry, business and society, contract law and legal responsibility, Treaty of Waitangi considerations, intellectual property, teamwork and leadership skills, responsibilities of a professional, ethics with industrial case studies.
ENGEN581Honours Research Project19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
Final year honours research project carried out on a topic assigned and supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN583Special Topics in Engineering 319A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN584Special Topics in Engineering 419A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.?
ENGEN585Special Topics in Engineering 519A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN586Special Topics in Engineering 619A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN587Directed Study 119A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENGEN588Directed Study 219A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENGEV543Design for Energy and the Environment19B (Hamilton)
This interdisciplinary paper focuses on the important aspects of science and technology related to new and existing energy resources and energy efficiency. Topics covered reflect the trend of current development in energy technology.
ENGEV544Environmental Technology Water and Wastewater 119A (Hamilton)
No description available.
ENGEV545Environmental Technology Water and Wastewater 219B (Hamilton)
No description available.
ENVS524Environmental Evaluation19A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the interface between science and environmental planning. Insight into the resource consent process and the role of science in supporting sustainable resource management under the RMA is developed.

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Work placements are a major feature of the Environmental 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 350 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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