BSc - Materials Science as a major
If you're intrigued by the natural world around you, or enjoy understanding how things work, Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is what you're looking for. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of this degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment.
Explore the world of metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and semiconductors. From levitating trains to electronic paper, there are some exciting developments underway in the world of Materials Science that you could be a part of!
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|Start Dates:||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
|Fees (Domestic):||$7,130 (approx) per year|
|Fees (International):||$29,705-$31,795 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.|
- Materials Scientist
- Materials Consultant
- Materials Selection Consultant
- Materials Production Scientist/Consultant
- Materials Failure Analyst
- Life Cycle Analysis Scientist/Consultant
- Sustainable Development Scientist/Consultant
- Corrosion Consultant
- Failure Analysis Consultant
- Metallurgical Manufacturing Scientist/Consultant
- Ceramic Manufacturing Scientist/Consultant
- Composites Manufacturing Scientist/Consultant
- Wood Manufacturing Scientist/Consultant
- Sustainable Materials Scientist/Consultant
- Research Scientist
Degree planner — BSc in Materials Science
If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points. This structure applies to study starting in 2019.
Note: CHEMY204 counts towards the BSc and BSc(Tech) numeracy requirements.
Lists A, B and C
Science electives: A range of STEM papers to broaden your scientific skill set.
Choose 45 points from the following:
- APHYS111 Physics in Context
- BIOEB101 Concepts of Biology
- BIOBE102 Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity
- BIOMO101 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
- CHEMY100 Chemistry in Context
- CHEMY101 Structure and Spectroscopy
- CHEMY102 Chemical Reactivity
- EARTH101 Introduction to Earth System Sciences
- EARTH102 Discovering Planet Earth
- ENGEN111 Electricity and Electronics
- ENGEN112 Materials Science and Engineering
- ENGEN180 Foundations of Engineering
- ENVSC101 Environmental Science
- PHILO102 Introduction to Logic
Career Start papers: Project or research papers which draw on your experiences in the degree to prepare you for your chosen career.
Choose one from the following:
Numeracy skills papers: Across your degree, you should take two papers which increases your confidence in quantitative science. In many cases this will be met through papers ordinarily selected.
Choose 30 points from the following:
- MATHS168 Preparatory Mathematics
- MATHS165 General Mathematics
- MATHS135 Discrete Structures
- MATHS101 Introduction to Calculus
or ENGEN184 Calculus for Engineers
- MATHS102 Introduction to Algebra
or ENGEN183 Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers
- COMPX101 Introduction to Computer Science
or ENGEN103 Engineering Computing
- STATS111 Statistics for Science
or STATS121 Introduction to Statistical Methods
- PHYSC100 General Physics
or PHYSC101 Physics for Engineers and Scientists
or ENGEN110 Engineering Mechanics
- MATHS2XX Any 200 Level Mathematics
- STATS2XX Any 200 Level Statistics
- CHEMY202 Physical Chemistry
or CHEMY204 Analytical Chemistry
- COMPX2XX Any 200 Level Computer Science
- EARTH251 Spatial Analysis in Geosciences
or ENVPL202 Cartography and Spatial Analysis
- ENGEN201 Engineering Mathematics 2
Papers available within Materials Science
Materials Science focuses on understanding the intrinsic structure of a material and the control of its structure through processing. It studies the relationship of the engineering properties of the three main classes of materials (metals, polymers and ceramics) as well as composites and semiconductors.
Materials Science is available as a major for the BSc and the BSc(Tech). Materials Science may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Materials Science as a single major for the BSc and the BSc(Tech), students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Materials Science, including CHEMY101, ENGEN112, CHEMY204, ENGME280, ENGMP211, 15 points from either CHEMY201 or CHEMY203, ENGMP311, ENGMP312 and 15 points from either CHEMY301, CHEMY303 or CHEMY304.
To complete Materials Science as part of a double major for the BSc and the BSc(Tech) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from the papers listed for Materials Science, including CHEMY101, ENGEN112, CHEMY204, ENGME280, ENGMP211, 15 points from either CHEMY201 or CHEMY203 and 30 points from ENGMP311, ENGMP312, CHEMY301, CHEMY303 or CHEMY304.
To complete a minor in Materials Science, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Materials Science major, including at least 30 points above 100 level, and including ENGEN112, ENGEN180, ENGMP211 and ENGMP311.
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|CHEMY101||Structure and Spectroscopy||20A (Hamilton) & 20C (Hamilton)|
|A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.|
|ENGEN112||Materials Science and Engineering||20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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...|
|ENGEN180||Foundations of Engineering||20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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||Occurrence / Location|
|CHEMY201||Organic Chemistry||20B (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.|
|CHEMY203||Inorganic Chemistry||20A (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.|
|CHEMY204||Analytical Chemistry||20A (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)|
|ENGME280||Design and Manufacturing 1||20B (Hamilton)|
|The paper focuses on the principles of fundamental manufacturing processes and engineering design methods. Practical aspects of selected major manufacturing processes via workshop and practical sessions give students the opportunities to build up their practical skills and apply their theoretical knowledge to solving practical prob...|
|ENGMP211||Materials 1||20A (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.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|CHEMY301||Advanced Organic Chemistry||20A (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers advanced aspects of organic chemistry including pericyclic reactions, natural product chemistry, organic synthesis including retrosynthetic analysis and stereo-electronic influences in carbohydrate chemistry.|
|CHEMY303||Advanced Inorganic Chemistry||20B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers advanced aspects of inorganic chemistry including heavy transition elements; f-elements; organometallic chemistry of main group and transition metals; bioinorganic chemistry; solid state chemistry.|
|CHEMY304||Advanced Analytical Chemistry||20B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers advanced aspects of analytical chemistry including inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Mossbauer and Raman spectroscopy, quality control and assurance, sampling techniques and method validation.|
|ENGMP311||Materials 2||20B (Hamilton)|
|It will develop understanding of the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.|
|ENGMP312||Materials Manufacture||20A (Hamilton)|
|This paper deepens the understanding of students on the relationships between processing conditions, microstructure and properties of materials manufactured via major materials processing technologies including solidification methods, ceramic processing, metallic powder consolidation, and fabrication of composite materials. The pap...|
Scholarships and prizes
Selected scholarships for Materials Science students.
New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $3,000.