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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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Study Location:Hamilton
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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: CHEMY102, ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.

Plus 15 points of electives from: BIOEB101, CHEMY101, ENGEN110 or ENGEN111.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: ENGCB223, ENGCB224, ENGCB280, ENGEN201, ENGEN270, ENGEN271, ENGME221 and ENGMP211.

Plus 15 points of electives from: BIOMO203, CHEMY203 or CHEMY204.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: ENGCB321, ENGCB322, ENGCB323, ENGCB324, ENGCB380, ENGEN301, ENGEN370 and ENGEN371.

Plus 15 points of electives from: CHEMY201, CHEMY202, BIOMO303, CHEMY303, CHEMY304, ENGEV341 or ENGEN390.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).

Year 4

Students must take the following papers: ENGCB521, ENGCB580, ENGEN570 and ENGEN581.

Plus 30 points of electives (with no more than one 300 level paper) from: BIOMO303, CHEMY303, CHEMY304, ENGCV323, ENGEN391, ENGEV341, ENGCB523, ENGCB527, ENGEV541, ENGEV542 or ENGME580.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOEB101Concepts of Biology20A (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.
CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy20A (Hamilton) & 20C (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity20B (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
ENGEN101Engineering Mathematics 1A20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
ENGEN102Engineering Mathematics 1B20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20C (Hamilton)
A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20G (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (Hamilton)
Statics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Application of freebody diagrams and equations of equilibrium to calculate internal and external forces and moments on/in structures and mechanisms. Kinetics and kinematics of particles. Geometric properties of areas.
ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (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.
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering20B (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...
ENGEN170Engineering and Society20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Engineering20A (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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMO203Microbiology20A (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 Chemistry20B (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.
CHEMY202Physical Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry20A (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 Chemistry20A (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)
ENGCB223Fluid Mechanics20B (Hamilton)
Basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including fluid viscosity, Bernoulli and mechanical energy equation, momentum analysis, dimensional analysis, flow in pipes, ducts and channels, and external flow over objects.
ENGCB224Heat and Mass Transfer20B (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 120B (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 220B (Hamilton)
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.
ENGEN270Engineering and Business20A (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...
ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 120X (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.
ENGEN272Engineering Work Placement 120X (Hamilton)
First work placement for the DipEPP 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 Thermodynamics20A (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 120A (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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMO303Advanced Microbiology20B (Hamilton)
The paper will provide knowledge of microbial functions and the role of the microbiome in human and ecosystem health.
CHEMY301Advanced Organic Chemistry20A (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.
CHEMY302Advanced Physical Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
This course covers advanced aspects of physical chemistry including quantum mechanics and spectroscopy; statistical thermodynamics; surface chemistry.
CHEMY303Advanced Inorganic Chemistry20B (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.
CHEMY304Advanced Analytical Chemistry20B (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.
ENGCB321Thermal Engineering20B (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 Operations20B (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 Engineering20A (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 Operations20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the application of heat and mass transfer, and thermodynamics to chemical and physical separation process.
ENGCB380Process Engineering Design 220B (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.
ENGCV323Water Engineering 220A (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...
ENGEN301Engineering Mathematics 320A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
ENGEN370Engineering and Environment20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of environmental impact, risk and resilience, emissions and standards, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 220X (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.
ENGEN372Engineering Work Placement 220X (Hamilton)
Second work placement for the DipEPP 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.
ENGEN390Special Topics in Engineering 120X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN391Special Topics in Engineering 220X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEV341Environmental Engineering 220B (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.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGCB521Advanced Process Control20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the fundamentals of process control, and introduces advanced process control strategies.
ENGCB523Advanced Energy Engineering20B (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.
ENGCB527Advanced Biological Engineering20A (Hamilton)
This paper will cover various kinetic aspects of the upstream and downstream segments of a fermentation process.
ENGCB580Process Engineering Design Project20D (Hamilton)
This paper will cover various aspects of biochemical engineering used in producing biologically derived products including fermentation, downstream processing, and meat processing.
ENGEN570Engineering and the Profession20D (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.
ENGEN581Honours Research Project20D (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
Final year honours research project carried out on a topic assigned and supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN583Special Topics in Engineering 320X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEV541Advanced Water and Wastewater Engineering20A (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 Biowin and Superpro Designer.
ENGEV542Waste Minimisation Engineering20A (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.
ENGME580Product Innovation and Development20A (Hamilton)
ENGME580 teaches students the innovation and product development process; levels of innovation, how to screen ideas, Intellectual Property and how to develop a Business Plan. Students will be required to start with a basic product brief, produce a product idea, design and develop a prototype and 'pitch' it to 'investors'.

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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: contact-hecs@waikato.ac.nz
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