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From the natural environment, to our own health and wellbeing, to the technology we use in our everyday lives – science is everywhere.

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Science as a subject is only available for the qualifications listed on this page. For a list of programmes available for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science (Technology), please go to BSc and BSc(Tech).

It is scientists who will solve tomorrow’s problems and the future is calling for the next generation of curious minds who can do just that.

You can study a Certificate in the field of Science (Cert(Sc)) or a Diploma in the field of Science (Dip(Sc)) with a focus on any of the following subjects:

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100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
APHYS111Physics in Context20A (Hamilton)
This is an introductory paper in physics for students who have not studied physics or mathematics at NCEA level 2 or 3. It is intended to support a major in other science subjects. Emphasis is placed on describing everyday physics concepts using correct terminology. Examples of physics in action are drawn from many science areas. T...
CHEMY100Chemistry in Context20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
MATHS165General Mathematics20A (Hamilton)
An introduction to algebra, calculus and applications for students without NCEA Level 3 Mathematics. Students who meet the prerequisites of MATH101 and/or MATH102 should take these papers instead.
PHYSC100General Physics20A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the core ideas in physics. Topics covered include kinematics, mechanics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, electric circuits, optics, modern physics and relativity, taught in a problem solving context.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EARTH251Spatial Analysis in Geosciences20A (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.
SCIEN270Preparation for the Professional Workplace20B (Hamilton)
This paper constitutes preparation for the scientific workplace, and include CV preparation, interview technique, career mentoring/direction, skill identification, organisational; management structures, self-assessment tools, and professional behaviour.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SCIEN300Science Communication20G (Hamilton)
This paper discusses different ways in which science can be communicated by scientists to others. It gives students opportunities to practise verbal, written, visual and other forms of communication.
SCIEN301Capstone Project20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
Students complete an interdisciplinary group project on a topic of relevance to the scientific or wider community. For a list of available projects, please contact the paper coordinator.
SCIEN303Undergraduate Research Project20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
Students carry out an independent research project on an approved topic under staff supervision.
SCIEN305Science and Matauranga Maori20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper will provide science graduates with an understanding of both scientific and Matauranga Maori perspectives on topical issues and the ability to apply these in a Vision Matauranga context.
SCIEN313Undergraduate Research Project20C (Hamilton) & 20C (Tauranga)
Students carry out an independent research project on an approved topic under staff supervision.
SCIEN371Science Work Placement20X (Hamilton)
This paper provides a full-immersion, authentic work experience that is relevant to a student's study, in a professional workplace.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing20B (Hamilton)
A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge.
SCIEN512Data analysis and experimental design20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.
SCIEN570Planning for the Science Workplace and Scientific Practice20X (Hamilton)
This paper constitutes preparation for a professional scientific workplace, including evidencing skills, career planning, understanding societal expectations of a scientist, engaging with a relevant scientific workplace, sourcing a science problem to solve, ethical considerations, and writing a scientific investigation proposal.
SCIEN579Reflection on Scientific Practice and Career Planning20X (Hamilton)
This paper constitutes the reflective element of the practice of scientific inquiry in the professional science workplace as part of their research thesis undertaking. It also is the planning elements of a science career, including career direction, and the professional presentation as a graduate who is transitioning from being an...
SCIEN589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
No description available.
SCIEN592Dissertation20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCIEN593Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN594Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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Contacts

Faculty of Science & Engineering
Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email: contact-hecs@waikato.ac.nz
Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
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Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Phone: +64 7 838 4322 / 0800 924 528
Email: cms@waikato.ac.nz
Website: cms.waikato.ac.nz
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