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Undergraduate subject

Natural Resources Engineering

06 October 2023
Natural resources and environmental engineers improve or maintain natural resources through creative design and wise application of technology.


Natural Resources Engineering



Note: From 2025, Natural Resources Engineering is being rebranded and offered as Civil Engineering with a minor in Water and Environmental Systems Engineering.

Sustainability is the focus of Natural Resources engineers — that means protecting, improving, and maintaining natural resources such as soil, water, and the atmosphere. This involves renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, and carbon positive cities.

Natural Resources engineers work alongside communities and mana whenua to create solutions for complex and large-scale crises like climate change, housing, and poverty.

Natural Resources Engineering

What will my study involve?

  • Gain experience in understanding and re-imagining sustainable engineering practices.
  • Benefit from world-class, high-tech laboratories on campus, and mentorship opportunities with experts in this developing field.
  • Fun and engaging programmes, involving field trips and camps.

Natural Resources Engineering


The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is made up of six compulsory courses taken by all Engineering students, plus courses specific to Natural Resources Engineering:

You also need to complete one other 100-level elective course. Check with a Student Advisor for suggested options.

More information:

2nd–4th years

Once you have completed the first year and successfully applied for entry into Natural Resources Engineering, you will study that discipline within the next three years.

Communication skills are nurtured throughout, as all professional engineers need to be able to provide detailed engineering reports and effectively take part in presentations, public hearings, and inquiries.

Second year

An external field camp also forms part of the second-year programme.

Third year

An external site visit also forms part of the third-year programme.

Fourth year

Plus four courses chosen from the electives list, or any approved 400-level Engineering courses.

Those with a GPA of 6 or more may take a 600-level course as one of their options, with approval.

Natural Resources Engineering

Career opportunities

Natural Resources engineers are highly sought after and there are plenty of exciting careers including research and academic opportunities in Aotearoa and globally.

Career pathways could include:

  • consulting
  • city and regional planning
  • government policy
  • research and development.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Natural Resources Engineering.

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