Water and Environmental Systems Engineering
The greatest challenges facing Aotearoa New Zealand and the world are dominated by environmental factors: climate change, natural hazards, river and water quality, food production, population health, etc. We need to find a way to effectively integrate the built environment with the natural environment, and a minor in Water and Environmental Systems Engineering focuses on solving this. This minor is one of a kind in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The highest quality academic staff have been recruited globally to drive research and teaching activities relevant to these critical challenges. Water and Environmental Systems engineers integrate our understanding of engineering, communities, and the environment in a way that is ethical and effective. Therefore, it's important for our engineers to include mana whenua in the process of developing solutions.
- UC is ranked 9th in the world for Civil Engineering (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020), and in the top 100 universities in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
- UC is the only university in Aotearoa New Zealand that offers this minor focusing on water and environmental engineering challenges.
- Employers recognise the excellent skills of UC Civil Engineering graduates. UC Civil and Structural Engineering is ranked 1st in New Zealand and 26th in the world for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
- Studying towards this minor increases your knowledge of both natural and civil engineering for a wider range of career pathways.
- The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering is fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand.
- See the Engineering subject page for many other reasons why UC's College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha is a world-class destination for engineering studies.
UC offers a minor in Water and Environmental Systems Engineering within the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. Students intending to complete this minor must also complete the Civil Engineering discipline.
Water and Environmental Systems Engineering minor
The following courses are required for the Water and Environmental Systems Engineering minor throughout the degree:
Plus three courses from:
- ENCN 444 Water Infrastructure and Design
- ENCN 445 Environmental Fluid Mechanics
- ENNR 422 Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering
- ENCN 481 Environmental Engineering Design
- ENNR 405 Ecological and Bioresources Engineering
- Any approved 400-level Engineering course
ENCN 493 must be taken with a water or environmental systems engineering focus project approved by the Director of Studies.
Students must also meet the requirements for the Civil Engineering discipline.
Population increase, urbanisation, and climate change are leading to complex challenges in how we manage our water and environment. The focus of this minor is to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to tackle these challenges.
Graduates can work in iwi organisations, local councils, consulting firms, infrastructure service companies, laboratories, and research firms, in areas such as water infrastructure design and management, water quality and water security issues, recycling, water supply operations, environmental compliance, and more.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Civil Engineering.
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