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, 2021).
- UC is the only university in Aotearoa New Zealand that offers this minor focusing on water and environmental engineering challenges.
- 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 Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering is a world-class destination for engineering studies.
Water and Environmental Systems Engineering minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, complete the following courses:
- ENCN 493 Research Project
- Three courses chosen from the optional list, or any approved 400-level Engineering courses
Plus meet the requirements for Civil Engineering.
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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