Our Subjects

Study Science and Engineering at Waikato and you will be learning from lecturers whose expertise and knowledge in their subjects is respected both locally and internationally. Our progressive and innovative subject range allows our graduates to meet the needs of regional industries and to contribute to the development of the national and international knowledge economy.

Animal Behaviour: Animal Behaviour is the study of behaviour patterns in animals (including humans), and of how the behaviour of individuals helps to determine the density and distribution of populations. Knowledge of animal behaviour is of increasing importance in areas such as evolutionary biology, conservation, and the efficient and humane management of farm animals.

Biochemistry: Biochemistry is the explanation of life in chemical terms. It involves the study of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, which are the fundamental molecules of life. Biochemists try to understand how these molecules interact in living organisms, in health and disease.

Biological Sciences: Biological Sciences is for those who love life. Whether you want to stand in a metre of mud, on top of a tree, perhaps under the sea or on a kilometre of Antarctic ice, biology is for you.

Biotechnology: Biotechnology is the application of science and engineering to develop useful products from biological materials. Biotechnology is a very broad discipline, ranging from cloning to cheese making, and products from antibiotics to beer.

Chemical & Biological Engineering: Chemical & Biological Engineering is concerned with producing and processing biochemicals and related materials, including the design and operation of bioreactors and bioseparation processes.

Chemistry: Chemistry is the science of substances – their structures, their properties and reactions that change them into other substances.

Civil Engineering: New Zealand needs competent and trained professionals in civil engineering practices that can address those challenges in urban and rural infrastructure including: construction, earthquake proofing, energy recovery, water/waste management, power generation, road networks, transport management, agriculture and forestry development.

Earth Sciences: An understanding of earth and ocean sciences is vital if we are to sustainably manage Earth’s energy, water, mineral, soil and coastal resources. The earth sciences are also the key to predicting and managing natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and volcanic eruptions.

Electronic Engineering: Electronic engineering is concerned with the design, development, manufacture and application of electronic devices, circuits and systems.

Engineering: New Zealand needs more engineers. Currently, only 800 engineers graduate each year; similar countries to New Zealand graduate double this number. Increasing the number of engineers trained is seen as essential for our country’s growth in technology-related enterprises.

Environmental Engineering: As the world’s demand for materials, food and energy grows it will be environmental engineers who ensure that practices are developed to meet that demand, and contribute to protecting and enhancing our natural and built environment.

Environmental Planning: Do you care about the natural environment? Are you interested in making a difference to the world we live in? If so, then Environmental Planning could be the field for you.

Environmental Sciences: If we are to achieve environmental sustainability, we need to understand how the environment works and ensure we leave the world in a healthy functioning state for future generations.

Materials and Process Engineering: This discipline combines chemical, mechanical and materials engineering to produce professional engineers with a wide range of skills for the processing and manufacturing industries.

Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Engineering uses mechanics and energy principles to design, research, develop and manufacture tools, engines, motors and other devices.

Physics: Physics aims to understand the entire physical world, from the sub-atomic to the cosmological.

Psychology: Originally the study of the spirit or soul (psyche), Psychology is today a diverse discipline which embraces all aspects of human experience.

Software Engineering: Software engineering is the scientific, disciplined and quantifiable approach to developing, operating and maintaining complex software systems. These software systems include operating systems, networks, real-time and embedded systems, distributed and parallel systems, as well as engineering, scientific and business application software.

Science, Technology and Environmental Education: Research in science, technology and environmental education is multi-disciplinary in nature. Academic programmes are offered at Graduate level only through the Technology, Environmental, Mathematics and Science (TEMS) Education Research Centre.