Natural Resources Engineering Programme 2013
The Natural Resources Engineering Programme is a four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(NatRes) degree offered through the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury.
This is the only University in New Zealand which offers the programme.
Academics from both Natural Resources Engineering and Civil Engineering, who have special interests in various applied science and engineering disciplines, bring interdisciplinary perspectives to the programme.
What are the job opportunities?
Our graduates are scarce in the professional workplace and there are plenty of exciting jobs, research and academic opportunities in New Zealand and overseas. Please check the Careers page for a list of possible employers.
Recent graduates have worked in the UK, USA, Australia, Eire, SE Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and many other exciting places.
If applied sciences, engineering and the environment interest you, then you might like this programme. The programme addresses real-world environmental issues and provides insight into current ecological (sustainable) technologies available for solving such problems.
This page contains information regarding courses and contacts for those pursuing a BE(Hons)(Nat Res) degree.
Additional details are available from the below links:
- BE(Honours) degrees explained
- Careers and Professional Opportunities
- Natural Resources Engineering BE(Hons) overview
- Specific Natural Resources Engineering course information - 2013 Civil and Natural Resources Undergraduate Handbook (PDF, 782 Kb)
- Degree regulations - University Calendar
The degree consists of an Intermediate year and three professional years. Specific details about these years is given below.
The courses taken in this year are required but the specifc courses needed depend on your NCEA results or previous education.
First Professional Year courses
The first professional year of study for both the BE(Civil) and BE(NatRes) is the same. The courses provide a broad introduction to key areas such as structures, geomechanics, fluid mechanics, transportation and GIS and environmental engineering. Additionally, skills in design mathematics and computation are developed.
Programme Requirement: ENCN 201 Communication Skills Portfolio 1
These courses are compulsory. If you need a change considered, please contact the 1st Pro Co-ordinator, Alessandro Palmero as early as possible.
- EMTH 210 Engineering Mathematics
- ENCN 221 Engineering Materials
- ENCN 231 Solid Mechanics
- ENCN 261 Transport and Surveying
- ENCN 213 Design Studio 1
- ENCN 242 Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology
- ENCN 253 Soil Mechanics
- ENCN 281 Environmental Engineering
Note: Students are required to attend the First Professional Camp. Field and plotting work at the Camp form part of the examination for ENCN 261 Transport and Surveying. In 2013 the 5-day camp is to be held at Living Springs during the first semester break (15-20 April). The cost of the camp is included in your fees.
Second Professional Year
The second professional year of study still retains some commonality between the two degree programmes – BE(Hons) (Civil) and BE(Hons) (Nat Res). Common areas include mathematics, fluid mechanics, design, environmental engineering and infrastructure management.
The courses listed below are compulsory. Please check the Handbook or Calendar for all details including any approval requirements or pre- and co-requisite courses. If you have questions or problems please contact the 2nd Pro Co-ordinator Cédric Lambert.
- ENCN 304 Deterministic Mathematical Methods
- ENNR 320 Integrated Catchment Analysis
- ENCN 305 Computer Programming and Stochastic Modelling
- ENCN 371 Engineering Management
- ENNR 313 Natural Resources Engineering Design Studio 2
- ENNR 322 Ecological Engineering
- ENCN 342 Fluid Mechanics
- ENCN 353 Geotechnical Engineering 2
Third Professional Year
This year offers much more flexibility and includes both compulsory and elective courses. There are two compulsory courses, ENCN 493 Project (whole year) and ENCN 470 Professional Engineering Development (Semester 2).
CNRE Degree Pathways - A document put together to help you to decide on what sort of courses you should take to prepare for common careers.
If you have questions or problems please contact the 3rd Pro Co-ordinator, Brendon Bradley.
In addition to ENCN 493 and ENCN 470, students take a total of 5 courses listed below. With approval of the department, students can substitute one listed course with another course at a 400 level in a different department or with a 600 level course.
- ENNR 405 Ecological and Bioresources Engineering
- ENNR 423 Sustainable Energy Systems
- ENCN 401 Engineering in Developing Communities
- ENCN 415 Pavement Engineering
- ENCN 444 Water Infrastructure and Design
- ENCN 452 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
- ENGR 403 Fire Engineering
- ENGE 412 Rock Mechanics and Engineering
- GEOL 475 Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
- ENNR 422 Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering
- ENCN 412 Traffic Engineering
- ENCN 454 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
- ENCN 481 Environmental Engineering Design
- ENGE 411 Engineering Geology in Construction Practice
- ENGE 415 Engineering Geomorphology
- WATR 403 Water Management, Policy and Planning
- ENCI 638 Environmental Fluid Dynamics (can be taken with adequate GPA and HOD approval)