Applied Geology looks at how geological issues affect the lives of human beings.
People working in this field are concerned with naturally-occurring geological hazards, including earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions and land erosion. They also address environmental problems, like waste disposal and groundwater contamination, and how to manage and access natural resources, such as groundwater, petroleum, coal and minerals.
Fisheries science is the study of managing and understanding fisheries.The market for seafood is huge, and growing fast but stocks of fish are dropping dramatically due to overfishing, pollution and other human impacts. This is where Aquaculture and Fisheries Science come together.
Biological Engineering, biotechnological engineering or bioengineering (including biological systems engineering) is the application of engineering principles to address challenges in the fields of biology and medicine
Clothing and many materials meet basic human needs, and increasingly specific targeted needs such as health care, protection, and other needs. Materials are essential to performance, safety, health, and feelings of well-being in both the physical sense (e.g. for protection and warmth) and the social sense (e.g. belonging to a group, communication). Papers in Clothing and Textile Sciences at the University of Otago aim to provide the terminology, theoretical bases and practical competencies to analyse structure, function and behaviour of clothing and selected materials including textiles, leather, films, and nanofibres.
A computational modeller studies real-life problems and processes and then distills the key features into mathematical equations to construct a model. A well-designed model is the key to a successful outcome, while a badly designed model will make any mathematical solution worthless. It is no wonder that skilled computational modellers are in high demand. We are fortunate to have some of the top mathematical and computational modellers at the University of Otago.
Consumer Food Scientists need to understand the technical, socio-economic and psychological factors influencing food choice as well as listening to the stakeholders working in food companies in order to develop innovative processes and products.
Energy Management is all about how to make the best use of our present and future energy sources in order to avoid crises, both economic and environmental. In a modern economy we take energy services, such as transport, lighting, heating, and electrical appliances for granted. Yet behind these services lies a complex network of energy technologies to ensure that fuels, hydro-power, geothermal energy, and other primary sources get converted into the services we want.
We are all aware of the environmental crises that are plaguing the world. From global warming and deforestation, to soil erosion and landfills, it seems like a catalogue of disasters that no one is doing anything about. The good news is that there are now increasing numbers of people on the case. Environmental Management is about coordinating these efforts - investigating problems, developing solutions, and working in multi-disciplinary teams to get things done.
Analytical science is increasingly being applied forensically in business; for compliance with legislation, marketing and the protection of products and brands from fraud.
The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) in Geographic Information Systems looks at how spatial information is captured, integrated, modelled and visualised. This means studying satellite remote sensing, photographic techniques and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) along with information science. Results can be used by government agencies, businesses, health authorities, surveyors, planners and many others.
Molecular Biotechnology is about the application of biological science at the molecular level. It is one of the most exciting and fast growing fields of science, so much so that TIME magazine called the 21st Century the "Biotechnology Century". This claim was based on the explosion of molecular technologies, and the impact these technologies are likely to have upon the world we live in. Already, the number of new products being developed for human and animal health is growing exponentially, and this trend is well and truly set to continue.
Quantitative Genetics uses statistical methods to understand the complexities of genetic inheritance, and can be applied in human medicine, population genetics and for selective breeding of plants and animals. So Quantitative Genetics is key in improving New Zealand’s primary sector productivity and profitability as well as for understanding the genetic basis of a very wide range of diseases.
This new major is available for the Master of Applied Science and is an interdisciplinary coursework programme that interweaves innovation through cutting edge science that is relevant to science-based businesses.
Software Engineering is about the sound construction of computer systems for today and tomorrow.
Computers are everywhere. Computer information and control systems have become increasingly embedded and integrated into the very fabric of human society. They control our clocks, washing machines, motor vehicles, traffic lights, the electric power to our homes, and the essential processes of our production economy.
Sports Exercise Science and Human Nutrition are the sciences that look at the interactions people have with food and sport and exercise. Human Nutrition includes food production, food selection and food service, the consumption of food, how the body uses the energy and nutrients in food. Sport and Exercise Science includes mechanical, physiological and psychological responses to human movement and how these responses affect exercise performance capacity and health outcomes.
How does technology enhance sporting performance? With advanced analysis tools; with hi-tech sportswear; with innovative design in training equipment and programmes; in leading research into human physiology. How does sports technology enhance New Zealand’s economy? By developing new technologies and products to export; engaging with local and international business. How does Sports Technology extend knowledge? Innovative technologies enhance research, allowing us to better understand the capabilities of the human body. How can you be a part of all of this? By studying Sports Technology at University of Otago.