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
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.
Data science is the science of learning from data. Data science brings together techniques and methods from computer science, information science and statistics in order to extract knowledge from large, complex datasets, and to communicate and apply this knowledge. If you enjoy problem-solving and wish to combine your interests in statistics and computing, a degree in Data Science will appeal to you. You will learn how to use technology to acquire, handle and analyse data, and how to think critically and ethically. Graduates in Data Science obtain data-driven jobs in business, industry, government, consulting and science.
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.
The Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Marine Environmental Science is a coursework only (180-point) master’s degree designed to provide a bridge from your science or applied science degree to a career in the environmental sector associated with the marine realm. You will develop a global perspective of marine processes and human interaction with the marine environment – the challenges and needs of societies living in coastal regions, local and national marine resources and the need to develop coherent and robust policies and management plans. You will also develop a strong interdisciplinary perspective with an advanced focus on critical thinking and clear communication and presentation of scientific findings and management options.
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.
We have combined the disciplines of physical education with physical activity and health to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the theory and practices of health, wellness and wellbeing for individuals, communities and populations whatever their health status. It captures the reasons why we should be physically active, the physiology behind how physical activity works to influence health and how to prescribe exercise.
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.