Department of Exercise Sciences


Double majors - Physiology or Psychology

Courses from the Department of Exercise Sciences can be combined with courses from other departments so students can complete a double major.

Most students interested in studying exercise sciences at The University of Auckland choose to do a Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in the Exercise Sciences, but you can also include it with other programmes or majors.

You may choose to take more than one major when studying a BSc, this is a double major. Popular choices for our students completing a double major have been with either Psychology or Physiology. You may also apply for a conjoint degree. A conjoint degree means that you can complete two different bachelor degrees in a shorter time frame than they would take if you completed them separately.

As an example of a conjoint degree, if a student studied a BSc/BCom, conjoint, the student can then major in Exercise Sciences for the BSc and either in Marketing or Accounting for the BCom. This will take minimum of four years of study. Some combinations of conjoint degrees require five years study and require more points.

Conjoint degrees can be complicated so it is best to get help with planning conjoint programmes.

The BSc in Exercise Sciences can lead to further postgraduate study and research as outlined in the road map.

Exercise Sciences/Physiology


A major in Exercise Sciences must include the following 60 points, or four courses, at Stage III:

  • EXERSCI 301 S1 C Exercise Physiology 2
  • EXERSCI 303 S1 C Biomechanics 2
  • EXERSCI 304 S2 C Sport Psychology
  • EXERSCI 305 S2 H Movement Neuroscience.

A major in Physiology must include 45 points, or three courses, from the following five courses:

  • MEDSCI 309 S2 H Biophysics of Nerve and Muscle
  • MEDSCI 311 S1 H Cardiovascular Biology
  • MEDSCI 312 S2 H Endocrinology of Growth and Metabolism.
  • MEDSCI 316 S1 H Sensory Neuroscience: From Molecules to Disease
  • MEDSCI 317 S2 H Integrative Neuroscience: From Fetus to Adult

It is possible to complete a double major in these two subjects with 105 points at Stage III. This is a more academically demanding final year than is required to complete a BSc in either area separately.

To plan this programme the appropriate prerequisite courses for each subject at Stage I and Stage II must also be completed, in addition to fulfilling the other requirements of a BSc as set out in The University of Auckland Calendar.

A double major in Exercise Sciences and Physiology offers the opportunity to advance to a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) or a BSc (Hons) degree, then Masters in either subject. For a double major the required points for each major must be met independently. It is important to seek guidance from the Faculty of Science and departments on enrolment so as to structure your programme and ensure prerequisites for both majors are met and sequenced appropriately.

The specific courses offered by the two departments which would need to be completed to graduate with a double major are detailed below.

Year One

 

Eight courses:

  • EXERSCI 101 S1 C Foundations of Exercise Sciences and Sport
  • EXERSCI 103 S1 C Human Anatomy
  • BIOSCI  107 S1 C Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development
  • MEDSCI  142 S2 C Biology Biomedical Sciences: Organ Systems
  • PSYCH  109 S1 or S2 C Mind, Brain and Behaviour

or:

  • PSYCH 108 S1 or S2 C Individual, Social and Applied Psychology

and 45 points approved electives:

  • EXERSCI 105 S2 C Exercise Prescription

or:

We highly recommend at least 15 points from CHEM 150, STATS 101, MATHS 102, PHYSICS 160, or other courses in Chemistry, Computer Science or a course from the General Education schedule.
 

Year Two

 

Eight courses:

  • EXERSCI 201 S1 C Exercise Physiology 1
  • EXERSCI 202 S2 C Principles of Tissue Adaptation
  • EXERSCI 203 S1 C Biomechanics 1
  • EXERSCI 204 S2 C Psychology of Physical Activity
  • MEDSCI 205 S1  C The Physiology of Human Organ Systems
  • MEDSCI 206 S2  C Introduction to Neuroscience

and 30 points of electives from approved courses or courses from the General Education schedule.
 

Year Three

 

Eight courses:

  • EXERSCI 301 S1 C Exercise Physiology 2
  • EXERSCI 303 S1 C Biomechanics 2
  • EXERSCI 304 S2 C Sport Psychology
  • EXERSCI 305 S2 H Movement Neuroscience

and at least three courses from the following:

  • MEDSCI 309 S2 H Biophysics of Nerve and Muscle
  • MEDSCI 311 S1 H Cardiovascular Biology
  • MEDSCI 312 S2 H* Endocrinology of Growth and Metabolism
  • MEDSCI 316 S1 H Sensory Neuroscience: From Molecules to Disease
  • MEDSCI 317 tba H Integrative Neuroscience: From Fetus to Adult

Recommended electives include:

  • EXERSCI 302* S2C Exercise Physiology for Special Populations

or 15 additional points in General Education if not completed earlier.

*(Recommended elective, particularly if you are planning on postgraduate study for the PGDipSci in Clinical Exercise Physiology).

NB: Please check prerequisite requirements and structuring of programme.

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Exercise Sciences/Psychology


A major in Exercise Sciences must include 60 points, or four courses, at Stage III:

  • EXERSCI 301 S1 C Exercise Physiology 2
  • EXERSCI 303 S1 C Biomechanics 2
  • EXERSCI 304 S2 C Sport Psychology
  • EXERSCI 305 S2 H Movement Neuroscience.

A major in Psychology must include at least 45 points, or three courses, at Stage III.
*It is possible to complete a double major in these two subjects with 105 points at Stage III.

This is a more academically demanding final year, than is required to complete a BSc in either area separately.

To plan such a programme the appropriate prerequisite courses for each subject at Stage I and Stage II must also be completed, in addition to fulfilling the other requirements of a BSc as set out in The University of Auckland Calendar. You should also consult with the School of Psychology.

A double major in Exercise Sciences/Psychology offers the opportunity to advance to a PGDipSci or a BSc(Hons) degree in either subject, providing the additional requirements for entry to those degrees are met.

For a double major the required points for each major must be met independently. It is important to seek guidance from Faculty of Science and the department/school on enrolment to structure program and ensure pre requisites for both majors met and sequenced appropriately.

The specific courses offered by the Department of Exercise Sciences and the School of Psychology which would need to be completed to graduate with a double major are detailed below:

Year One

 

Eight courses:

  • EXERSCI 101 S1 C Foundations of Exercise Sciences and Sport
  • EXERSCI 103 S1 C Human Anatomy
  • BIOSCI 107 S1 C Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development
  • MEDSCI 142 S2 C Biology for Biomedical Sciences: Organ Systems
  • PSYCH 108 S1 or S2 C Individual, Social and Applied Psychology
  • PSYCH 109 S1 or S2 C Mind, Brain and Behaviour

Plus STATS 101 and at least 15 points from EXERSCI 105 S2C Exercise Prescription, CHEM 150,  MATHS 102, PHYSICS 160, or other courses in Chemistry, Computer Science or a course from the General Education schedule.

Year Two

 

Eight courses:

  • EXERSCI 201 S1 C Exercise Physiology 1
  • EXERSCI 202 S2 C Principles of Tissue Adaptation
  • EXERSCI 203 S1 C Biomechanics 1
  • EXERSCI 204 S2 C Psychology of Physical Activity
  • MEDSCI 205 S1 C The Physiology of Human Organ Systems

Plus 45 points from PSYCH 201-208.

Year Three

 

Eight courses:

  • EXERSCI 301 S1 C Exercise Physiology 2
  • EXERSCI 303 S1 C Biomechanics 2
  • EXERSCI 304 S2 C Sport Psychology
  • EXERSCI 305 S2 H Movement Neuroscience
  • EXERSCI 302 S2 C Exercise Physiology for Special Populations

(EXERSCI 302 is a recommended elective, particularly if you are planning on postgraduate study for the PGDipSci in Clinical Exercise Physiology).

At least 45 points from PSYCH 303-364.

*Note: while EXERSCI 304 Sport Psychology, is required for the Exercise Sciences major it can also be counted toward the Psychology major, but you may not use it as points towards both.

 

For a full list of courses available within the Department visit Exercise Sciences – Courses.

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