Department of Exercise Sciences

Planning a BSc

At The University of Auckland we offer a wide range of programmes. To complete your degree in the minimum of three years, you will need to study eight courses (120 points) per year.

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Exercise Sciences is a three year degree that can be completed in a minimum of six semesters divided into three stages and requires passes in courses to a total value of 360 points, or 24 courses, including 30 points from courses in the General Education Schedule. Most courses are of 15 point value and typically eight courses should be attempted in any year.

The Exercise Sciences major is designed to provide skills for working with people – to make them:

  • stronger
  • faster
  • more efficient
  • better able to deal with stress and less susceptible to injury.

The programme is committed to developing quality professionals interested in working in:

  • exercise science
  • health
  • movement science
  • rehabilitation
  • sport.

Programme structure and regulations

Programme regulations for BSc in Exercise Sciences are:

Single or First Major must include:

  • 60 points: EXERSCI 101-103, BIOSCI 107, MEDSCI 142
  • 15 points from PSYCH 108,109
  • 75 points: EXERSCI 201-204, MEDSCI 205
  • 60 points: EXERSCI 301, 303-305

Second major must include:

  • 60 points: EXERSCI 101-103, BIOSCI 107, MEDSCI 142
  • 15 points from PSYCH 108,109
  • 75 points: EXERSCI 201-204, MEDSCI 205
  • 45 points: EXERSCI 301, 303-305

All courses are worth 15 points unless noted otherwise.

See the University Calendar for the BSc regulations


Year 1 (Stage I 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 Science: Organ Systems

Plus either

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


  • PSYCH 109 S1 or S2 C Mind, Brain and Behaviour

(can also be taken as an elective to total 30 points additionally.)

30 points from electives:

  • EXERSCI 105 S2 C Exercise Prescription


  • we recommend 15 points from Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Statistics or General Education schedules.

Year 2 (Stage II 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

45 points from electives:

  • EXERSCI 206 S2 C Exercise Nutrition


  • from the Science or General Education schedules.

Year 3 (Stage III courses)

At least 60 points at Stage III, including the following:


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

Plus three or four electives from:

  • EXERSCI 302 S2 C Exercise Physiology for Special Populations
  • EXERSCI 309 S1 or S2 T Practicum in the Exercise Sciences


  • from the Science or General Education schedules.

Note: Undergraduate students are required to include two General education courses in their degree outside of their main fields of study.



Course prescriptions

Full descriptions of undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Exercise Sciences can be accessed by visiting Exercise Sciences – Courses.