Department of Exercise Sciences


The Exercise Sciences programme

The Department of Exercise Sciences offer numerous study options for undergraduate students.

Programme overview


The Exercise Sciences major can be taken as a three years Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, a four year BSc with Honours (Hons) degree, or as part of a conjoint degree programme, eg, Bachelor of Arts / BSc.

It is important to plan your programme carefully to make sure they meet the entry requirements for advanced courses and avoid timetable clashes. For detailed information on degree regulations refer to University of Auckland Calendar.

Electives are available in each year of your studies and should be chosen carefully, since they determine the subjects you can advance in to higher levels. It is worthwhile reading the information on Double Majors and planning your BSc.

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Programme Structure and requirements


The regulations for 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.

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Year One (Stage I courses)


Mandatory:

  • 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

or:

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

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

45 points from electives:

  • EXERSCI 105 S2 C Exercise Prescription

or:

We highly recommend 15 points from Statistics or other courses from Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or General Education Schedules.

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Year Two (Stage II courses)


Mandatory:

  • 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

or from the Science or General Education schedules.

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Year Three (Stage III courses)


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

Mandatory:

  • 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

or 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.

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Course prescriptions


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

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