Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition)

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification; see Massey University undergraduate entry requirements. It is strongly recommended (but not compulsory) that students beginning their study of human nutrition should have a sound background in chemistry and biology to NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent). It will be assumed that students enrolled in the first year chemistry courses, 123.101 and 123.102, will have studied at least 20 credits from NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or an equivalent alternative) and have achieved at least 14. Mathematics is also desirable.

If you have some chemistry background, but not to NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent), we recommend that you take 123.103 Introductory Chemistry. This course will introduce you to basic chemical vocabulary and provides training in the important chemical principles. Similarly, if you have not done NCEA Level 3 biology you can take 162.103 Introductory Biology before beginning your programme. Before enrolling in these courses you will need a university entrance qualification or, if you enrol over the summer, you must achieve the university entrance requirements before the beginning of Semester One.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


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Possible First Year

Internal students at Auckland and Manawatū campuses

247.155 Communication in the Sciences
123.101 Chemistry & Living Systems
162.101 Biology of Cells
214.131 Introduction to Food and Nutrition*
122.102 Biochemistry of Cells**
194.101 Essentials of Mammalian Biology
161.130 Introductory Biostatistics

*214.131 is a highly recommended course for the Human Nutrition major but it is not compulsory. If necessary, you can replace this with another 100-level (first year) course for your second major or minor. **Students must have passed both 123.101 Chemistry & Living Systems and 162.101 Biology of Cells before commencing course 122.102 Biochemistry of Cells.


In addition to these seven courses, choose one elective course. It is easy to select additional 100-level (first year) courses that will allow you to add another major or minor to your degree or pursue an alternative major in your second year. Check that any additional majors and minors that you would like to add are available at your campus or can be completed with distance study.

  • If you have started with a Veterinary Science Intermediate in Semester One you can continue into the Human Nutrition major in Semester Two. You will have 199.101 Biology of Animals and 124.111 Physics for Life Sciences which are suitable electives.
  • If you are interested in Biological Sciences, replace 214.131 Introduction to Food and Nutrition with 120.101 Biology of Plants and add 199.101 Biology of Animals
  • If you are interested in Psychology, ensure you are enrolled in 175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science.
  • If you are interested in Exercise and Sport Science, ensure you are enrolled in 234.121 Structural Kinesiology.

With this selection of courses, you will have also met the first year requirements of Animal Science, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Physiology.

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