Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition)

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. 

Expected high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge to take this major. However, if you have not studied these subjects we have a pathway for you to progress to your major (see below).

  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Biology
  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

Other recommended high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subject (or equivalent) will help you study in this major but is not essential.

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91256, 91257, 91258, 91259, 91260, 91261, 91262, 91269

If it’s some time since you have studied Mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.

Haven’t studied the right subjects at high school?

The following pathways will get you prepared to study this major. If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Biology (or equivalent) take the following course first:

162.103 Introductory Biology

If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent) take the following course first:

  • 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences.

These courses are available in the summer semester and will count towards credits in your degree.

If you won’t have reached University Entrance before the summer semester begins, you may be able to apply through Discretionary Entrance.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition) structure

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please see below for a simplified plan.  Full regulations for the BSc should also be viewed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page.  The regulations page will also outline course prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you.

All Bachelor of Science students will take a selection of compulsory courses throughout the degree.  The first year structure, is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge and skill set which will equip them to go on to more advanced courses in the 2nd and 3rd years.

Human Nutrition has similar first year core courses to several other majors available in the Bachelor of Science, allowing students to change their major before their second year.  Note that changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.


For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Please check changes for current students in 2020.

At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of Science the following is required:

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • Completion of at least one major, consisting of 60 credits at 200 level and 60 credits at 300 level
  • A maximum of 165 credits at 100 level
  • A minimum of 75 credits must be from 300-level courses

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.



100-level courses

Take these in any order:
247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
161.111 Applied Statistics or 161.122 Statistics
124.103 Biophysical Principles or 160.101 Calculus or 160.102 Algebra or 160.104 Introductory Mathematics for Science or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics
194.101 Introductory Physiology

Take these in the order shown:
123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
162.101 Cell Biology
122.102 Biochemistry

Recommended 100-level elective:
214.131 Introduction to Food and Nutrition

Students must pass at least 90 credits from the BSc Schedule A, including any compulsory courses, in their first 120 credits of study towards the Bachelor of Science.

200-level courses in the major

Take all four:
151.231 Food Chemistry for Nutrition
151.232 Nutrition and Metabolism
194.241 Physiological Control Systems
122.233 Metabolic Chemistry

300-level courses in the major

Take all four:
151.331 Maternal and Child Nutrition
151.333 Adult Nutrition and Positive Ageing
151.332 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
151.334 Nutrition Communication and Promotion

To check course offerings, prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, search the course code in the Course Search.

When choosing electives, ensure you meet the BSc regulations by having at least 240 credits from the BSc schedule of courses, at least 75 credits at 300 level, and no more than 165 credits at 100 level.

For Pre-2020 BSc Programme Transition Regulations refer to Schedule C in the BSc Regulations.

The BSc Regulations page can be accessed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page.


Massey is developing a new 'Nutrition Science' major for the BSc, that will be available only on the Manawatū campus. Its 100-level courses will be the same as those for the Human Nutrition major. Its 200-level courses will be available from 2021 onwards, subject to CUAP approval.

Not sure of your major yet?


You can change to any BSc major at the end of your first year. Moving from the first year of human nutrition to one of the majors below is particularly simple, as the required first year courses are similar. By choosing your courses and electives carefully to cover both majors you could easily swap over at the end of first year.

  • Chemistry (include 160.101 or 160.102 or 160.105, and 123.105 in your first year)
  • Exercise and Sport Science (include 234.121 in your first year)
  • Integrative Biology (include 199.103 in your first year)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Physiology
  • Psychology (include 175.102 in your first year)

Note: Changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.


A 'minor' is a group of at least four courses from a defined major's course schedule, including at least one course at high level. Some BSc minors that are particularly compatible with human nutrition include those shown below. Timetabling will prioritise these combinations to minimise clashes.

  • Exercise and Sport Science (Courses: 234.121)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Physiology (Course: 194.101)

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