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Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Nutrition and Growth)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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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:

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 Summer School and can be taken as a Certificate in Science and Technology or Certificate of Proficiency. One 100-level course can be counted as an elective towards the Bachelor of Animal Science.

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

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Animal Science (Animal Nutrition and Growth) structure

Students must complete a minimum of 360 credits including 195 credits from the core courses in Schedule A and 120 credits of specialisation courses from Schedule B. No more than 150 credits at 100-level and a minimum of 90 credits at 300-level.

Please note that starting this major with no relevant tertiary study prior to semester two will extend the time to completion from 3 years to 3.5 years.


Year One

117.107 Animal Behaviour and Welfare
117.155 Introduction to Animal Science
122.102 Biochemistry
123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
124.103 Biophysical Principles
162.101 Cell Biology
199.103 Animals and the Environment
247.111 Science and Sustainability for Agriculture and Horticulture

Year Two

117.201 Livestock Production Science
117.202 Animal Science
117.224 Animal Feed Science and Technology
117.225 Animal Production through to Carcass Classification
117.226 Performance Animal Nutrition
122.202 The Dynamic Cell
161.140 Agri-Statisitics
1 programme elective

Year Three

117.302 Monogastric Animal Nutrition
117.303 Ruminant Animal Nutrition
117.344 Animal Growth and Meat Production
117.348 Animal Metabolism
117.371 Animal Production

One course from
117.381 Solving Problems in Animal Production
235.312 Case Studies in Māori Agribusiness

2 programme electives

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