Undergraduate study in Exercise Sciences

Undergraduate Exercise Sciences students in the teaching lab

What can you study in Exercise Sciences?

You can study Exercise Sciences as a major in the Bachelor of Science (BSc).

You’ll study the physiological, psychological, biomechanical and neural influences on human performance in exercise, sport and the workplace, in both health and disease. This practical and diverse major will offer you the skills you need to work with people in movement science, health, wellness, rehabilitation and sport science.

You will develop an understanding of how the body moves, how it responds to physical activity (and inactivity), how fitness levels can be tested and adapted, and the connections between physical activity and health.

Laboratory work plays an important role in the Exercise Sciences major and is based around the analysis and evaluation of data collected from humans engaged in physical activity.

As part of your major you will complete the Exercise Sciences capstone course, EXERSCI 399 Applying Exercise Science, where you will apply your theoretical knowledge to practical skills in a supervised.  

This pathway will advance your knowledge of the human anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and sport pyschology. 

Find the right pathway for you

There are two pathway options available in the Exercise Sciences BSc. Pathways are chosen in your second year of study. Watch this video to hear how these pathways are different and to find the right pathway for you. 

If you began your degree prior to 2019 we recommend you seek advice to make sure you are taking the correct courses.

Contact: studentinfo@auckland.ac.nz

Where can undergraduate study in Exercise Sciences take you?

Exercise Sciences is an important discipline that relates to all aspects of our everyday life. Our courses cover human physiology, exercise and sports psychology, biomechanics, and movement neuroscience.

Studying Exercise Sciences will facilitate skills for lifelong learning, critical and analytical thinking, communication, independence, collaboration and intellectual curiosity. In laboratory classes you will develop hands-on skills in interacting with human participants and the processes of experimentation.

The programme is committed to developing students' knowledge and skills in the exercise sciences, health, wellness, physical fitness, rehabilitation, sport science and clinical exercise physiology.

Jobs related to Exercise Sciences

  • Physiotherapist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Cardiac physiologist
  • Corporate exercise specialist
  • Exercise scientist
  • Human movement scientist
  • Injury prevention consultant
  • Respiratory physiologist
  • Sport and fitness practitioner
  • Sport scientist (consultant in biomechanics, exercise, nutrition, physiology)
  • Community sport facilitator
  • Group fitness leader

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

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