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.

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 research project.  

You can also study the Sport Science pathway within the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education (BSportHPE).

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

Structuring your undergraduate programme in Exercise Sciences

If you began your degree prior to 2019 we recommend you seek advice to make sure you are taking the correct courses. Contact the Science Student Centre at scifac@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

  • Cardiac physiologist
  • Clinical exercise 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.

Help and advice

For further information and advice about the Bachelor of Science, please contact the Science Student Centre. For information and advice about the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education, please contact the Education and Social Work Student Centre.

Science Student Centre

Room G20, Level G
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.es.auckland.ac.nz

Education and Social Work Student Centre

A Block
74 Epsom Avenue
Epsom
Auckland 1023

Phone: 0800 61 62 63
Email: education@auckland.ac.nz
Web: Education and Social Work Student Centre website