Exercise Science and Nutrition Major - Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

The Exercise Science and Nutrition major covers the skills to help people make healthier choices. You study approaches to lifestyle management and healthy living to prevent lifestyle-related diseases.

Exercise science and nutrition are becoming more and more important as the developed world struggles with the effects of our modern lifestyle. There’s an increasing focus on lifestyle choices, physical activity, exercise, nutrition and other factors that affect health in the community.

The Exercise Science and Nutrition major is supported by the AUT Human Potential Centre, a research centre for physical activity and nutrition based at AUT Millennium. There are great postgraduate and research opportunities after completing this major.

AUT Human Potential Centre


This is part of the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

Semester 2 papers

Year 2

This year also includes two work placements of 30-40 hours, designed to introduce you to the workplace and help you identify where you want to complete your third-year workplace experience.

Year 3

Papers you study this year

Plus two optional/elective papers.

Workplace experience

In your third year you complete 350 to 400 hours in an organisation, which includes working on a project related to your major through the Cooperative Education papers. This takes approximately two days per week.

Recent placements included:

  • Heart Foundation
  • New Zealand Nutrition Foundation
  • District Health Boards
  • Health trusts
  • Regional sports trusts (Active Families and Green Prescription Programmes)
  • Schools
  • Active Communities, Active Families, Active Schools or Green Prescription co-ordinator
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Community health development co-ordinator
  • Corporate health and wellness advisor
  • Health promotion officer
  • Physical activity co-ordinator

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Exercise Science and Nutrition Careers

Key features
  • Make a difference in the global health crisis
  • Workplace experience in district health boards, schools and health organisations
  • Closely linked to the AUT Human Potential Centre
  • Major research and postgraduate opportunities
See yourself as
  • Promoting healthy eating and regular physical activity
  • Able to inspire confidence in others
  • Interested in the physiology of the body and helping individuals and communities

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