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Undergraduate Study in Human Nutrition

As individuals we are involved in human nutrition everyday just in the fact we eat to keep alive. During your undergraduate study you will learn about how the nutrients in food influence your health via a combination of lectures, hands on laboratory classes and small group case study type tutorials. The skills and knowledge you obtain during your degree can lead into a variety of career pathways. 

Human Nutrition offers a variety of papers to undergraduate students who are not enrolled in Nutrition these include HUNT141 Understanding Human Nutrition, HUNT232 Sport and Exercise Nutrition, HUNT221 Fundamentals of Nutritients and Health, HUNT222 Nutritional Assessment and HUNT223 International Nutrition and Health.

Students intending to study any of the degrees in Human Nutrition are strongly recommended to take:
Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics with Statistics, and English, and
Year 13 (NCEA Level 3) Mathematics with Statistics and particularly Chemistry.
For the BAppSc (Sport & Exercise Nutrition), Physical Education is recommended in Year 12 and Year 13 (NCEA Levels 2 & 3).
For the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you should also study Physics in Year 13 (NCEA Level 3).

Undergraduate Degrees you can enrol in include:

An undergraduate degree consists of 360 point of which 180 points must be above 100-level and of that 72 points must be above 200-level.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Human Nutrition

A BSc majoring in Human Nutrition would typically include the following papers:

100-level papers pts
*CELS 191 Cellular Biology 18
*CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Chemical Health 18
*BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry 18
*HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1 18
*HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2 18
+HUNT 141 Understanding Human Nutrition 18 108
200-level papers
*HUNT 221 The Fundamentals of Nutrients and Health 18
*HUNT 222 Nutritional Assessment 18
*HUNT 223 International Nutrition and Health 18
+PHSL 251 Physiology 21 75
300-level papers
*HUNT 311 Metabolism, Health and Disease 18
*HUNT 312 Nutrition in Cancer and Heart Disease 18
*HUNT 313 Life Cycle Nutrition 18
*HUNT 314 Nutrition and Health Communication 18 72
Total 255

*Major subject requirement. +Highly recommended.

The remaining points (105) can be made up of optional papers (HUNT 232 Sport and Exercise Nutrition and HUNT 355 Perspectives in Sports Nutrition are optional papers you may wish to consider). However, students intending to apply for admission into the Master of Dietetics programme must include all of the papers listed above as well as:

HUNT 244 Foodservice Environments 18
HUNT 331 Foodservice Management 36
Total 54

To progress to postgraduate study in Human Nutrition, for example, a Postgraduate Diploma in Science, BSc(Hons) or a two-year Master of Science degree it is important students also included in their undergraduate degree the highly recommended papers listed above.

 Read the complete list of Human Nutrition Papers available.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

This undergraduate degree  looks at how sport, exercise and food influence health and human performance.
Students must include a minor in their BAppSc degree - for those wishing to go onto the Master f Dietetics they should complete the Supplementary Nutritional Science (SUNS) as well as PHSL251 and HUNT331.
A BAppSc majoring in sport and exercise nutrition would typically include the following papers:

100-level paperspts
*CELS 191 Cellular Biology18
*CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Chemical Health18
*BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry18
*HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 118
*HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 218
HUNT 141 Understanding Human Nutrition or STAT115 or STAT11018108
200-level papers
*HUNT 221 Fundamentals of Nutrients and Health18
*HUNT 222 Nutritional Assessment or *HUNT223 International Nutrition and Health18
*HUNT 232 Sport and Exercise Nutrition18
*SPEX 201 Biomechanics or SPEX 202 Motor Behaviour18
*SPEX 203 Exercise Physiology1890
300-level papers
*Two of HUNT 311 - HUNT 31336
HUNT 355 Perspectives in Sports Nutrition18

SPEX 305 Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation

One of SPEX 303 Exercise Energetics and Physiology or SPEX 310 Exercise for Clinical Populations1890
Total 288

*Major subject requirement. +Highly recommended.

The BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition) degree requires a total of 360 points. The remaining 90 points are made up of the papers for the minor and other approved papers. We recommend that students take the minor in Supplementary Nutritional Science (SUNS). However, there are other minors that you may choose to take. Refer to the Guide to Enrolment for the list of minors offered.

Supplementary Nutritional Science

100-Level STAT115 or STAT110
200-Level HUNT244
               HUNT 222 or HUNT223
300-Level HUNT 314,
               one of HUNT 311, 312, 313

Total 90 points


*From 2019 HUNT 244 will replace HUNT 231

Pre-requisites for HUNT 221, 222, 223 include BIOC 192, CELS 191, CHEM 191, HUBS 191, 192. Prerequisites for HUNT 232 include one of CELS 191, HUBS 191, 192.

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How will I study as an undergraduate of Human Nutrition?

Your study will consist of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • self-directed learning
  • practical laboratories
  • group work
  • journal discourse

One of the great things about studying human nutrition is that you learn about your own food choices and how you eat.
In both the second and third year you will be a human guinea pig participating in dietary interventions to find out how your body responds to different foods and meals. You will also learn about how nutrients affect human health and how deficiency or excess might lead to disease. If you take the food service papers, you will design a meal plan then oversee the cooking and serving of this plan to over 100 residential college students.
Assessment is a combination of tests, assignments, reports, scientific articles and presentations done individually and in groups. The team at the department are renowned for being helpful and friendly. They ensure you get plenty of feedback during your study and seek feedback from you also.