Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. Students beginning their study of Animal Science should have a sound background in Chemistry and Biology at NCEA Level 3, and if possible Mathematics.

However, if you do not have a background of Chemistry at the Year 13 level then you can take 123.103 Introductory Chemistry via distance through Massey University during the summer school before your first year of full-time study. This course will introduce you to basic chemistry vocabulary and provide training in the important chemistry principles. You do need to already have a university entrance qualification or to expect to obtain one by sitting NCEA Level 3 at the end of this year. Similarly, if you have not done NCEA Level 3 Biology you can take 162.103 Introductory Biology during the summer semester.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) structure

The Animal Science major is designed to produce graduates with a broad knowledge of the physiological and biochemical principles underlying animal function and behaviour. The core disciplines of nutrition, metabolism, reproduction, lactation, growth and genetics are integrated across species and related to a variety of animal industries and systems. Studies in Animal Science can readily be combined with allied subjects such as Agricultural Science, Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiology, or Zoology.


To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please click the regulations button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

It is strongly recommended that students include 283.201 Pasture and Crop Agronomy in their second year of study.

For each course, check for prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, by searching the course code in the Course Search.

Completing the minimum 360 credits needed for the Bachelor of Science (AniSci) degree usually takes a full-time student three years. If you are not sure what you want to major and minor in then keep your options open by choosing a first-year course offering several options. Make sure you include the first year (xxx.1xx level) courses for the majors and minors you may wish to study. For each course, check for prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, by searching the course code in the Course Search.

Possible First Year

Internal students, Manawatu Campus

247.155 Communication in the Sciences
123.101 Chemistry and Living Systems
162.101 Biology of Cells
122.102 Biochemistry of Cells
194.101 Essentials of Mammalian Biology
161.130 Introductory Biostatistics


In addition to these six courses, choose two elective courses. It is easy to select additional 100-level (first year) courses that will allow you to add another major or minor in your degree or pursue an alternative major in your second year. Check that any additional majors and minors that you would like to add are available at your campus or can be completed with distance study.

  • If you have started with a Veterinary Science Intermediate in Semester One you can continue into the Animal Science major in Semester Two, You will have 199.101 Biology of Animals and 124.111 Physics for Life Sciences which are suitable electives.
  • Animal Science students are recommended to include 117.152 Animals and Agriculture.
  • If you are interested in Zoology, ensure you are enrolled in 199.101 Biology of Animals
  • If you are interested in Agricultural Science, ensure you are enrolled in 189.151 Soil Properties and Processes and 283.101 Plants in Agriculture.
  • If you are interested in Human Nutrition, ensure you are enrolled in 214.131 Introduction to Food and Nutrition
  • If you are interested in Equine minor, ensure you are enrolled in 286.101 Equine Production

Note, with this selection of courses, you will have also met the Year 1 requirements for the Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Physiology majors.

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