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All students must have a university entrance qualification.
Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge to take this qualification. However, if you have not studied these subjects we have a pathway for you to progress to the qualification (see below).
Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subject (or equivalent) will help you study in this qualification but is not essential.
If it’s some time since you have studied Mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.
The following pathways will get you prepared to study this qualification:
If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Biology (or equivalent) take the following course first:
If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent) take the following course first:
These courses are available in summer school and can be taken as a Certificate in Science and Technology or Certificate of Proficiency. One 100-level course can be counted as an elective towards the Bachelor of Animal Science.
If you won’t have reached University Entrance before summer school begins, you may be able to apply through Discretionary Entrance.
For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.
Full-time students usually take 120 credits each year, 60 credits per semester. Students will normally begin their study with 100-level, (ie xxx.1xx) and progress to 200-level courses in Year 2 and 300-level courses in Year 3.
Please note that starting the majors Animal Genetics & Breeding and Animal Nutrition & Growth with no relevant tertiary study prior to semester two will extend the time to completion from 3 years to 3.5 years.
For each of the courses you choose you will also need to check any prerequisites, corequisites or restrictions that apply. BAnSci students may apply to be granted an exemption from some 100-level courses on the basis of Bursary or NCEA results or credit from other previous study.
To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the regulations button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.
If you would like to find out more about the individual course requirements, please use our Course Search for each course, check for pre-requisites, corequisites and restrictions that may affect you.
For first year students, lecture and laboratory streaming information will be available on "Stream" through your student homepage and a link will be e-mailed to you prior to lectures commencing for first semester. Laboratory sessions commence in week one of the semester. For 200-level and 300-level students, laboratory streaming information will be available at the first class session for the Semester.
To complete the Bachelor of Animal Science students will need to complete a programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 360 credits comprising:
(a) Not more than 150 credits at 100-level
(b) At least 90 credits at 300-level
(c) The core courses listed in Schedule A for the Qualification
(d) Completion of a major
(e) Attending contact workshops, block courses, fieldtrips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
Students must complete a major by passing 120 credits in the major.
Approved majors are Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Nutrition and Growth, Animal Welfare and Equine Science.
These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates
The courses listed below are the required first year courses for all majors in the Bachelor of Animal Science:
117.107 Animal Behaviour and Welfare
117.155 Introduction to Animal Science
123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
124.103 Biophysical Principles
162.101 Cell Biology
199.103 Animals and the Environment
247.111 Science and Sustainability for Agriculture and Horticulture
Minors are not available in the Bachelor of Animal Science.
We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
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