Nutritional Sciences

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Build a strong foundation in basic and applied human nutrition as you delve into a broad range of topics, from community nutrition to how our bodies actually metabolize and use nutrients. You’ll explore rich opportunities to integrate your nutrition with your interests in other areas within the fields of health and science, such as population and public health nutrition, and international nutrition.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

In Nutritional Sciences, you’ll delve into the human and animal digestive systems, the function of nutrients in health and disease, nutritional requirements and recommendations, and the effects of production and distribution systems on food availability.

The program will equip you to continue you education at Masters and Ph.D. levels, to pursue a career in nutrition or health research, and in research- and development-related industries, or to further your studies in the health professions, including veterinary sciences.

Experiential learning and research

You’ll enhance your classroom learning with real-world experience through direct studies and co-op placements. You’ll also participate in group projects and research opportunities focused on relevant and current topics in the nutritional sciences, strengthening your capacities for scientific writing and oral presentation, among other skills.

Your future

Many graduates of the Nutritional Sciences program go on to careers in the fields of population and public health nutrition, health promotion, and the health sciences. Opportunities include positions in naturopathy, fitness, food service, publishing, pharmaceuticals, medicine, nursing, rehabilitation sciences, and veterinary medicine.

Program graduates

  • Nutrition educator
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Entrepreneur

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Food, Nutrition, and Health

  • IB Mathematics, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
  • Grade 11/junior-level Physics (may be waived with grades of 5 in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)

* If your intended start year is 2021: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL, IB Math Analysis and Approaches HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL will not satisfy the requirement.

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
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