Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science (BFoodNutrSci)

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This program provides students with skills and knowledge in food science and human nutrition. Students will learn how to design, formulate, produce and package everyday and specialty foods with specific functional and nutritional properties. They will learn the importance of developing a sustainable, nutritious and healthy food supply and complete a placement in food industry or a nutrition/health related organization. Career opportunities range from food industry, quality auditing, new product development to public health nutrition. This program could be used as a pathway into dietetics. 

The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science is an AQF Level 7 program with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of food and nutrition science by: 1.1 articulating the methods of science and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry 1.2 explaining the role and relevance of science and technology in food production as it applies to building a sustainable nutritious and healthy food supply for society 1.3 understanding how information is adopted in the context of industry and the links between food, nutrition and health.
2. Exhibit depth and breadth of food and nutrition scientific knowledge and technical skills by: 2.1 demonstrating well-developed knowledge across disciplines of nutrition and food science 2.2 demonstrating knowledge in at least one other disciplinary area 2.3 demonstrating proficiency in technical skills relevant to the discipline areas of food and nutrition science 2.4 eligibility for membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).
3. Critically analyse and solve scientific problems by: 3.1 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources 3.2 designing and planning an investigation 3.3 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation 3.4 collecting, accurately recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from scientific data 3.5 demonstrating the cooperativity and effectiveness of working in a team environment.
4. Be effective communicators of science by communicating scientific results, information, or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes within a food and nutrition context.
5. Be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by: 5.1 being independent and self-directed learners 5.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context 5.3 demonstrating professional responsibility, cultural awareness, knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their disciplinary area and personally practicing ethical conduct.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science

There shall be a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 57 units.
  2. Elective courses to the value of 15 units.
  3. Level I courses not exceeding 30 units.
  4. Level III Science courses to the value of at least 24 units.
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 57 units.

Level I

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells 3
BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives 3
FOOD SC 1000RG 'Farm-Gate to Fork' - Food Production I 3
FOOD SC 1001WT Nutrition I 3
FOOD SC 1002RG The Science and Technology of Food Production I 3
STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I 3


Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA 3
CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB 3


Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA 3
CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB 3

Level II

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
BIOCHEM 2501 Biochemistry II: Metabolism 3
FOOD SC 2502WT Food Microbiology II 3
FOOD SC 2505WT Food Quality & Regulation II 3
FOOD SC 2510WT Nutrition II 3
PLANT SC 2520WT Microbiology and Biotechnology II 3

Level III

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
FOOD SC 3028WT Sensory Evaluation of Foods III 3
FOOD SC 3505WT Public Health Nutrition III 3
FOOD SC 3021WT Food Product Development III 3
FOOD SC 3520WT Nutrition and Food Science Internship 3
FOOD SC 3540WT Food Chemistry III 3
FOOD SC 3580WT Food Processing, Preservation & Packaging Techniques III 3