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 nutrition with your interests in other areas within the fields of health and science, such as population and public health, and international nutrition.

Why this program?

  • Study in the only science-based nutrition program in B.C.
  • Integrate nutrition with with your interests in other areas of study.
  • Gain a strong foundation in basic and applied human nutrition, including the metabolism of nutrients and community 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 your education at the master’s and doctoral levels, or to pursue a career in nutrition or health research, or in research and development-related industries. Graduates can also further their studies in the health professions and veterinary sciences.

Experiential learning and research

You can enhance your classroom learning with real-world experience through directed studies and co-op placements. You’ll also participate in community-engaged learning focused on relevant and current topics in the nutritional sciences, which will strengthen your capacities for scientific writing and oral presentations, 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

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

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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