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Honours Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

VISION

The Baccalaureate in Health Sciences is designed to provide cutting-edge training that prepares students for the important professional role they will play in maintaining the health and well-being of individuals over a whole lifetime. On the strength of their outstanding theoretical and clinical knowledge, these students are also destined to become leaders and decision-makers in their field.

Thanks to its innovative approach, its interdisciplinary setting and the research prowess of its professors, the nutrition sciences program aims to train professionals who will not only make a powerful contribution to the body of knowledge in nutrition sciences, but also stress the critical impact nutrition has on the health of individuals and entire populations.

MISSION

Our mission is to provide French-language training to bilingual students to enable them to meet the requirements of the Canadian professional dietitian accreditation exam. To achieve this, we seek to provide students with relevant practical training in stimulating settings and to ensure that they have access to cutting-edge knowledge in the field of nutrition sciences.

We also wish to improve the practice of the profession through the scholarly work conducted by our faculty. We strive to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations, so as to broaden the health care knowledge base. Finally, we are committed to actively promoting health and nutrition sciences, through learning, research and professional practice partnerships, both in Canada and abroad.


Food and nutrition are important elements of life and essential for maintaining the health of individuals and populations. Food and nutrition science is one of the 10 fastest growing areas of health, with an impressive growth rate of 21% projected by 2022 in North America.

The Honours Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences is offered in French and provides practical training to bilingual students in French and English environments. Upon graduation, you will have a solid understanding of the science that underlies the way that food is prepared, preserved, chosen and metabolized, as well as nutritional value of food and its effect on the prevention and management of diseases. 

We have recently rejuvenated our curricula so that our graduates are better prepared to take on influential roles, and to align our programs with career-related opportunities. In the second year of the program, students specialize in one of the two options of their choice:

  1. The Food Sciences Option focuses on the chemistry, microbiology, and physical properties of food, preparing graduates for careers in the agri-food sector like: small, medium and large agri-food industries, entrepreneurship, food science research and governmental departments dealing with agriculture, agri-food and health as well as other avenues. As this is the only food science education program offered within a faculty of health sciences in Canada, this option places greater emphasis on the health impact of food.
  2. The Nutrition Sciences Option focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills required to become a dietitian. This dietetic education program is an accredited program recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body. Upon receiving their degree, graduates are eligible to write the examination for admission to the profession of dietitian in Canada.

The two new options offered will include many opportunities to participate in experiential learning opportunities. The school also offers several optional courses, including Nutrition, Behaviour and Mental Health and Diet, Microbiota and Intestinal Health. Our Internship opportunities are directly related to community and clinical settings and the agri-food industry.

BFNS - Option Food Sciences

NEW OPTION: Food Sciences

Related Profession: Food Scientist

Starting this year, the Honours Bachelor of Food and Nutritional Sciences offers a food science option that allows graduates to become food scientists. 
Offered in a stimulating learning environment, this unique program addresses the evolving food and nutrition challenges facing individuals, the food industry and society. It is taught by dynamic professors actively engaged in food and nutrition research.

4th YEAR PROJECT OPTIONS

Options de projet majeur de la quatrième année

  • Stage en milieu industriel
  • Développement de produits alimentaires
  • Recherche sur les aliments
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
  • Développeur en produits alimentaires
  • Entrepreneur
  • Chercheur en sciences des aliments 
  • Inspecteur des produits alimentaires
  • Spécialiste en assurance qualité
  • Technologue en sécurité alimentaire
Important! ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Before submitting an application, you must meet or intend to meet all of the admission requirements, namely, have a secondary school diploma (or the equivalent if you’ve studied outside Canada), attain the minimum average, meet the language requirements and take all the prerequisite courses for the program. To find out more about admission requirements, visit the Admission requirement page for undergraduate studies and follow the admission steps according to your situation.

COURSE EXAMPLES
  • Techniques de laboratoire en sciences des aliments
  • Digestion, absorption et métabolisme
  • Biochimie nutritionnelle
  • Glucides des aliments
  • Micronutriments et composés phytochimiques
  • Lipides des aliments
  • Protéines des aliments
  • Microbiologie alimentaire
  • Analyse des aliments
  • Transformation des aliments
  • Recherche en sciences des aliments et de la nutrition
  • Aliments santé et nutraceutiques
  • Les nouveaux défis de l’industrie alimentaire
  • Biophysique des aliments

All BScFN courses 

GRADUATE STUDIES
  • Chimie alimentaire
  • Sciences de la santé
  • Microbiologie alimentaire
  • Nutrition 
  • Santé des populations
  • Gestion de la santé

 

Important! LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The courses for the Baccalauréat spécialisé en sciences de la nutrition are taught in French; however, some of the course material may be in English and the work placements require advanced proficiency in French and English.  Therefore, applicants to this program are required to demonstrate their level of proficiency in both languages.


Nutrition Sciences Option

Associated Profession: Dietitian

The Honours Bachelor of Food and Nutritional Sciences offers an option in Nutritional Sciences. This dietetic education program is an accredited program, recognized by the Partnership for Nutrition Education and Practice (PFPN), that prepares students for admission to a provincial dietetic regulatory body.

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PRACTICUM PLACEMENTS
  • NUT 2511/3511 - Stage en gestion des services alimentaires
  • NUT 4531 - Stage en nutrition publique et en santé des populations
  • NUT 4535 - Stage en milieux variés
  • NUT 4633 - Stage en nutrition clinique

PRACTICUM PLACEMENT LOCATIONS

  • Hospitals
  • Community health centres
  • Health Canada
  • Long-term care centres
  • Private clinics
  • Public health agencies
  • Sports centres
  • Agri-food companies and food services
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
  • Dietitian
  • Nutrition researcher
  • Dietitian in community organisations
  • Public health dietitian
  • Governmental health promotion specialist
  • Communication specialist
  • Food service manager
Important! ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Before submitting an application, you must meet or intend to meet all of the admission requirements, namely, have a secondary school diploma (or the equivalent if you’ve studied outside Canada), attain the minimum average, meet the language requirements and take all the prerequisite courses for the program. To find out more about admission requirements, visit the Admission requirement page for undergraduate studies and follow the admission steps according to your situation.

COURSE EXAMPLES
  • NUT 1504 - Sciences des aliments
  • NUT 1704 - Introduction à la nutrition
  • NUT 2504 - Alimentation des collectivités
  • NUT 2523 - Nutrition publique et santé des population
  • NUT 2524 - Gestion des services alimentaires
  • NUT 2721 - Nutrition et métabolisme
  • NUT 2733 - Biochimie nutritionnelle
  • NUT 3502 - Nutrition clinique
  • NUT 3503 - Nutrition publique et santé des populations
  • NUT 3702 - Évaluation nutritionnelle
  • NUT 3703 - Nutrition à travers le cycle de la vie
  • NUT 4501 - Recherche en nutrition
  • NUT 4507 - Aliments, santé et nutraceutiques
  • NUT 3705 - Introduction à la génomique nutritionnelle
  • NUT 3721 - Counseling en nutrition sportive
  • NUT 3725 - Sécurité alimentaire et nutrition d'urgence

All BScFN courses 

GRADUATE STUDIES
  • Nutrition
  • Health Sciences
  • Food Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Education
  • Business
  • Population health
  • Health management
  • Law
Important! LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The courses for the Baccalauréat spécialisé en sciences de la nutrition are taught in French; however, some of the course material may be in English and the work placements require advanced proficiency in French and English.  Therefore, applicants to this program are required to demonstrate their level of proficiency in both languages.

CHOOSE BFSN AT UOTTAWA

  • Food and nutrition science is one of the 10 fastest growing areas of health, with an impressive growth rate of 21% projected by 2022 in North America.
  • The Faculty of Health Sciences offers mentoring and academic success support services.
  • The School of Nutritional Sciences offers lunchtime presentations related to nutrition and food science.
  • The Association of Nutrition Students (ADÉNUT) is very dynamic and stimulates interaction between students of all years.
  • The opportunity to learn about research fields through scholarships.
  • The Faculty is located close to industry leaders, major government agencies and an extensive hospital network.
  • We are the largest bilingual university in the world, at the crossroads of languages and cultures.
  • The University of Ottawa ranks in the top 1% of the world's top universities and in the top 10 Canadian universities, with state-of-the-art learning and research facilities adapted to each discipline.
  • The main campus is strategically located in the heart of downtown Ottawa and close to #ByWardMarket

ADMISSION

The application process for this program starts in the fall of the year before you intend to begin your studies. We encourage you to submit your application in advance of the posted deadlines. There are also many Scholarships and bursaries available that you may need to start looking into as some have early deadlines.

Please check the Deadlines page for programs in English and Dates limites page for the programs in French. Be sure to follow the admission steps according to your situation.

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