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BFNSc

Honours Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

VISION

Nutrition and food innovation are key to achieving global health and wellness. Our programs aspire to create and mobilize leading-edge food and nutrition knowledge for enabling healthy lifestyles.

MISSION

To educate tomorrow’s professional leaders in food and nutrition sciences within a bilingual environment.


The foods we eat are essential to maintaining the health of individuals and populations.

Students in the Honours Bachelor of Food and Nutritional Sciences will have an in-depth knowledge of the sciences underlying the production, consumption and metabolism of food, as well as their effects on health, disease prevention and management.

In the second year of the program, students specialize in one of the two options of their choice:

  1. The Food Sciences Option: for future food scientists.
    This option focuses on the acquisition of knowledge in microbiology, physico-chemical and sensory properties of food, preparing graduates for careers in the agri-food sector such as agri-food industries, businesses, food science research centres and government departments. As the only food science training offered in the context of a faculty of health sciences in Canada, this option places greater emphasis on the health impact of food. 
  2. The Nutrition Sciences Option: for future dietitians.
    This option focuses on the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills related to the practice of dietitians. This program option, unique in Ontario, offered in French to bilingual students, integrates theoretical and practical training in the form of courses and internships. 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 graduation, students are eligible to write the examination for admission to the profession of dietitian in Canada.

Both options offer multiple opportunities to actively participate in experiential learning projects. Several optional courses on currently relevant subjects, as well as internship opportunities in public institutions, community, clinical or industrial settings, are integrated into the curriculum.

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

Major project options for the fourth year

  • Internship in an industrial environment
  • Food product development
  • Food Research
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
  • Food product developer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Food Science Researcher
  • Food Inspector
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Food Safety Technologist
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 BFNSc 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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