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Honours Bachelor of Integrated Food Sciences

Blending the science of nutrition with the art of cooking to help people optimize their health.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW


Honours Bachelor of Integrated Food Sciences: First of its kind in Canada, collaboration between University of Ottawa and Le Cordon Bleu International

The Honours Bachelor of Integrated Food Sciences, the first of its kind in Canada, is an innovative multidisciplinary program delivered jointly by the University of Ottawa and Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa. The program will prepare future graduates to take on leadership roles in any industry where food innovation plays a key role, including healthcare, education, hospitality, business, or research and development. Graduates of this program will have a broad, comprehensive understanding of food and nutrition-related practices and will be equipped to provide strategic leadership and operational guidance in commercial settings.

Expertise that makes you stand out

The Honours Bachelor of Integrated Food Sciences diploma recognizes both University of Ottawa and Le Cordon Bleu studies. During this 3-year Bachelor program, unique in Canada, students will develop critical thinking abilities around issues related to food and nutrition sciences, food safety, customer/client relationships, culinary management and food business management. The School of Nutrition Sciences and Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa worked together to create an innovative curriculum including culinary art courses to be taught by world-renowned chef lecturers. Culinary techniques, menu planning, food service administration and management, and gastronomy will complement the science and management education that form part of the degree program.

For over 120 years, Le Cordon Bleu has been teaching classic French culinary technique to students of all nationalities around the globe. Culinary training for BIFS students will take place in professionally equipped teaching kitchens where world-class chef instructors will provide hands on practical guidance. The Le Cordon Bleu professional knife kit and uniform are included in tuition fees.

Great experience through practicum placement

The program concludes with a practicum placement in Integrated Food Sciences in the final semester, which will give students an opportunity to explore and develop experience in a professional environment. Students will apply theory learned in courses, work with industry professionals outside the University, engage with Le Cordon Bleu Alumni and develop a professional international network to help launch their career.

Two world renowned schools, one comprehensive program

With the changing role of food in today’s society, there is a range of opportunities outside the customary role of chef, nutritionist or restaurant owner. Food specialists educated in food science, nutrition, culinary techniques, management, innovation and client services are in greater demand in industries from commercial food services to manufacturing. Le Cordon Bleu and University of Ottawa have designed this program so graduates will be well positioned to manage and lead in any industry where food plays a role.

THE PROGRAM WILL BE DELIVERED IN TWO LOCATIONS


 

PRACTICUM PLACEMENTS
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Long-term care centres
  • Hospitals
  • Agri-food companies and food services
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Program graduates will be particularly well suited to play a leading role in ensuring not only food safety, quality and nutritional value but also palatable, culturally-diverse and adaptable food preparation and delivery in institutional settings such as day cares, educational establishments, retirement and nursing homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities. 

Hotels and restaurants, catering services and the food industry need people who can fulfill their customers’ demand for food that is not only more nutritious, but also meets specific nutritional requirements, along with high texture and flavour expectations.

  • Food innovation/design consultant
  • Change management 
  • Food and nutrition research and development 
  • Nutrition consultant
  • Molecular gastronomist
  • Food and nutrition manager/supervisor
Important! ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The Honours Bachelor of Integrated Food Sciences is a competitive program with only 14 students.

Prerequisites for admission:

  • High school diploma or equivalent (including completion of English, Chemistry, Biology and Math prerequisite courses)
  • Proof of English proficiency for International Students who have not completed at least three years full time in an institution where English is the only language of instruction - aside from language courses (Language test scores are noted on the University of Ottawa admissions website).
  • Letter of intention

Please visit uottawa.ca/admissions or email nutrition@uOttawa.ca for more information.

COURSE EXAMPLES
  • Food Sciences I, II
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Food Studies from a Humanities Perspective
  • Determinants of Health
  • Culinary Techniques I, II, III
  • Communication, Education and Technology
  • Food Psychology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Foundations of Menu Planning and Design
  • Digestion, Absorption and Metabolism
  • Fundamentals of Food Metabolism
  • Advanced Menu Planning
  • Sociology of Food and Eating
  • Quantitative Methods in Health Sciences: Continuous Variables
  • Integration Experience
  • Culinary Techniques: Alternative Diets
  • Nutritional Needs Through the Life Stages
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Service Theories
  • Functional Foods
  • Foundations of Food Biophysics
  • Food Tasting: the Epicurean Experience
  • Food Marketing
  • Advanced Gastronomy Trends
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Advanced Food Safety and Regulatory Issues
  • Nutrition, Behaviour and Mental Health
  • Food Service Administration and Management
  • Topics in Cooking and Gastronomy-Seminar
  • Foods: Myths and Evidence
  • Practicum Placement in Integrated Food Sciences
GRADUATE STUDIES
  • Health sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Food sciences
  • Population health
  • Health management
  • Education
  • Business

CHOOSE INTEGRATED FOOD SCIENCES

  • The Faculty of Health Sciences offers exceptional practicum and career placement opportunities, and is located close to government, industry leaders and a vast hospital network.
  • Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute is the only campus in Canada and U.S.A. for Le Cordon Bleu International in Paris.
  • The University of Ottawa ranks among the top 1% universities in the world and is among the best 10 universities in Canada.
  • University of Ottawa main campus is right in downtown Ottawa, near the Byward Market and 15 min walk from Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa.
  • Ottawa ranks 1st among Canadian cities for quality of life.

Become a world leader in food sciences and culinary management!

Food and nutrition sciences

STUDY THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND HOW IT SUSTAINS HEALTH

  • Food Sciences I, II
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Introduction to Nutrition 
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Digestion, Absorption and Metabolism 
  • Fundamentals of Food Metabolism
  • Nutritional Needs through the Life Stages 
  • Quantitative Methods in Health Sciences: Continuous Variables
  • Food Microbiology
  • Functional Foods
  • Foundations of Food Biophysics
  • Introduction to food-drug interactions
  • Advanced Food Safety and Regulatory Issues
  • Foods: Myths and Evidence
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Food sociology and behaviour

DISCOVER THE IMPACT OF FOOD ON ATTITUDES AND CULTURE

  • Food Studies: A Humanities Perspective
  • Determinants of Health
  • Food Psychology
  • Communication, Education and Technology
  • Integration Experience 
  • Sociology of Food and Eating
  • Nutrition, Behaviour and Mental Health
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Food Marketing
  • Food Service Administration and Management
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Culinary expertise

DEVELOP A CULINARY APPROACH AND SKILLS

  • Culinary Techniques I, II, III
  • Foundations of Menu Planning and Design
  • Advanced Menu Planning 
  • Culinary Techniques: Alternative Diets
  • Food business
  • Food Service Operations Management
  • Food Service Theories
  • Food Tasting: the Epicurean Experience 
  • Advanced Gastronomy Trends
  • Topics in Cooking and Gastronomy-Seminar
  • Practicum Placement in Integrated Food Sciences

ADMISSION

The Honours Bachelor of Integrated Food Sciences is a exclusive program with only 14 spots. The application process 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.

Because this is a private partnership, between Le Cordon Bleu International and the University of Ottawa, students in this program are not eligible for uOttawa scholarships and bursaries, nor for Canadian financial aid.

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