Food and Nutritional Sciences (Double Major)


The Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major allows you to combine an interest in nutrition and food science, giving you the best of both worlds. In this double major, your program will focus on the core requirements of both the Food Science Major and the Nutritional Sciences Major. Practical hands-on training in the lab, close interaction with industry partners throughout your program and professional accreditation by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) give you a powerful head start in any number of exciting careers in the food and nutrition sectors.

What You Need to Know

The Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major at UBC integrates content from both Food Science and Nutritional Sciences, giving you a solid foundation in the principles of food science with respect to the manufacture, preservation and quality of food products. You’ll also explore the role of food in human health. After you finish this program, you’ll be uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of healthy foods for optimal living — an exciting frontier to be working on in today’s world.

In pursuing this double-major program, you’ll be eligible to apply for IFT, or Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) scholarships, provided you’re a member of the association.

The Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major combines the core degree requirements of both the Food Science major and the Nutritional Sciences major. This program gives you a strong foundation in human nutrition with applied knowledge from the fields of food chemistry, analysis, microbiology, processing and engineering. You’ll gain practical hands-on lab experience and training, and will enjoy many opportunities to interact with industry partners throughout the year, both through your coursework and through events hosted by the BC Food Technologists. The Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major is a professional program accredited by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Widely recognized in the United States and increasingly here in Canada, IFT certification after graduation benefits your career by demonstrating your competency to potential employers. It is not, however, a requirement for employment in the field.

In the Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major, you will take a combination of degree requirements (required of all students) and restricted electives (courses selected from a curated list of approved electives). You’ll also be able to take a limited number of unrestricted electives (courses you get to pick yourself).

As a Food and Nutrition Sciences Double Major student, you’ll need to build a strong foundation with courses in math, chemistry, biology and physics. In later years, you’ll branch out and explore aspects of food and nutrition sciences in greater depth, like in the following courses:

  • FNH 300: Principles of Food Engineering
  • FNH 350: Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • FNH 398: Research Methods in Human Nutrition
  • FNH 405: Microbiology of Food and Beverage Fermentation
  • FNH 370: Nutrition Assessment
  • FNH 371: Human Nutrition over the Lifespan

To see the complete list of required courses for this program, please consult the UBC Academic Calendar. Current students, please use the ‘Degree Navigator’ tool in your Student Service Centre (SSC) to track your progress.


You may choose to supplement your Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major with a minor program, which involves taking courses in a subject area outside of your specialization. As a Food, Nutrition and Health student, you are eligible to apply for a Minor in Arts, a Minor in Commerce, a Minor in Science, a Minor in Fermentations or a Minor in Kinesiology. To learn more about minors, including application timelines, click here.

Dual Degree with Master of Management

If you’re thinking of taking your Food, Nutrition and Health degree to another level — or into the business arena — you may want to apply for the Bachelor of Science (Food, Nutrition and Health) – Master of Management Dual Degree. Please note: admission to this program is primarily available to students coming directly out of high school. Depending on enrolment, the UBC Sauder School of Business may release a limited number of spaces on a competitive basis to students who are going into their third year at UBC (or those who are transferring to UBC for their third year). Learn more about this dual-degree program option and the application process in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration section of the UBC Academic Calendar.

The Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major is competitive, which means you will need to apply if you wish to be considered. Both your academic performance and a letter of intent count toward UBC’s assessment of your fit for the major. You can find out more about admission requirements and timelines in the UBC Academic Calendar.

If you are a high school, college or university student and you want to major in Food, Nutrition and Health at UBC, you should apply for the Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health. You can learn more here.

Where Can the Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major Take You?

This dual degree prepares you for a vast array of fulfilling careers in the food and nutrition sectors. Here are just a few:

  • food product development technician
  • food analysis technician
  • quality assurance technician or manager
  • HACCP coordinator
  • microbiology technician
  • food processing specialist inspector
  • food laboratory manager
  • consumer product officer
  • And of course, the learning doesn’t have to stop at a bachelor’s degree. You can further your studies by pursuing a masters or PhD in Human Nutrition or Food Science.

Get a head start on your career-related work experience while you’re at UBC. Check out our job board for postings that relate to your field of study!

Got Questions?

If you are a prospective or current student with questions about planning for or choosing this major, or if you have questions about how your transfer credits apply, get in touch! One of our academic advisors in LFS Student Services will be glad to help you.

If you are already in the Food Science major and have specific questions about restricted electives and Directed Studies, please contact your program advisor, Vivien Measday.

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