Nutritional Sciences

NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

Do you see yourself making a difference in the field of population and public health nutrition? How about health promotion or the health sciences? The Nutritional Sciences major opens doors to fulfilling and rewarding careers within this exciting sector. In this program, you’ll study human nutritional sciences, learn about how nutrition integrates with other areas in health and science, and — should you choose to keep the inquiry going — be primed for deeper research at the masters and doctoral level.

What You Need to Know

UBC’s Nutritional Sciences major is specifically designed for learners who are interested in human nutrition. In this program, you’ll develop a strong foundation in human nutrition that you can then build out into your area of greatest interest, whether that’s in basic nutritional sciences, population and public health nutrition or international nutrition. After graduation, you can further develop your expertise through research-intensive graduate studies, or pursue additional studies in health professions like pharmacy, nursing, naturopathy, medicine, rehabilitation sciences and veterinary medicine. Your Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health with a major in Nutritional Sciences also provides you with a strong foundation for a career in research related to health sciences, nutrition, and in public and private organizations related to health promotion.

In the Nutritional Sciences major, you’ll explore content in basic and applied human nutrition, which ranges from broad topics in community nutrition right down to the finest details of how our bodies actually metabolize and utilize nutrients. Here, you’ll experience rich opportunities to integrate nutrition with your interests in other areas within health and science, and you’ll be primed to carry your education further at the masters and PhD level. All Nutritional Sciences students take the same core of courses, but you can focus your electives to delve deeper into a particular area of interest such as basic nutritional sciences, population and public health nutrition, and international nutrition.

In Nutritional Sciences, 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 Nutritional Sciences student, you will need a strong background in the sciences, so you’ll start with chemistry, math and biology. As you progress through the program, you’ll also be able to take focused, nutrition-specific courses such as:

  • FNH 200: Exploring our Food
  • FNH 370: Nutrition Assessment
  • FNH 350: Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • FNH 342: Consumer Aspects of Food
  • FNH 371: Human Nutrition Over the Life Span
  • FNH 451: Nutrient Metabolism and Implications for Health
  • FNH 472: Maternal and Fetal Nutrition
  • FNH 477: Nutrition and Disease Prevention

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.

FNH General/Nutritional Sciences (major declared 2018W and beyond)

Suggested Restricted Electives for Nutritional Science Major and Suggested Health Electives for Food, Nutrition and Health Major

2nd-year Restricted Electives for the Food, Nutrition and Health Major can be selected from any of the following courses (please make sure you meet the prerequisites for these courses):

  • APBI 260, 265, 290
  • BIOL 204, 205, 230, 233, 234, 260
  • CHEM 211
  • ECON 101 (or ECON 310), ECON 102 (or ECON 311)
  • ENVR 200
  • FMST 210
  • KIN 230, 231, 261, 275, 284
  • MICB 201
  • PSYC 207, 208, 216, 218, 270, 277, 278

Restricted electives for the Nutritional Science major must be selected from courses numbered 300 or above. Students interested in focusing their electives on the areas of Human Nutrition, International Nutrition and Population and Public Health, are recommended to select electives as noted; however, students can use any combination of electives listed below to fulfill their degree requirement.

Health Electives for the Food, Nutrition and Health Major include FNH 370, FNH 371, FNH 402, FNH 477 and courses listed below that are marked with an asterisk (*).

Permission to use courses that are not on this list as a Restricted elective or a Health elective must be obtained from a program advisor.

Human Nutrition

  • Upper level BIOC, BIOL, CAPS, CHEM, MICB, MEDG, PCTH, STAT
  • FNH 402*, FNH 474, FNH 497*, FNH 499*

International Nutrition

  • ANTH, 407, 429
  • ECON 317, 335
  • FNH 301, 302, 309, 313, 355, 402, 413, 473, 497, 499
  • FRE 306, 340, 374
  • GRSJ 305
  • POLI 352, 363, 366, 367, 369
  • PSYC 314*
  • SOCI 301A, 302A, 360B, 361A, 484A
  • SPPH 400

Population and Public Health

  • Upper level PSYC, SPPH, STAT
  • FMST 312, 314, 316, 436
  • FNH 355, 490, 497, 499
  • PSYC 302, 304, 304, 307, 314, 315, 360, 361, 365
  • SOCI 301A, 324, 342, 415A, 420A, 425A, 440A, 444, 479A*

Other courses approved as restricted electives for the Nutritional Science major include:

  • ANTH 425 Nutritional Archaeology
  • ANTH 428 Medicine, Society, and Culture
  • ANTH 429 Global Health in Cross-Cultural Contexts
  • FMST 312 Parent-child Relationships
  • FMST 314 Relationship development
  • FMST 316 Human Sexuality
  • FMST 436 Family Life Education
  • FNH 342 Consumer Aspects of Food
  • FNH 355 International Nutrition
  • FNH 405 Microbiology of Food and Beverage Fermentation
  • FNH 413 Food Safety
  • FNH 471 Human Nutrition Over the Life Span
  • FNH 473 Nutrition Education in the Community
  • GRSJ 310* Issues in Gender and Health
  • HESO 400* Sociocultural Determinants of Health
  • KIN 425* Aging, Health and the Body
  • KIN 464* Health Promotion and Physical Activity
  • KIN 465* Interculturalism, Health and Physical Activity
  • KIN 469* Chronic Health Issues, Physical Activity, and Community Practice
  • LFS 302A/B International Field Studies
  • LFS 340 First Nations Health and the Traditional Role of Plants
  • LFS 400 Digital Communication Topics in Agriculture
  • LFS 450 Land, Food, and Community III
  • LFS 496A/B Career Development Internship
  • PHIL 433 Bio-Medical Ethics
  • POLI 350 Public Policy
  • POLI 364A International Organizations
  • PSYC 314* Health Psychology
  • PSYC 322 Adulthood and Aging
  • SOCI 301A Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment
  • SOCI 324 Sociology of the Life Course
  • SOCI 342 Consumers and Consumption
  • SOCI 415A Theories of Family and Kinship
  • SOCI 420A Sociology of the Environment
  • SOCI 423 Sociology of Food
  • SOCI 425A Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 440A Economic Sociology
  • SOCI 444 Sociology of Aging
  • SOCI 473 Sociology of Mental Illness
  • SOCI 479* Social Determinants of Health
  • SOCI 484* Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SPPH 300* Working in International Health
  • SPPH 400* Health Care Team Development
  • SPPH 401* Health Care Ethics
  • SPPH 402 HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care
  • SPPH 404* First Nations Health: Historical and Contemporary Issues
  • SPPH 406 Aging from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • SPPH 407 Disability and Justice
  • SPPH 408* Topics in Aboriginal Health: Community-based Learning Experience
  • SPPH 409 International Indigenous Experiences of Colonization
  • SPPH 410* Improving Public Health
  • SPPH 411 Violence Across the Lifespan

source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/LFS:Restricted_Electives/FNH

Nutritional Sciences (major declared in 2017W or earlier)

Nutritional Sciences Major

  • ANTH 227 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 428 Medicine, Technology, Culture and Society
  • ANTH 429 Global Health in Cross-Cultural Contexts
  • ECON 234 Wealth and Poverty of Nations
  • ECON 255 Understanding Globalization
  • FMST 210 Family Context of Human Development
  • FMST 312 Parent-child Relationships
  • FMST 314 Relationship development
  • FMST 316 Human Sexuality
  • FNH 342 Critical Perspectives on Consumer Food Practices
  • FNH 355 International Nutrition
  • FNH 371 Human Nutrition Over the Life Span
  • FNH 405 Microbiology of Food and Beverage Fermentation
  • FNH 413 Food Safety
  • FNH 455 Applied International Nutrition
  • FNH 473 Nutrition Education in the Community
  • HESO 400 Sociocultural Determinants of Health
  • LFS 302A/B International Field Studies
  • LFS 340 First Nations Health and the Traditional Role of Plants (3 credits)
  • LFS 400 Audio Storytelling
  • LFS 450 Land, Food, and Community III
  • LFS 496A/b Career Development Internship
  • PHIL 333 Bio-Medical Ethics
  • POLI 364A International Organizations
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC102 Introduction to Developmental, Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 314 Health Psychology
  • SOCI 200 Sociology of the Family
  • SOCI 240A Introduction to Social Interaction
  • SOCI 301A Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment
  • SOCI 324 Sociology of the Life Course
  • SOCI 342 Consumers and Consumption
  • SOCI 415A Theories of Family and Kinship
  • SOCI 425A Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 440A Economic Sociology
  • SOCI 444 Sociology of Aging
  • SPPH 200 Understanding the Sociocultural Determinants of the Health of Populations
  • SPPH 300 Working in International Health
  • SPPH 400 Statistics for Health Research
  • SPPH 401 Health Care Ethics
  • SPPH 410 Improving Public Health
  • SPPH 411 Violence Across the Lifespan

source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/LFS:Restricted_Electives/NUTR_(2017W_or_earlier)

Minors

You may opt to supplement your Nutritional Sciences major with a minor program, which involves taking courses in a subject area outside of your specialization. Food, Nutrition and Health students are eligible to apply for a Minor in Arts, a Minor in Commerce, a Minor in Fermentations or a Minor in Science. Learn more about minors, including application timelines, here.

Dual Degree with Master of Management

Consider amplifying your Nutritional Sciences degree with a foundation in business by applying for the Bachelor of Science (Food, Nutrition and Health) – Master of Management dual degree. Note that 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.

If you are a current Food, Nutrition and Health student who’s interested in the Nutritional Sciences major, you will be prompted to select your specialization through your Student Service Centre (SSC) when registering for second year. This major is not competitive.

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

Where Can a Degree in Nutritional Sciences Take You?

Graduates in Nutritional Sciences have gone on to continue their education at the masters and PhD levels, to pursue careers in nutrition and/or health research, and to apply their knowledge in research- and development-related industries. Here’s a snapshot of a few careers where our grads have found their knowledge and expertise to be very much in demand:

  • food service supervisor
  • nutrition and fitness consultant
  • pharmaceutical sales representative
  • quality assurance/lab technician
  • freelance researcher for nutrition book
  • naturopathic doctor
  • nutrition communication associate
  • health food supplement sales agent

Nutritional Sciences also forms a basis from which LFS graduates have furthered their studies in health professions such as:

  • medicine
  • pharmacy
  • nursing
  • rehabilitation sciences
  • veterinary medicine

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’re already in the major and have specific questions about restricted electives or directed studies, please contact your program advisor, Zhaoming Xu.

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