University Studies: Nutrition and Food Sciences


About this Program

If you have an interest in healthy living and nutrition, a career as a dietician or nutritionist may be a good fit for you. You can begin your studies in nutrition and transfer to another institution to complete your education. As a dietician or nutritionist, your job may include duties such as

  • Identifying nutrition problems and assessing the nutritional status of patients in a clinical setting.
  • Developing diet plans and counseling patients on special diet modifications.
  • Assessing, promoting, protecting, and enhancing the health of the general public in a community setting and providing strategies for prevention of nutrition-related diseases. 
  • Managing a cost effective food production operation, distributing high quality meals/snacks, and monitoring sanitation and safety standards in a food service setting. 
  • Operating private consulting practices to provide expertise in nutrition, as well as promote health and prevent disease
  • Working with individuals, groups, workplaces and media to provide dietary advice for healthy living.
  • Working with food and pharmaceutical companies to provide research, develop products, educate consumers, and promote and market better food and nutritional products in a business setting.
  • Teaching nutrition, food chemistry, or food service administration to students in any health profession and at all levels of education.

High School
(Alberta High School Courses or equivalents with a minimum 60% average in the required courses) 

  • ELA 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Math 30-1
  • One Grade 12 5-credit subject (excluding Special Projects). Physics 30 recommended.

Mature Student (21 years of age) 
The following are minimum admission requirements. Please see an advisor for additional course-specific pre-requisites.

  • ELA 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Math 30-1
Please see the program calendar or consult with an academic advisor for an up to date set of courses related to Nutrition and Food Sciences.

A career in nutrition can lead to employment opportunities with:

  • Health Canada
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • School Systems
  • Regional Hospitals and Health Care Centers
  • Careers in the Food Industry
  • Nutrition Management and Regulatory Affairs
  • Project Coordination for Nutrition Companies
  • Product Health Claims Research
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Food and Nutrition Manager

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