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Nutrition and Food Science

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science) - BSc(Curtin) - B-NUTR Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

Although first and second year are available for study on a part-time basis, second and third year units cannot be undertaken before the completion of first and second years respectively.

Compulsory field trips are conducted throughout the course.

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

In a world where food is both a basic human need and an increasingly visible aspect of popular culture, graduates with expertise in nutrition and the science of food have a vital role to play.

In this course you will learn about how food and nutrition can affect the health and wellbeing of global populations by understanding the science behind foods and the role of nutrition in health.

The first year of the degree explores fundamental sciences linked to food and human nutrition. You will develop knowledge in physiology, biochemistry and biomedical sciences alongside an introduction to health and food behaviours.

The second year builds on these foundations while also exploring the effects of dietary nutrients on health and human development across the life cycle, food chemistry and food processing. You will evaluate the latest scientific literature in the fields of nutrition and food science and relate this to developments in the discipline area.

In the second year of the course you will choose between two streams: Nutrition and Food Science.

The Nutrition stream further develops your understanding of the evidence of associations between diet and health outcomes, and you will explore the social and cultural influences that impact dietary decisions within the population.

You will also conduct a nutrition research project. Graduate nutritionists typically undertake further study to specialise in a professional area, including dietetics, research, food science and technology, health promotion or teaching.

In the Food Science stream you will focus on the nature and chemical composition of foods, ingredient behaviour under different processing conditions, and the application of this knowledge of food science to improve the safety and quality of food.

Nutrition and food scientists are also involved in the research and development of new food products and new technologies in the processing of foods. You will also undertake a work placement with an external organisation which may be a government, research or food industry organisation.

You can study this as part of a double degree:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. You must also satisfy the course prerequisites

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

Chemistry ATAR

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Applications ATAR


Although first and second year are available for study on a part-time basis, second and third year units cannot be undertaken before the completion of first and second years respectively.

Compulsory field trips are conducted throughout the course.

Fieldwork requirements

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Food Science stream will be eligible to apply for professional membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).

Graduates from the Nutrition stream will be eligible to apply for membership to the Public Health Association of Australia and as an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Nutritionist
  • Food Technologist
  • Dietitian
  • Home Economist

You will have a variety of interesting career opportunities in government agencies and private industry, both in Australia and overseas. Government organisations and the food industry create a high demand for graduates in a range of areas, including public health, nutrition education and advice, research related to food and nutrition in health and disease, and the development of new food products. 

Potential employers include health departments, community and public health centres, welfare organisations and non-government organisations, food suppliers and manufacturers, teaching institutions, and federal and state research laboratories.

Note: You will need to undertake further postgraduate study to qualify as a dietitian.

Why Nutrition and Food Science?

  • Classes in this course are kept small to allow close liaison between students and staff, who bring practical and academic experience to their teaching.
  • This science-based course provides you with high-level communication and teamwork skills.
  • This course is the only undergraduate course in Western Australia offering a stream in food science. 
  • Course outcomes from the Nutrition stream meet entry requirements for Curtin’s Master of Dietetics course.