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Undergraduate

Nutrition and Food Science

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science) - BSc(Curtin) - B-NUTR Health Sciences
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. You must also satisfy the course prerequisites 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.
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

Learn about the science of nutrition and how to promote healthy diet behaviours to improve the nutritional status of populations.

This science-based course provides you with high-level communication and teamwork skills.

Your first year will be interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students.

Your second year builds on this foundation and you will study sciences such as biochemistry and physiology in order to understand how the human body uses nutrients from foods to sustain life. Off-campus field trips will also help you experience food and nutrition issues in real-life settings.

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 undertake a work placement with an external organisation which may be a government, research or food industry organisation.

Students in the Food Science stream undertake a practicum in their final semester of the course.

You can study this as part of a double degree:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Applications ATAR

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

Other admission options
Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Applications ATAR

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

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed one semester of studies, with a grade of 60% for Foundations For Professional Health Practice; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Students on conditional status must provide a personal statement.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry, with a grade of 60% or higher; or
  • CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry, with a grade of 70% or higher.
Other higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed a unit assessed as meeting the chemistry prerequisite, with a grade of 60% or higher; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Applications ATAR
  • Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

'Experience' includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Applications ATAR

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

Other requirements and notes for this course

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.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

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

Fieldwork requirements during the course

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

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 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 (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). 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. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$9,390*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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.

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.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

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.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.