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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.
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 reallife 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.

You can study this as part of a double degree:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

Admission criteria

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

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.

70

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.

ATAR-related adjustments

Details of the types of ‘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 recent intake period.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

Chemistry ATAR

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Applications ATAR

English language proficiency

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

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

Notes

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

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

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.

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.

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.