2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Nutrition Science | 2017

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Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Nutrition Science



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

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Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757645

Additional Information:

Course Finder


The Bachelor of Nutrition Science provides a strong grounding in nutritional science, including topics such as nutrition and exercise, food chemistry, biochemistry and metabolism, as well as training in nutrition research.

The course meets the requirements of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) for graduates to register as nutrition scientists, following 3 years of relevant workplace experience after graduation. Nutrition Science courses do not receive accreditation in Australia by the professional body (NSA). Competencies for nutrition science are met by the course.

In addition, the program is designed to meet the prerequisite requirements for admission into the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is required for accreditation as a nutritionist/dietitian.

Students who achieve a distinction average in the first two years of this degree may be invited to transfer into the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), subject to the availability of places.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Nutrition Science will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic sciences in relation to nutrition and the interactive role of nutrition in health and the prevention of disease.
  2. Illustrate an awareness of food as a source of nutrients, within the context of social and cultural food habits
  3. Critically review, analyse and synthesise information in relation to nutrition, food and health.
  4. Appraise nutrition science knowledge and skills that can be applied in scholarship and throughout the human life cycle.
  5. Apply principles of nutrition science within research and practice environments.
  6. Exercise critical thinking, independent problem solving and working effectively in teams.
  7. Communicate food and nutrition knowledge and ideas to others.
  8. Understand the importance of being an independent learner who exercises responsibility for their ongoing professional development.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Nutrition Science requires the successful completion of 144 credit points of subjects in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI110 Human Growth Nutrition and Exercise 6 Autumn
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
Plus one of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Plus ONE subject from the following list:
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
Or other subject that has been approved by the Course Coordinator.
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Spring
Plus one of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Year 2
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM215 Food Chemistry 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
MEDI231 Measurement of diet and health promotion 6 Autumn
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
MEDI251 Nutritional Epidemiology 6 Spring
MEDI213 Nutritional Physiology 6 Spring
STAT251 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 6 Spring
Year 3
MEDI369 Nutrition in Practice  Autumn. First offered in 2018 
MEDI362 Research in Human Nutrition 6 Autumn
MEDI363 Community and Public Health Nutrition 6 Autumn
Plus ONE subject as approved by the Course Coordinator.
MEDI355 Nutrition and Food Innovation 6 Spring
Plus, 18 credit points of electives which may include the following THREE subjects from the list below or other subjects as approved by the Course Coordinator:
CHEM325 Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Spring. First offered in 2018
MEDI350 Research Projects 12 Annual, Autumn, Spring. First offered in 2018


Successful completion of the Bachelor of Nutrition Science with a credit grade average enables students to apply for entry to the BSc (Honours) course. Prospective applicants should consult the School Honours coordinator to register their interest and become involved in the supervisor and topic selection process.

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

Graduates are eligible for Associate Membership of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Graduates may also apply to become a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology and/or an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Full status as a Registered Nutritionist or Registered Public Health Nutritionist can be obtained after work experience (see NSA for further details).

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 19 September, 2017