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Bachelor of Nutrition Science | 2017
Testamur Title of Degree:
Bachelor of Nutrition Science
UOW Course Code:
Total Credit Points:
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Delivery Campus / UAC Code:
Wollongong / 757645
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.
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:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic sciences in relation to nutrition and the interactive role of nutrition in health and the prevention of disease.
- Illustrate an awareness of food as a source of nutrients, within the context of social and cultural food habits
- Critically review, analyse and synthesise information in relation to nutrition, food and health.
- Appraise nutrition science knowledge and skills that can be applied in scholarship and throughout the human life cycle.
- Apply principles of nutrition science within research and practice environments.
- Exercise critical thinking, independent problem solving and working effectively in teams.
- Communicate food and nutrition knowledge and ideas to others.
- Understand the importance of being an independent learner who exercises responsibility for their ongoing professional development.
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)|
|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|
|BIOL213||Principles of Biochemistry||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|
|STAT251||Fundamentals of Biostatistics||6||Spring|
|MEDI369||Nutrition in Practice||6||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.
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).