2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Nutrition Science | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Nutrition Science



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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


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 and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
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, an appreciation of food habits and can identify the social and cultural importance of food.
3 Critically review, analyse and synthesise information in relation to nutrition, food and health.
4 Apply principles of nutrition science within research and practice environments.
5 Appreciate the range of applications of nutrition science within research and social environments.
6 Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving.
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

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points 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
MEDI100Human Structure and Function6Autumn
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.
CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
Plus ONE subject from the following list:
INDS150Introduction to Indigenous Australia6Autumn
PSYC101Introduction to Behavioural Science6Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
SOC 103Introduction to Sociology6Autumn
Or other subject that has been approved by the Course Coordinator.
BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
MEDI112Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II6Spring
MEDI150Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition6Autumn
Plus one of the following two subjects:
CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
Year 2
BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
CHEM215Food Chemistry6Autumn
MEDI211Control Mechanisms Physiology6Autumn
MEDI231Measurement of diet and health promotion6Autumn
BIOL214The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism6Spring
MEDI251Nutritional Epidemiology6Spring
MEDI213Nutritional Physiology6Spring
STAT251Fundamentals of Biostatistics6Spring
Year 3
MEDI369Nutrition in Practice6Annual, Autumn
MEDI362Research in Human Nutrition6Autumn
MEDI363Community and Public Health Nutrition6Autumn
Plus 6 credit points selected from the General Schedule or Science Schedule
MEDI355Nutrition and Food Innovation6Spring
Plus, 18 credit points of electives selected from the General Schedule, the Science Schedule or from the list below
A maximum of 60 credit points of 100 level subjects are undertaken as credit within the degree
HAS 160Food and Society I: The What and Why of Food6Spring
MEDI350Research Projects12Autumn, Spring
CRLP200Career Ready Learning & Practice6Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
HAS 265Food and Society II: Community Settings and Practice6Spring



If students wish to complete a minor as part of the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, consultation with the Academic Program Director and subsequent approval is required.

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Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Human Geography
  • Social Policy
  • Social Marketing
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Criminology


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.

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

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 9 December, 2019