Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 314761
This program provides students with skills and knowledge in food science and human nutrition. Students will learn how to design, formulate, produce and package everyday and specialty foods with specific functional and nutritional properties. They will learn the importance of developing a sustainable, nutritious and healthy food supply and complete a placement in the food industry or a nutrition/health related organisation. A pre-dietetics pathway is included in the program.
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|Adelaide Approved Score||75|
|2016 CSP IB||24|
|Deferment?||Yes - 2 year|
|IELTS Overall||6 [more info]|
|Annual tuition fees||International student place: $33,000|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||60%|
|ISBE [India] ||70%|
|OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U]||65|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||339|
|Bradford Foundation Program||70|
|Annual tuition fees||International student place: $33,000|
The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.
|Year1||S1||BIOLOGY 1101ND Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
|FOOD SC 1001WT Food and Nutrition I
|CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA (3 units)
CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
|FOOD SC 1000RG Introduction to Food Technology I
|S2||BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives (3 units)||FOOD SC 1002RG Practical Food Production I (3 units)||CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB (3 units)
CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB (3 units)
CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)(3 units) [Summer School]
|STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences)
|Year2||S1||FOOD SC 2505RG Food Quality & Regulation II (3 units)||PLANT SC 2520WT Microbiology & Biotechnology II (3 units)||Approved Elective 1 x 3 units||Approved Elective 1 x 3 units|
|S2||BIOCHEM 2501 Biochemistry II: Metabolism (3 units)||FOOD SC 2502RG Food Microbiology II (3 units)||FOOD SC 2510WT Nutrition II (3 units)||Approved Elective 1 x 3 units|
FOOD SC 3510RG Food & Nutrition Science - Industry Placement III (3 units)
FOOD SC 3520WT Nutrition Industry Placement III (3 units)
|FOOD SC 3505WT Public Health Nutrition III (3 units)||PLANT SC 3530RG Food Preservation and Packaging Techniques III (3 units)||FOOD SC 3540RG Food Chemistry III (3 units)|
|S2||FOOD SC 3503RG Food Processing Technology III
|FOOD SC 3502WT Nutrition III (3 units)||FOOD SC 3021RG Food Product Development III (3 units)||FOOD SC 3027RG Sensory Evaluation of Foods III
A wide range of career opportunities exist in the food industry, government and non-government organisations, including: quality control and auditing, nutritional advice and support, new product development, marketing and labelling, research in both food science and nutrition areas and public health nutrition. Our graduates secure roles with ample opportunities for career progression into management and leadership positions.
Food Science Career Opportunities include:
• food technologist, technical officer or manager
• laboratory assistant or manager
• marketing manager, Product development assistant
• quality assurance officer, supervisor or manager
• food scientist/researcher
• research student (honours and PhD)
Opportunities for these careers exist in individual food industries and food companies; universities (eg FOODplus Research Centre); government and non-government organisations such as CSIRO, National Heart Foundation, South Australia Research Development Institute (SARDI) etc.
Nutrition, Food & Health Career Opportunities exist in:
• Food Industry
– providing nutrition & health support and advice in regard to product development and
reformulation, marketing and labelling claims and the development of education and
promotional resource materials (eg Dairy Australia, Woolworths Fresh Kids site)
• Government & non-government organisations
– as a researcher, advisor or technical assistant/manager in the area of food, nutrition
& health within organisations such as universities, hospitals, CSIRO, National Heart
Foundation, Diabetes Australia and Foundations such as the Cancer Foundation,
Osteoporosis Australia and other public health organisations etc
• Research Student (Honours and PhD)
• Post-graduate study (for example, Master of Dietetics degrees)
Graduates of the BFNS are eligible to be recognised by the following organisations:
• Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST)
- graduates can apply for graduate membership of the AIFST
• The Nutrition Society of Australia
- initially, graduates can apply for registration as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)
After three years of relevant experience, graduates may apply for registration as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with this organisation.
Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Food Standards Officer, Market Researcher, Science Communicators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Marketing - Agriculture, Food & Wine
Graduates of the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science degree are eligible to apply for Registration as an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia, and Graduate Membership to the Australian Institute of Food Science Technology.
The Dietetics Association of Australia has information about what is required for registration and what universities do have registered programs
The Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (BFNS) degree does not allow students to practice as a "registered" Dietician/Nutritionist or be registered with the Dietetics Association of Australia (DAA). There is only one Undergraduate course in South Australia which does and it has a very high entry requirement and limited spaces.
Pathways for students to become registered, students must first complete BFNS plus a one year honours degree and then complete one of two masters programs (one at Flinders and one at UniSA) that qualify graduate for registration with DAA. Students will need to have a strong undergraduate "grade point average".
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