Programs & Courses

Nutrition

About this Program

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A career in nutrition can provide rewarding opportunities to help others lead a healthy lifestyle. As a dietician or nutritionist, your job may include duties such as

  • Identifying nutrition problems and assessing the nutritional status of patients in a clinical setting.
  • Developing diet plans and counseling patients on special diet modifications.
  • Assessing, promoting, protecting, and enhancing the health of the general public in a community setting and providing strategies for prevention of nutrition-related diseases. 
  • Managing a cost effective food production operation, distributing high quality meals/snacks, and monitoring sanitation and safety standards in a food service setting. 
  • Operating private consulting practices to provide expertise in nutrition, as well as promote health and prevent disease
  • Working with individuals, groups, workplaces and media to provide dietary advice for healthy living.
  • Working with food and pharmaceutical companies to provide research, develop products, educate consumers, and promote and market better food and nutritional products in a business setting.
  • Teaching nutrition, food chemistry, or food service administration to students in any health profession and at all levels of education.

A career in nutrition can lead to employment opportunities with:

  • Health Canada
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • School Systems
  • Regional Hospitals and Health Care Centers
  • Careers in the Food Industry
    • Nutrition Management and Regulatory Affairs
    • Project Coordination for Nutrition Companies
    • Product Health Claims Research
    • Pharmaceutical Companies
    • Food and Nutrition Manager

    High School
    (Alberta High School Courses or equivalents with a minimum 60% average in the required courses)

    • ELA 30-1
    • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1
    • Biology 30
    • Chemistry 30
    • One additional 30-level academic subject (Physics 30 recommended) or one Grade 12 5-credit subject (excluding Special Projects) 

    Mature Student (21 years of age)
    The following are minimum admission requirements. Please see an advisor for additional course-specific pre-requisites.

    • ELA 30-1
    • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1
    • Biology 30
    • Chemistry 30

    University of Alberta, Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences

    University of Alberta
    Phone:  780-492-4933
    Email:  new2ales@ualberta.ca

    Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science, with majors in:

    • Food Science and Technology
    • Nutrition (Dietetics Option) (see note below)
    • Nutrition and Food, with minors in:
      • Physical Activitiy
      • Human Ecology
      • Food Marketing
      • Food Policy

    Students interested in Dietetics will apply to the Dietetic Specialization after at least one year of pre-professional studies. If students want to apply after just one year, they have to apply directly to University of Alberta for their first year.

    BIOL 231
    CHEM 201, CHEM 203, and CHEM 250
    200 level ENGL (6 credits)

    Please consult www.ales.ualberta.ca/prospectivestudents for the most up to date information on admission grade point average into the Nutrition and Food Science program as well as course requirements for the program.

    We encourage you to consult with a Medicine Hat College academic advisor, a University of Alberta academic advisor, and the University of Alberta calendar regarding admissions requirements and course selections. Students are responsible for making informed course choices as part of their academic degree planning.

    University of Saskatchewan, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

    University of Saskatchewan
    Phone:  306-966-6327
    Email:  undergrad-pharmacy-nutrition@usask.ca

    The University of Saskatchewan offers a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (B.Sc.[Nutr]) degree program, which consists of a one-year pre-professional requirement, usually in a Science program, followed by four years in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.  To be considered for admission to he B.Sc.Nutr. program, you must have successfully completed a pre-nutrition program which must include the following courses.

    You mush have successfully completed a pre-nutrition program which must include the following courses:

    These prerequisite courses must be completed prior to April 30 of the year of application, in order to be considered for admission, and applicants must have a minimum average of 70%.  In addition to completing the above academic requirements, applicants must also complete the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition's "Test of Critical Skills" and "Personal Profile" in order to be considered to admission. 

    For more information about these requirements, please see the University of Saskatchewan, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition website.  Please note that limited spaces are available for out-of-province applicants. Students are responsible for making informed course choices as part of their academic degree planning.

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