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B-NUTR

Nutrition and Food Science

Bachelor degree

Learn the science of nutrition and the best way to promote healthy diet behaviours.

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  • ATAR
    Minimum ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science)
  • Duration
    3 years full-time
  • Credit
    600
  • CRICOS
    003887J
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
  • Fieldwork
    See requirements
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New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.

2022

Semester 2

On campus

2023

Semester 1

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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Outline

If COVID-19 restrictions apply, we may need to make changes to units and/or delivery modes.

Broad career options

You'll gain a specialised understanding of nutrition or food science, and have the option of studying this course as part of a double degree with a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion).

Work experience

Undertake multiple field trips and a work placement with an external organisation.

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In this course you will not only learn the science behind nutrition, but also how you can improve the nutritional status of populations. You’ll also develop high-level communication and teamwork skills.

Your first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students. In your second year you will choose between two streams: Nutrition or Food Science.

Nutrition

In this stream you will develop your understanding of the associations between diet and health outcomes.

You’ll explore the social and cultural influences that impact dietary decisions within populations. You’ll also conduct a nutrition research project.

Course outcomes from the Nutrition stream meet entry requirements for Curtin’s Master of Dietetics course.

In Australia, there is a distinction between dietitians and other occupations in the nutrition and food science field including that of a nutritionist. To qualify as a dietitian you must complete postgraduate studies.

Food Science

In this stream you will focus on the nature and chemical composition of foods, ingredient behaviour under different processing conditions, and the application of this knowledge to improve the safety and quality of food.

You’ll undertake field trips throughout the course and a work placement with an external organisation.

Double degree options

You can study Nutrition as part of a double degree with a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion).

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • Classes in this course are kept small to allow close liaison between students and staff, who bring practical and academic experience to their teaching.
  • In this science-based course you'll also gain high-level communication and teamwork skills.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Nutrition stream are eligible to apply for membership of the Public Health Association of Australia and apply as an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Graduates of the Food Science stream are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Career information

Careers

  • Dietitian
  • Food scientist
  • Food technologist
  • Home economist
  • Nutritionist

Industries

  • Community health
  • Education and research
  • Food manufacturing
  • Government lobby groups
  • Health and food fitness sector
  • Research and development

What you'll learn

  • integrated discipline knowledge and evidence-based approaches to principles and practices within the field of food nutrition and food science.
  • utilise sound knowledge and critical thinking to formulate solution to contemporary issues in nutrition and food science.
  • apply effective and appropriate strategies to analyse complex nutrition and food science information from a variety of sources.
  • effectively communicate ideas and understandings related to nutrition and food science, to technical and non-technical audiences, through written and oral means in ways appropriate to the audience or situation.
  • confidently evaluate and use current and emerging technologies that are relevant to the field of nutrition and food science.
  • demonstrate initiative and responsibility to deepen and broaden individual and professional learning.
  • apply global perspectives to nutrition and food science issues.
  • demonstrate cultural competence and ethics in to nutrition and food science practice.
  • demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy, accountability and professional practice when interacting with diverse individuals, communities and organisations.

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Integrated Science or Physics.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Elements considered are WE and either V or Q. STAT alone is not accepted for entry into this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Integrated Science or Physics.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Elements considered are WE and either V or Q. STAT alone is not accepted for entry into this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Integrated Science or Physics.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Elements considered are WE and either V or Q. STAT alone is not accepted for entry into this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Integrated Science or Physics.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have: 

  • Completed at least one semester of studies with a Courses Weighted Average (CWA) of 60% or higher; and 
  • If you have completed CMHL1000 Foundations for Professional Health Practice, a mark of 60% or higher; or 
  • BIOL1004 Foundations for Bioscience Practice; and 
  • If you have completed NUTR1000 Food and Nutrition Principles, a mark of 60% or higher; and 
  • Met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Students on conditional status must provide a personal statement. The science prerequisite can be met with: 

  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry, with a grade of 60% or higher; or 
  • CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry, with a grade of 70% or higher; or 
  • CHEM1007 Fundamental Chemistry for Bioscience, with a grade of 60% or higher; or 
  • HUMB1000 Human Structure and Function, with a grade of 60% or higher. 

 

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • Completed a unit assessed as meeting the chemistry prerequisite, with a grade of 60% or higher; and
  • Met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants for this course should refer to the Clinical Health Sciences and Police Clearances sections of the Faculty website.

Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2022

Semester 2
  • On campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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  • Curtin course code: B-NUTR
  • CRICOS code: 003887J
  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022