Course

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science)

Approved Abbreviation: BSc(Nutr&FoodSc)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3678.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 074706J


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

There is more to healthy eating than you realise. This program will help you understand nutrition and the science behind food. A Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science) will prepare you for the future by developing the skills and knowledge to solve future challenges in nutrition and health, food quality and security. Students will develop a strong foundation in the biological and chemical sciences to needed underpin their studies, with majors in ‘Human Nutrition’ or ‘Food Science and Technology’ that will allow further specialisation. Career opportunities include community nutrition and health, health promotion, new food product development, quality assurance, and food technology secondary teaching. The program has strong industry and community links, well-equipped facilities including food processing pilot plant and modern kitchen facilities.

A major in Human Nutrition (M3059) investigates healthy eating as a vital part of good health. The major covers nutrition, food and health, with specialised studies in community nutrition, public health nutrition, human physiology, health promotion and food studies. The major prepares students for careers in community nutrition, health promotion and education, or work in a range of food and nutrition related businesses, including new product development of healthy foods. Students seeking to do postgraduate studies in Nutrition and Dietetics are advised to select a double major of Nutrition and Physiology (M3058) with the Human Nutrition major and complete further studies in metabolism and advanced physiology.

A major in Food Science and Technology (M3057) explores the science behind food, its preparation and manufacture. The major covers specialised topics in food processing, food safety, quality assurance, new product development, postharvest, packaging, microbiological and chemical analysis. The major prepares students for a wide range of careers in the food and beverage related industries, including food product development, quality assurance, management of the fresh food supply, food regulations, research and development.

Students seeking to be secondary Food Technology teachers are advised to select a sub-major in Education Studies (SM1100) in preparation for Master of Teaching in their fourth year of study. This program will satisfy the requirements of the NSW Institute of Teachers for first teaching areas of ‘Food Technology’ and ‘Biology’, with further teaching areas possible in ‘chemistry’, ‘physics’, or ‘design and technology’ depending on the electives selected.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicebscifood@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: At least two of the following subjects - 2 unit Biology, 2 unit Chemistry or 2 unit Mathematics.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequences below.

Note 1: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above. Some students may need to take one elective as a Level 3 unit.

Note 2: Students must also satisfactorily complete a minimum of ten weeks Approved Industrial Experience, the time can be accrued throughout the duration of your course. The work experience will be recognised by achieving Satisfactory grade in the final semester core unit 300655 - Approved Industrial Experience.

Note 3: Students completing the SM1100 - Education Studies Sub-major will need to complete two units from the sub major instead of two electives from the recommended sequence below.

SM1100Education Studies

Start-year Intake

Year 1

Autumn session

300802Biodiversity
300811Scientific Literacy
300831Quantitative Thinking

Choose one of

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

Spring session

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2
300805Food Science 1

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300842Food Science 2
300933Nutrition and Health 1

Spring session

300879Experimental Foods

Human Nutrition Major

300934Nutrition and Health 2
300818Introduction to Physiology

And one elective

Food Science and Technology Major

300859Food Safety
300869Postharvest

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

300922Quality Assurance and Food Analysis

Human Nutrition Major

300928Consumer Issues in Nutrition
300871Culinary Science

And one elective

Food Science and Technology major

300871Culinary Science

Choose one of

300866Analytical Microbiology
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Or Education Studies sub-major unit

And one elective

Spring session

300915Food Product Development

All students must satisfactorily complete the unit 300655 - Approved Industrial Experience (10 weeks), comprising a minimum of ten weeks Approved Industrial Experience.

300655Approved Industrial Experience

Human Nutrition Major

300908Applied Nutrition
300917Global Nutrition, Food and Community

And one elective

Food Science and Technology Major

300904Advanced Food Science and Technology

Choose one of

300883Laboratory Quality Management

Or Education sub-major unit

And one elective

Students seeking to be secondary Food Technology teachers are also able to select a sub-major in Education Studies (SM1100) in preparation for Master of Teaching in the fourth year of study. This program will satisfy the requirements of the NSW Institute of Teachers for first teaching areas of ‘Food Technology’ and ‘Biology’, with further teaching areas possible in ‘chemistry’, ‘physics’, or ‘design and technology’ depending on the electives selected.

SM1100Education Studies

Recommended Sequence

Mid-year Intake

Year 1

Spring session

300816Cell Biology
300811Scientific Literacy
300831Quantitative Thinking
300805Food Science 1

Autumn session

300802Biodiversity
300842Food Science 2
300933Nutrition and Health 1

Choose one of

300800Essential Chemistry 1
300808Introductory Chemistry

Year 2

Spring session

300879Experimental Foods
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Human Nutrition Major

300934Nutrition and Health 2
300818Introduction to Physiology

Food Science and Technology Major

300859Food Safety
300869Postharvest

Autumn session

300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300833Microbiology 1
300922Quality Assurance and Food Analysis

And one elective

Year 3

Spring session

300915Food Product Development

Human Nutrition Major

300908Applied Nutrition
300917Global Nutrition, Food and Community

And one elective

Food Science and Technology major

300904Advanced Food Science and Technology
300883Laboratory Quality Management

Or Education sub-major unit

And one elective

Autumn session

300871Culinary Science

Students must also satisfactorily complete a minimum of 10 weeks Approved Industrial Experience, the time can be accrued throughout the duration of your course. The work experience will be recognised by achieving Satisfactory grade in the final semester core unit 300655 - Approved Industrial Experience.

300655Approved Industrial Experience

Human Nutrition Major

300928Consumer Issues in Nutrition

Food Science and Technology Major

Choose one of

300866Analytical Microbiology
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Or Education Studies sub-major unit

And two electives

Students seeking to be secondary Food Technology teachers are also able to select a Sub-major in Education Studies (SM1100) in preparation for Master of Teaching in the fourth year of study. This program will satisfy the requirements of the NSW Institute of Teachers for first teaching areas of ‘Food Technology’ and ‘Biology’, with further teaching areas possible in ‘chemistry’, ‘physics’, or ‘design and technology’ depending on the electives selected.

SM1100Education Studies

Major and Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points) including the majors and sub-majors listed below.

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above. Some students may need to take one elective as a Level 3 unit.

Majors

M3090Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
M3057Food Science & Technology
M3052General Biology
M3059Human Nutrition
M3099Microbiology
M3089Nutrition and Physiology

Sub-majors

SM3041Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SM1067Education Studies
SM3038Food Technology - Secondary Teaching
SM3049Immunology and Cell Biology
SM3044Microbiology

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above. Some students may need to take one elective as a Level 3 unit.

Search for sub-majors

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Critical Thinking.

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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