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BSc Nutrition and Food Science, Nutrition Major

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Note: The last admission to the Nutrition Major will take place in Fall 2015. Students interested in Dietetics will apply to the Dietetics Specialization for Fall 2016. Students enrolled in the Nutrition Major will be allowed to finish their program no later than the 2019-2020 academic year.

The goal of the Nutrition Major is to provide students with a specialized academic program in nutritional science and the related physical, health and social sciences. It incorporates experiential learning into coursework to enable students to develop skills in nutritional science.

The Nutrition major prepares students for careers in general health sciences, dietetics, health promotion, education, private practice, government and health protection agencies, research and nutrition development. Appropriate selection of Free Electives  (★6 Physics) will provide the required courses for application to Medicine.

The Nutrition major, with appropriate Approved Program Electives , is accredited by the College of Dietitians of Alberta (see Integrated Dietetic Internship). Students registered in this major can meet the academic competencies to be eligible for either the Integrated Dietetic Internship or post-degree internships.

Students will be assessed annually to ensure that they maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in the previous Fall/Winter.

Integrated Dietetic Internship:

Eligible students may apply for the Integrated Dietetic Internship once course requirements are met. See Note 1. In this internship, academic terms alternate with internship terms in cooperation with health care facilities throughout Alberta; the degree plus internship can be completed in approximately five years and then the student is eligible for registration with the College of Dietitians of Alberta and membership in Dietitians of Canada. Students admitted to the U of A Integrated Dietetic Internship are required to maintain undergraduate registration and complete NUTR 466, NUTR 469 , NUTR 470 , NUTR 471  and NUTR 472  prior to convocation.

Students who wish to become Registered Dietitians must complete the Nutrition major, the specific additional undergraduate course requirements noted below and a dietetic internship (see Notes). These additional ★15 may be taken as Approved Program Electives  or Free Electives  in the Nutrition major.


  1. Students planning to apply for the University of Alberta Integrated Dietetic Internship must have successfully completed NUTR 468  and have successfully completed or be registered in NU FS 377  and NU FS 461  for the upcoming academic year.
  2. Students must have completed NU FS 468 or NUTR 468  prior to registering in INT D 410.

Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all students going to any clinical placement in Alberta are required to complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. Clinical agencies/practice sites may require additional background checks, such as a Child Intervention Record Check. Students will be advised if a clinical agency/practice site requires any additional background checks.

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