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    Faculty

    • Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

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    Degree

    • Bachelor of Science (Human Nutritional Sciences)

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    Expected duration

    • 4 years

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    Program options

    • Nutrition
    • Foods
    • Food Industry

Program details

Expected duration: 4 years

Students are required to complete a total of 120 credit hours of degree core, restricted elective and free elective study.

The Bachelor of Science (Human Nutritional Sciences) is a four-year program with three program options available:

  • Nutrition Option: Learn about the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention. Optional to build in dietetics preparation courses to apply for dietetic practicums and become a Registered Dietitian.
  • Foods Option: Learn how to develop food products that promote health and increase the competitiveness of the food production, processing and marketing industries.
  • Food Industry Option: Explore the ways health and nutrition impact the food industry by concentrating your studies on quality assurance, food product development or food industry management.

Dietetic practicum

Students taking the nutrition option have the opportunity to complete pre-professional requirements to apply for dietetic internships, medicine, law and dentistry. Students completing courses for dietetic preparation can meet the educational requirements to qualify for dietetic internship and membership with the College of Dietitians of Manitoba or dietetic colleges in Canadian provinces.

Entry into a dietetic internship is competitive. It is strongly recommended that students seek advice from the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences on preparing an application to a dietetic practicum program.

Second-degree option

The Human Nutritional Sciences program offers a second-degree option for students that have successfully completed a degree in another discipline.

This option consists of 60 credit hours to obtain the BSc in Human Nutritional Sciences. Students may choose to concentrate on Foods, Human Nutrition or Dietetics.

The Second Degree, dietetics concentration along with some additional supporting courses, meets PDEP (Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice) accreditation standards for those interested in applying for dietetic practicums to become a Registered Dietitian.

Cooperative education program

Human Nutritional Science students have the option to earn credits through the Cooperative Education Program, connecting classroom learning with valuable work experience.

Available minors

See below for a list of available minors in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, as well as link to all available minors offered through the University of Manitoba:

Sample course offerings

Sample course offerings:

  • HNSC 2160: Principles of Food Preparation and Preservation (3 credit hours)
  • HNSC 1200: Food: Facts and Fallacies (3 credit hours)
  • HNSC 4350: Nutrition in Exercise and Sport (3 credit hours)
  • HNSC 3300: Vitamins and Minerals in Human Health (3 credit hours)
  • HNSC 4300: Community Nutrition Intervention (3 credit hours)
  • HNSC 3350: Culture and Food Patterns (3 credit hours)
  • AGRI 1600: Introduction to Agrifood Systems (3 credit hours)
  • MKT 2210: Fundamentals of Marketing (3 credit hours)
  • HNSC 4280: Food Product Development (3 credit hours)
  • HNSC 4340: Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • HNSC 3400: Nutrition Assessment and Counselling (3 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Course outlines are available to view on this page.

See the full Human Nutritional Science program progression plans on our Degree advising page under "Degree requirements."

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Human Nutritional Sciences (BSc) program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Direct entry: applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college. Direct entry applicants require the following:

  • Manitoba high school graduation including 5 full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated S, G, or U
  • A minimum average of 70% over the following courses, with no less than 60% in each course:
    • English 40S
    • Applied Mathematics 40S or Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S
    • Two academic 40S courses

Advanced entry: Advanced entry is for applicants who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.

How to apply

Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120

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