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Grains in baskets

Nutrition and Food Science

Bachelor Degree

B-NUTR

Course
Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
3 years full-time
Credit
600
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Learn about the science of nutrition and how to promote healthy diet behaviours to improve the nutritional status of populations.

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Work experience

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

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Learn about the science of nutrition and how to promote healthy diet behaviours to improve the nutritional status of populations.

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

The Nutrition stream develops your understanding of the associations between diet and health outcomes. You will explore the social and cultural influences that impact dietary decisions within populations, and conduct a nutrition research project.

In the Food Science 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 will also undertake multiple field trips throughout the course and a work placement with an external organisation.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview 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.
  • This science-based course provides you with high-level communication and teamwork skills.
  • This course is the only undergraduate course in Western Australia offering a stream in food science. 
  • Course outcomes from the Nutrition stream meet entry requirements for Curtin’s Master of Dietetics course.

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

  • Dietician
  • Food scientist
  • Food technologist
  • Home economist
  • Nutritionist

Industries

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

Further study

  • Public Health Honours Major (BSc Health Hons)
  • Graduate Certificate in Food Science and Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion
  • Master of Dietetics
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science (Food Science and Technology)

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 completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Applications ATAR
  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. You must also satisfy the course prerequisites

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

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

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.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Applications ATAR
  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. You must also satisfy the course prerequisites

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.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • Completed the prerequisite.

    The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

    • Chemistry ATAR; or
    • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry with a grade of 60% or higher; or 
    • CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with a grade of 70% or higher.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Applications ATAR
  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. You must also satisfy the course prerequisites

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 includes 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 also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: 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; and
  • Met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Students on conditional status must provide a personal statement.

The Chemistry 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.

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

Although first and second year are available for study on a part-time basis, second and third year units cannot be undertaken before the completion of first and second years respectively.

Compulsory field trips are conducted throughout the course.

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,530*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

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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: December 11, 2019