Study in food sciences and/or dietetics to gain in-depth knowledge of food production and consumption and their effects on health. Contribute to people's health and well-being as soon as you graduate!

Our programs

The foods we eat are essential to maintaining the health of individuals and populations. Students will have a thorough understanding of the science behind the development, production, marketing and consumption of a wide variety of foods, as well as their metabolism, effects on health, and importance in disease prevention and management.

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Honours Bachelor of Science in Food Sciences

This program for prospective food scientists focuses on the chemistry, microbiology and physical properties of food.

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Honours Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

This accredited program for the next generation of dietitians — health professionals specializing in food and nutrition — integrates practicum placements and focuses on knowledge and skills specific to dietetics.

Key differences

Food Sciences

Nutrition and Dietetics

This program aims to educate future food and nutrition scientists with a greater emphasis on the impact of food on health.This program aims to educate future dietitians, who are health professionals with expertise in food and nutrition, and prepares students for admission to a provincial dietetic regulatory body.

Career options

  • Food product development manager
  • Food and nutrition sciences researcher
  • Food inspector
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Food safety technologist

Career options

  • Dietitian
  • Dietetics and nutrition researcher
  • Public health dietitian
  • Governmental health promotion specialist
  • Food service manager

Graduate studies

  • Nutrition and food biosciences
  • Food chemistry, food microbiology
  • Food policy and regulatory affairs
  • Health sciences

Graduate studies

  • Nutrition
  • Medicine, pharmaceuticals
  • Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology
  • Epidemiology, health sciences, education
Offered in French and English (French immersion option available).Offered in French to bilingual students (English and French competence is required for mandatory courses, including practicum placements).

Students may choose to specialize in food and nutrition sciences by enrolling in the BFNSc program or in dietetics by enrolling in the BFNSc - Dietetics program in their first year of study. Since both programs offer a common curriculum during the first year of study, it is also possible to change programs after this first year. 

Both the BFNSc base program and the BFNSc - Dietetics programs offer multiple opportunities to actively participate in experiential learning activities integrated into the curriculum. A number of optional courses on cutting-edge topics in food science and nutrition are offered. Our programs are taught by dynamic professors actively involved in food and nutrition research.

Contact us

School of Nutrition Sciences

200 Lees Avenue (FHS), room 362
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Tel: 613-562-5800, ext. 1596
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