Academic Programs - Undergraduate

Nutrition and Dietetics

What, how, and why we eat has a tremendous impact on our wellbeing and the world around us. When you study food, nutrition, and dietetics, you will develop the knowledge and skills for a career in this important field.

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Acadia University’s School of Nutrition and Dietetics is home to innovative and skilled faculty who are experts in food, nutrition, and dietetics. They will help you develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need for a career in this increasingly important field.

You will acquire an understanding of food, including food science and food product development. You will develop an appreciation of current issues in nutrition and dietetics. You will gain solid knowledge in science, social studies, and professional skills that will prepare you to apply your knowledge in your future career. You will take courses in areas such as the following:

  • sustainable food systems and global nutrition
  • sport nutrition and professional practice
  • chemistry and biology
  • communications and statistics
  • food product development
  • nutrition assessment and education

This background will prepare you to work effectively in a variety of settings such as the food industry and entrepreneurship, health care, education, media and communications, and government and policy development.

You may choose from among the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (BSN)
  • BSN (Honours)
  • BSN (Dietetics option)
  • BSN (with second major in Biology)
  • BSN (with second major in Chemistry)
  • BSN (with second major in Psychology)
  • BSN (Consumer food option)
  • BSN (Kinesiology option)

The School of Nutrition and Dietetics is the “go to spot” for students interested in learning about food, nutrition, and health. You will be part of a unified team. Your professors will inspire you to learn and question. They will help you develop into a well-rounded, competent, independent leader in food, nutrition, and health.

The strong curriculum includes innovative approaches to classroom-based, online, and hands-on learning. Our outcomes are recognized locally and nationally. The tight-knit community of faculty, staff, and students support one another. Our faculty have built careers in teaching, scholarly activity, and community service, and have earned our reputation as a leading program in Canada.

First Year at a Glance

First semester

  • BIOL 1813
    Human Biology 1
  • CHEM 1013 and 1010L
    General Chemistry 1, with Lab
  • NUTR 1313
    Human Nutrition 1
  • NUTR 1333 and 1330L
    Food 1, with Lab
  • PSYC 1013
    Intro Psychology 1

Second semester

  • CHEM 1023 and 1020L
    General Chemistry 2, with Lab
  • NUTR 1323
    Human Nutrition 2
  • NUTR 1343 and 1340L
    Food 2, with Lab
  • PSYC 1023
    Intro Psychology 2
  • ELECTIVE xxx3
    English (or other language) elective

Future Careers

  • Dietitian in hospital, long-term care, or community clinic
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Educator (from elementary to university levels)
  • Food and agriculture entrepreneur
  • Food product developer or marketer
  • Food service manager or administrator
  • Food and nutrition writer/journalist
  • Health and nutrition educator
  • Medical doctor or dentist
  • Researcher
  • Food and nutrition policy planner or analyst
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Sensory scientist
  • Sport nutritionist

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