Bachelor of Food & Nutrition Science (B.Food&NS)
Bachelor of Food & Nutrition Science (B.Food&NS) offers a mix of theoretical plus hands on practical science with secure employment prospects in Food and Nutrition Sciences.
The program provides students with the skills to identify and develop the next nutritional trends, processing innovations and advanced packaging in a sustainable way.
- What to Expect from this Degree
The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science (BFNS) degree provides students with skills and knowledge in food science and human nutrition. Students will learn how to design, formulate, produce and package everyday and specialty foods with specific functional and nutritional properties. They will learn the importance of developing a sustainable, nutritious and healthy food supply and complete a placement in the food industry or a nutrition/health related organisation. A pre-dietetics pathway is included in the program.
- Career Opportunities
Career opportunities range from a wide range of positions in food industry, government and non-government organisations, including quality control and auditing, nutritional advice and support, new product development, marketing and labelling, research in both food science and nutrition areas and public health nutrition. Some of the many opportunities are listed below.
Food Science Career Opportunities include:
- Food technologist, technical officer or manager
- Laboratory assistant or manager
- Marketing manager, Product development assistant
- Quality Assurance Officer, supervisor or manager
- Food Scientist/Researcher
- Research Student (Honours and PhD)
- Post-graduate study (for example, Master of Food Science/Technology; Master of Global Food & Agricultural Business; Master of Environmental Management, Master of Education)
Opportunities for these careers exist in individual food industries and food companies; universities (eg FOODplus Research Centre); government and non-government organisations such as CSIRO, National Heart Foundation, South Australia Research Development Institute (SARDI) etc.
Nutrition, Food & Health Career Opportunities exist in:
- Food Industry
– providing nutrition & health support and advice in regard to product development and reformulation, marketing and labelling claims and the development of education and promotional resource materials (eg Dairy Australia, Woolworths Fresh Kids site)
- Government & non-government organisations
– as a researcher, advisor or technical assistant/manager in the area of food, nutrition & health within organisations such as universities, hospitals, CSIRO, National Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia and Foundations such as the Cancer Foundation, Osteoporosis Australia and other public health organisations etc
- Research Student (Honours and PhD)
- Post-graduate study (for example, Master of Dietetics degrees)
Graduates of the BFNS are eligible to be recognised by the following organisations:
- Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST)
Graduates can apply for graduate membership of the AIFST
- The Nutrition Society of Australia
Initially, graduates can apply for registration as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr).
After three years of relevant experience, graduates may apply for registration as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with this organisation.
- Pathways to becoming an Accredited Dietitian in Australia
The BFNS offers a pre-dietetics pathway for those students interested in becoming an accredited dietitian. Interested students must choose the pre-dietetics ‘elective pathway’ as outlined and discussed on pages 5, 31 and 32 of this document.
Prospective students of the Bachelor of Food & Nutrition Science program considering dietetics as a career, are strongly advised to complete Year 12 Chemistry and Maths to provide the best chance of achieving the high grade point average (GPA) for entry to post-graduate Master of Dietetics programs.
This ‘elective pathway’ should meet the course pre-requisites for MOST, but not all Master of Dietetics programs in Australia.
In addition to choosing the correct pathway, a grade point average (GPA) of 5 out of 7, or greater on completion of your BFNS, is required by these Master programs.
Students need to be aware that different Universities have slightly different pre-requisite requirements for their Masters programs, and these requirements change from time to time. So students are strongly recommended to contact the relevant Master Program Coordinators to register interest, and check their current/proposed study plan against the particular Master program’s pre-requisites.
The Dietetics Association of Australia has information about dietetic qualifications in Australia and which Australian Universities offer accredited dietetic programs: http://daa.asn.au/universities-recognition/dietetics-in-australia/
- Differences between a Nutritionist and Dietitian
In Australia there is a distinction made between dietitians and other occupations in the nutrition and food science field, including that of nutritionist.
The key difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is that, in addition to or as part of their qualification in human nutrition, a dietitian has undertaken a course of study that included substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.
Therefore, in Australia, all dietitians are considered to be nutritionists however, nutritionists without a dietetics qualification cannot take on the specialised role of a dietitian. There is no industry specific assessing authority that assesses the qualifications of nutritionists who are not dietitians.
DAA is unable to provide advice regarding tertiary training, assessment of qualifications or employment opportunities to nutritionists who are not dietitians.
- Graduate Access Program (GAP)
The Graduate Access Program (GAP) is a unique program which could assisting companies access the skills and expertise of a current university or TAFE graduate. The graduates are targeted and matched to food companies, providing the opportunity to add technical, marketing or commercial expertise at an affordable cost. GAP also helps introduce graduates to the South Australian food industry, increasing awareness of it as a career of choice.