Overview

Intimate class sizes, experienced professors, and real world application meet in the Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition at the University of Prince Edward Island.

This accredited program prepares students for their future, opening doors to careers as sports nutritionists, registered dietitians, food scientists, product developers, policy makers, and countless other paths.

Get hands-on experience in your field to set you apart from the pack through honours options, case studies, internships, and research opportunities.

Sixty to eighty percent of third-year applicants are accepted into our accredited internship program, which sees students placed in a variety of positions in industry, public health, and health care institutions.

Many of our students are awarded summer placements with department professors, engaging in cutting-edge research in areas such as chronic disease prevention, food product development, childhood nutrition, and food security.

Cross-disciplinary opportunities are also offered through collaboration with Kinesiology and Family Science faculty.

Course Structure
Honours

 

The Honours program in Foods and Nutrition is designed to provide research experience at the undergraduate level within the BSc Program. It is available to students with a strong academic background who intend to continue studies at the post graduate level in Foods and Nutrition or related field, or to students who intend to pursue a career where research experience would be an asset.

The Honours program differs from the major in requiring a two-semester research course with thesis report for a total of 126 semester hours for the degree. The research component is to be completed within the BSc program and may require one summer (four months) preceding the graduating year. Evaluation of the research data and writing of the thesis would normally be done during the fall and/or spring session in Foods and Nutrition 4900 - Advanced Research and Thesis. The following are the course requirements for the Honours program in Foods and Nutrition.

First Year

  • Foods and Nutrition 1010 - Concepts and Controversies in Nutrition
  • Foods and Nutrition 1110 - Introductory Foods
  • Chemistry 1110-1120 General Chemistry I and II
  • Math 1110 OR 1120 Finite Mathematics OR Calculus for the Managerial, Social and Life Sciences
  • Biology 1220 - Human Physiology
  • Biology 1310 - Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • One of UPEI 1010, 1020 or 1030
  • Two 3 semester hours Social Science

Second Year

  • Foods and Nutrition 2110-2120 - Introductory Nutrition I and II
  • Foods and Nutrition 2230 - Determinants of Dietary Behaviour
  • Foods and Nutrition 2610 - Communications
  • Chemistry 2430 - Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Biology 2060 - Microbiology
  • Statistics 1210 - Introductory Statistics
  • Business 1710 - Organizational Behaviour
  • Two free electives

Third Year

  • Foods and Nutrition - 3020 Advanced Foods
  • Foods and Nutrition - 3310 Introduction in Research Methods
  • Foods and Nutrition - 3510 Nutritional Assessment
  • Foods and Nutrition - 3520 Clinical Nutrition I
  • Foods and Nutrition - 3820 Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Chemistry 3530 - Biochemistry
  • Four free electives

Fourth Year

  • Foods and Nutrition - 4120 Human Metabolism
  • Foods and Nutrition - 4340 Community Nutrition
  • Foods and Nutrition - 4900 Advanced Research and Thesis
  • One Foods and Nutrition electives at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • Five free electives

NOTE: Honours students are advised to take an advanced statistics course and consult with their advisor for assistance in choosing electives that will support their research projects.

Entrance Requirements

For admission to the Honours program, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all Foods and Nutrition courses combined and a CGPA of 2.7 in all previous courses. Permission of the Department is also required and is contingent on the student finding an advisor and on acceptance of the research project by the Department of Applied Human Sciences. Students interested in completing an honours should consult with the Department Chair as early as possible and not later than March 31st of the student’s third year.

To graduate with Honours in Foods and Nutrition, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all Foods and Nutrition courses combined and a CGPA of 2.7.

 

Major

 

Students following this degree program must complete 42 semester hours of required courses in Foods and Nutrition.

Required courses

Foods and Nutrition

  • 1010 Concepts and Controversies in Nutrition
  • 1110 Introductory Foods
  • 2110 Introductory Nutrition I
  • 2120 Introductory Nutrition II
  • 2230 Determinants of Dietary Behaviour
  • 2610 Communications
  • 3020 Advanced Foods
  • 3310 Introduction to Research Methods
  • 3510 Nutritional Assessment
  • 3520 Clinical Nutrition I
  • 3820 Program Planning & Evaluation
  • 4120 Human Metabolism
  • 4340 Community Nutrition
  • One Foods and Nutrition elective at the 3000 or 4000 level

Mathematics

  • 1110 Finite Mathematics or 1120 Calculus for the Managerial, Social and Life Sciences

Statistics

  • 1210 Introductory Statistics

Chemistry

  • 1110 General Chemistry I
  • 1120 General Chemistry II
  • 2430 Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • 3530 Biochemistry

Biology

  • 1220 Human Physiology
  • 1310 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • 2060 Microbiology 

Business

  • 1710 Organizational Behaviour

Social Sciences

  • Two 3 semester hour courses

UPEI courses and Writing Intensive Course

  • One of:
    • UPEI 1010 – Writing Studies – Engaging Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication,
    • UPEI 1020 – Inquiry Studies – Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts, OR
    • UPEI 1030 – University Studies - Engaging University Contexts and Experience
    • AND One writing intensive course

Course sequence 

Following is the usual sequence for completion of courses:

First Year

  • Foods and Nutrition 1010 Concepts and controversies in Nutrition
  • Foods and Nutrition 1110 Introductory Foods
  • Biology 1220 Human Physiology
  • Biology 1310 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry 1110  General Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 1120  General Chemistry II
  • One of UPEI 1010, 1020 or 1030
  • Math 1110 Finite Mathematics OR Math 1120 Calculus for the Managerial, Social and Life Sciences
  • Two 3 semester hours Social Science

Second Year

  • Foods and Nutrition 2110 Introductory Nutrition I
  • Foods and Nutrition 2120 Introductory Nutrition II
  • Foods and Nutrition 2230 Determinants of Dietary Behaviour
  • Foods and Nutrition 2610 Communications
  • Biology 2060 Microbiology 
  • Chemistry 2430 Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Statistics 1210 (formerly STAT 2210) Introductory Statistics
  • Business 1710 Organizational Behaviour
  • Two free electives

Third Year

  • Foods and Nutrition 3020 Advanced Foods
  • Foods and Nutrition 3310 Introduction to Research Methods
  • Foods and Nutrition 3510 Nutritional Assessment
  • Foods and Nutrition 3520 Clinical Nutrition I
  • Foods and Nutrition 3820 Program Planning & Evaluation
  • Chemistry 3530  Biochemistry
  • Four free electives

Fourth Year

  • Foods and Nutrition 4120 Human Metabolism
  • Foods and Nutrition 4340 Community Nutrition
  • One Foods and Nutrition electives at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • Seven free electives

 

Minor

 

Students in the Minor Program in Foods and Nutrition must complete a total of 21 semester hours of credit in Foods and Nutrition.

These consist of 12 semester hours of required core courses as follows:

  • Foods and Nutrition 1010 Concepts and Controversies in Nutrition
  • Foods and Nutrition 1110 Introductory Foods
  • Foods and Nutrition 2110 Introductory Nutrition I
  • Foods and Nutrition 2120 Introductory Nutrition II

Nine additional hours of electives must be chosen at the 2000, 3000, or 4000 level.

Students intending to do a Minor in Foods and Nutrition are advised to consult with the Chair of the Department of Applied Human Sciences to ensure that they have the required course prerequisites.

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Admissions Criteria
What's required for science admission?

High School Graduates

Canadian High School Equivalency Chart

  • Grade 12 Academic English
  • Grade 12 Academic Mathematics
  • Two Grade 12 Academic Science subjects (acceptable subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Oceanography, Animal Science, Environmental Science)
  • One additional Grade 12 Academic course

Some introductory Science courses at UPEI have high school prerequisites (Biology 1310 - at least academic grade 11 Biology; Chemistry 1110 - at least academic grade 12 Chemistry)

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

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Fees and Funding
Faculty of Science Programs Tuition

UPEI's undergraduate tuition is the second-lowest in the Atlantic region, and we offer more than $5 million in scholarships and awards. 

Tuition

$6,270 per year, based on 30 credit hours ($627 per 3 credit course).
International students pay $7,320 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Science, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

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Including Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships and Academic Excellence Awards, these awards recognize the academic achievements of all students who meet the eligibility criteria while studying towards their first undergraduate degree.

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