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Undergraduate major in Food Science and Nutrition

Programme information


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BSc in Food Science and Nutrition is a single major which offers two distinct pathways; Food Science, and Nutrition, and a limited opportunity to mix the two.

Students should follow the suggested pathways, particularly at Stage 1, to meet prerequisites for future courses. This applies particularly to students following the Nutrition pathway with the intention of entering Dietetics training and students who fail to do so may find access to stage 2 and 3 course delayed.  Extra Food Science skills can be added through their choice at Stage 3. Similarly Food Science students can consider adding extra nutrition skills. 

The topics covered in the Food Science pathway underpin all aspects of manufacturing, processing and production in food-related industries. You will learn about food components, their properties and how they interact in food products, functional foods, emerging technologies and their benefits, food safety and food preservation and product development, from benchtop to market. Internships are also available for selected students in the Food Science pathway.

The Nutrition pathway has a focus on human nutrition, the maintenance of good health and the well-being of populations. This requires consideration of the environmental, social, economic and cultural determinants of eating behaviours and how they impact on health.

Please note, the recommended pathways as outlined in the planner are aligned with the skills and competencies we know employers prefer, and you must meet the full requirements of the regulations to graduate.

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Structure


Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Food Science and Nutrition major

The Food Science and Nutrition pathways are designed to ensure that graduates meet the core skills for employment in their chosen areas. Students may change between pathways, but must meet the full requirements for the programme to graduate. 

Plan your degree wiht our Food Science and Nutrition planner

Please direct any enquiries to scifac@auckland.ac.nz.


Food Science pathway

Year Semester  Courses
1 1 BIOSCI 101, 107, CHEM 110, MATHS 110 or ENGSCI 111
2 BIOSCI 106, General Education course, 30 points from List A
2 1 BIOSCI 204, CHEMMAT 211, STATS 101 or 108, Elective (Stage II or III course from the BSc Schedule)
2 BIOSCI 203, FOODSCI 201, CHEM 230, General Education course
3 1 FOODSCI 301, CHEMAT 756, FOODSCI 303, 15 points from List B or List C
2 BIOSCI 348, FOODSCI 302, 15 points from List B or List C, Elective (Stage II or III course from the BSc Schedule)
Table A Table B Table C
  • CHEM 120
  • HLTHPSYCH 122
  • MEDSCI 142
  • PHYSICS 160
  • POPLHLTH 101
  • POPLHLTH 102
  • POPLHLTH 111
  • BIOSCI 358
  • FOODSCI 304
  • BIOSCI 201
  • BIOSCI 358
  • CHEM 240
  • FOODSCI 304
  • SCIGEN 201
  • EXERSCI 206
  • All courses are 15 points each. Please note that enrolment in courses is competitive and all course have different GPA requirements.
  • Students wishing to take FOODSCI 304 will need to take FOODSCI 301 and 303.
  • Third year students need to have at least five Stage III courses.

Please direct any enquiries to scifac@auckland.ac.nz.


Nutrition pathway

Year Semester Courses
1 BIOSCI 101, 107, CHEM 110, POPLHLTH 111
BIOSCI 106, General Education course, MEDSCI 142, 15 points from List A
2 MEDSCI 203, 205, BIOSCI 204POPLHLTH 206
BIOSCI 202, 203, FOODSCI 201, STATS 101 or 108
3 MEDSCI 315, General Education, 30 points from List B or List C
BIOSCI 358, POPHLTH 305, 30 points from List B or List C
List A List B List C
  • CHEM 120
  • MATHS 108/ENGSCI 111
  • HLTHPSYCH 122
  • PHYSICS 160
  • POPLHLTH 101
  • POPLHLTH 102
  • MEDSCI 301
  • MEDSCI 312
  • FOODSCI 301
  • FOODSCI 303
  • BIOSCI 201
  • CHEM 240
  • FOODSCI 301-304
  • MEDSCI 301
  • POPLHLTH 202
  • POPLHLTH 301
  • SCIGEN 201
  • EXERSCI 206
  • All courses are 15 points each. Please note that enrolment in courses is competitive and all course have different GPA requirements.
  • Students following the nutrition pathway take POPLHLTH 111 and MEDSCI 142. Students who later decide to change to the Food Science pathway will need to complete ENGSCI 111 or MATHS 110.  
  • Third year students need to have at least five Stage III courses.
  • Student planning to enrol in Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics must take MEDSCI 301 and 312.
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Career opportunities


Food Scientists may find work in the food industry, research institutes and government departments, in areas such as research, food and ingredient manufacturing, food safety, food analysis, sensory evaluation, product development and waste management.

Nutrition graduates may find work in private practices, the food industry, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and government departments, in areas such as research, nutritional consulting, nutrition information services, health promotion, health programme planning and health policy. Registration as a nutritionist or a dietitian can be available after specialised training and work experience.

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Further study options


Food Science pathway

Nutrition pathway

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Help and advice


Staff at the Science Student Centre, located in room G20 on the Ground Floor of Building 301 (Science Centre, 23 Symonds Street), can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisors.

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Opening hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Web: www.food.auckland.ac.nz

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Further information


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