Nutritional Science

Nutritional Sciences represents an exciting and challenging area of study of a truly interdisciplinary nature. Understanding of the impact of nutrition on health and its role in disease is based upon a knowledge of the metabolic processes involved (nutrient requirements and utilization), of the chemistry of foods (food preservation, food production) and of social and behavioural factors integrated in consideration of the national and international goals of achieving optimal health through proper nutrition.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Life Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
  • Senior high school credits in Biology and Chemistry are required for first-year courses
  • Senior high school Physics is recommended preparation
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Honours Bachelor of Science Program

  • Nutritional Sciences (major)


First-Year Courses

The Department of Nutritional Sciences does not offer any courses at the first-year level.


Advice for First Year

Students who are interested in studying nutritional sciences should take first-year biology: BIO 120H – Adaptation and Biodiversity and BIO 130H – Molecular and Cell Biology, and first-year chemistry: CHM 135H1 – Chemistry: Physical Principles and  CHM 136H1 – Introductory Organic Chemistry I (two half-courses) or CHM 151Y1 – Chemistry: The Molecular Science. Our introductory course (NFS 284H1 – Basic Human Nutrition) does not have any first year prerequisites and is offered every term (fall, winter, summer).



Careers in basic or clinical nutrition research, teaching, health promotion, nutrition counselling or community nutrition require a more advanced degree (MSc, PhD or MHSc).   Nutrition is also a good basis for a further professional degree in medicine or dentistry.  

Please note,  although dietetics is also a popular career following many BSc programs in nutrition, the nutritional sciences program at U of T is not structured to provide this option.


Direct career options include:
Blood bank technologist Nursing assistant
Chef Medical laboratory technologist
Health administrator Personal trainer
Health policy planner Public health nurse
Home economist Social worker


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First Year