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Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition

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Many countries have alarming rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. New healthy, enticing and tasty products are needed to help with these emerging health threats and graduates of this program are in the best position to make a difference.

The Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition is offered at the Ourimbah campus. The degree provides a strong background in the principles underlying the sciences of food technology and human nutrition. This includes the basic sciences, the chemistry and biology of nutrients and the attributes of food, including food commodities and functional foods.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to your new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


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An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.


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Professional placements in approved industries, local government bodies, community health, research centres, laboratory studies, workshops and food industry visits.


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Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) and/or the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Graduates will be able to register as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr), a Register of Nutritionists established by the NSA. Graduates will also be eligible for associate membership of the Dietetics Association of Australia (DAA).


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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/about-the-centre/learning-development/

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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Please see Further Information above for your Program Enrolment Checklist, "Are you on track?" form.

The program is undertaken over three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and requires students to pass courses totaling 240 units.

The degree offers a single major that combines study of Food Science and Human Nutrition. In order to qualify for the award, these 240 units must comprise:

  • Core courses (140 units at 1000, 2000 and 3000 level),
  • Directed courses (60 units, with 20 units of Group A Directed HUBS courses, and 20 units of Group B Directed courses at 1000 level and 20 units of Group C Directed courses at 3000 level), and
  • Electives (40 units). A maximum of 40 units of Electives can be chosen from any non-restricted courses offered by the University.

In addition, the program must also include:

  • No more than 100 units at 1000 level, and
  • At least 60 units at 3000 level.

Students who have successfully completed 2U/3U Maths at HSC may elect any course in place of a MATH course at 1000 level; consult your Program Convenor.

Students can complete a specialisation in Food Technology or Human Nutrition through the appropriate choice of directed and elective courses. Students are advised to review the relevant pathways documents for further information.


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The program was revised in 2013, and a revision was implemented for 2014. Students who commenced prior to 2014 can elect to transition to the revised 2014 program structure, whereby students are required to take either HUBS course pairing (HUBS1401/HUBS1416 or HUBS1403/HUBS1404) as directed Group A courses in their program. Students who choose to transition to the revised 2014 structure must advise the relevant Program Officer in writing. Continuing students who successfully completed either HUBS1401 and HUBS1416 or HUBS1403 and HUBS1404 prior to 2014 will be permitted to count these courses as Directed Group A Courses upon transition to the revised 2014 structure.

Students who commenced prior to Semester 1, 2011:

All current students will be provided with transition arrangements to allow completion of their current program or else may choose to transfer into the revised the Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition from 2011. The courses that have been successfully completed so far will all count towards your degree as long as they met the requirements of the program when you took them. If you are concerned that your studies will not meet the requirements of the revised program, please speak with your Program Officer or your Program Convenor for further advice.


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Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.40 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
CHEM1110Chemistry for the Life Sciences ISemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
CHEM1120Chemistry for the Life Sciences IISemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN1010Foods and Nutrients ISemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN1020Foods and Nutrients IISemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
BIOL2011Fundamentals of Biology & BiochemistrySemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN2020MacronutrientsSemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN2030MicronutrientsSemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN2040Animal Food ProductsSemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN2050Plant Food ProductsSemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN2100Microbiology, Food Safety and ImmunologySemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN3020Nutrition in Health and DiseaseSemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN3070Functional Foods and Health ClaimsSemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN3210Food Product DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN3230Food AnalysisSemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
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Choose 20 units from 1000 level Group A Directed Courses.
HUBS1401Human Bioscience

Students must select either HUBS1401 AND HUBS1416, or HUBS1403 AND HUBS 1404

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1403Biomedical Science Part 1

Students must select either HUBS1401 AND HUBS1416, or HUBS1403 AND HUBS 1404

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1404Biomedical Science Part 2

Students must select either HUBS1401 AND HUBS1416, or HUBS1403 AND HUBS 1404

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1416Advanced Human Bioscience

Students must select either HUBS1401 AND HUBS1416, or HUBS1403 AND HUBS 1404

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
Choose 20 units from 1000 level Group B Directed Courses.
MATH1001Preparatory Studies in Mathematics

Students may choose either MATH1001 or MATH1110, but not both.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1

Students may choose either MATH1001 or MATH1110, but not both. Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1150Everyday PhysicsSemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Choose 20 units from 3000 level Group C Directed Courses.
FSHN3010Food Processing and Quality ManagementSemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN3060The Biology of Nutrients Through the Human LifecycleSemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN3080Professional PracticeSemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN3100Research MethodsSemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN3420Food PackagingSemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units