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Many countries have alarming rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. A healthy diet and new food products are needed to address these emerging health threats, and graduates of this program are in a good 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. The Bachelor of Business is one of the most popular and dynamic degrees offered by the Faculty of Business and Law. The program has a practical orientation, with students learning from case studies of real business situations.
The food industry and opportunities for nutrition focused students in the commercial sector are significant. With this in mind, a combined Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition/Bachelor of Business (BFSHN/BBus) program allows students to undertake and match business skills with their interest in food and nutritional sciences, a synergy that will maximise graduate employability.
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|Recommended studies||HSC Chemistry or equivalent and HSC Biology or equivalent|
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
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 the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 320 units, comprised of the following:
- 210 units of Core courses
- 60-70 unit major from the Bachelor of Business (see note 4)
- 20 units of Group A Directed Food Science and Human Nutrition courses
- 20 units of Group C Directed Food Science and Human Nutrition courses
- 10 units of Electives only for those students completing a Marketing major or a Leadership and Management major
1) Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.
2) Students are not required to complete the 10 unit Group B Directed course from the Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, as the content is provided through the completion of core Bachelor of Business courses.
3) Students who wish to exit the combined pogram and qualify for one award only will need to ensure that they meet the requirements of the single program by checking the appropriate single program handbook and contacting their Academic Program Advisor at: email@example.com
4) Each major in the Bachelor of Business is comprised of a total of 80 units and includes between 10-20 units of core courses. Business majors can be found on the Bachelor of Business Program Handbook. International students must complete one of the Business majors available at Ourimbah.
Business majors available at Ourimbah and the Newcastle City Precinct
Human Resource Management
Leadership and Management
Business majors available at the Newcastle City Precinct only
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Politics and International Relations
Tourism and Event Management
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2018-2020 Semester 1 Program Plan 245.7 KB
- 2018-2020 Semester 2 Program Plan 204.2 KB
- 2021 Semester 1 Program Plan 266.1 KB
- 2021 Semester 2 Program Plan 236.0 KB
From 2021 there are changes to the Bachelor of Business program. For students who commenced the Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition/Bachelor of Business program prior to 2021, please refer to the Bachelor of Business Program Handbook for more information.
From 2021 FSHN3080 (10 units) has been replaced by FSHN3090 (20 units). Students who completed FSHN3080 can still count it towards their program as a 10 unit Group C directed course.
From 2020 there are changes to the program structure. For students who commenced the program prior to 2020, please refer to the 2020 B Food Science/B Business Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents section for more information.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|ACFI1001||Accounting for Decision Makers||10 units|
|ACFI1003||Introduction to Finance||10 units|
|CHEM1110||Chemistry for the Life Sciences I||10 units|
|CHEM1120||Chemistry for the Life Sciences II||10 units|
|ECON1001||Microeconomics for Business Decisions||10 units|
|FSHN1010||Introduction to Food Science and Technology||10 units|
|FSHN1020||Introduction to Nutrition Science and Applications||10 units|
|LEGL1001||Foundations of Law||10 units|
|MKTG1001||Foundations of Marketing||10 units|
|MNGT1001||Introduction to Management||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|BIOL2011||Fundamentals of Biology and Biochemistry||10 units|
|FSHN2010||Essential Nutrients||10 units|
|FSHN2040||Animal Food Products||10 units|
|FSHN2050||Plant Food Products||10 units|
|FSHN2060||Food Marketing and Consumer Behaviour||10 units|
|FSHN2100||Microbiology, Food Safety and Immunology||10 units|
|FSHN3020||Nutrition in Health and Disease||10 units|
|FSHN3070||Functional Foods and Health Claims||10 units|
|FSHN3210||Food Product Development||10 units|
|FSHN3230||Food Analysis||10 units|
Group A Directed Courses
Group C Directed Courses
Complete 20 units from the following directed courses. Please note that FSHN3090 is a 20 unit course.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|FSHN3010||Food Processing and Quality Management||10 units|
|FSHN3060||Nutrition for the life cycle||10 units|
|FSHN3090||Professional Practice||20 units|
|FSHN3100||Research Methods||10 units|
|FSHN3420||Food Packaging||Not currently offered||10 units|
|HUBS3280||Nutritional Biochemistry||Not currently offered||10 units|
An Honours year is available, for both Business and Food Science and Human Nutrition, to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
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.
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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.
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