Food science and human nutrition

Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) is the study of the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food and its impacts on the human body. It includes natural changes that occur in foods, the concepts underlying food processing, quality management and development, food choices and health impacts. FSHN degrees draw from many disciplines such as biology, chemistry, consumer science, and biochemistry to help you learn about the science of food from production to the consumer. Your study covers a wide range of topics, which prepare you for leading roles as a food and nutrition professional and give you a competitive edge in the job market. FSHN graduates can work in different areas in the food industry, do Honours or higher research degrees in food science.

Career examples

  • Flavourist
  • Food Chemist
  • Food Technologist
  • Research Scientist


  1. Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  2. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  3. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Science

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