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Faculty of Community Services

Nutrition and Food (BASc)

Program at a glance

Program format: Full-time, Four-year

Start date: September entry  

Degree earned: Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)

Tuition fees range: Tuition fee details

Professional accreditation: This dietetic education program is an accredited program recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body.

Industry recognition: This program is recognized by the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the Canadian Association of Food Service Professionals, Ontario Home Economists in Business and the Ontario Family Studies/ Home Economics Educators Association.

With their understanding of nutrition, food, and health, Nutrition and Food program graduates are well prepared to meet the nutrition-related needs of individuals, families, and communities. Diverse academic options support our students to pursue a range of professional pathways that promote healthy eating habits and enhance Canadians’ quality of life.

Career opportunities

Food industry:

  • Food stylist
  • Nutrition consultant
  • Food specialist/economist
  • Freelance writer

Food service management and hospitality:

  • Nursing home administrator
  • Dietary technician
  • Hospitality manager
  • Director of hospitality services

Health promotion:

  • Public health policy and administration
  • Health promoter/educator
  • Consultant
  • Lactation consultant

Regulatory affairs:

  • Food inspector
  • Quality assurance manager/director

Health research and food science:

  • Food scientist
  • Lab technician
  • Research and development
  • Process technologist
  • Product development
  • Test kitchen assistant/manager
  • Health researcher

Dietetics/ Registered Dietitian:

Graduating with a BASc in Nutrition and Food is the first step towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. Dietitians provide advice on diet, food and nutrition, working in settings that include:

  • Health care
  • Private practice
  • Community health
  • Public health
  • Corporate education

Education:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • High school teacher (Science/Family Studies)
  • Educational consultant

Business:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Advertising and promotions manager
  • Marketing communications/development
  • Market research
  • Product specialist
  • Consumer relations consultant
  • Program coordinator

Our graduates also find opportunities in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, community agencies, government, ingredient suppliers, and companies involved in marketing and promoting consumer food products.

Why Nutrition and Food at Ryerson?

For over 60 years, Ryerson’s School of Nutrition has set the bar for excellence in nutrition and food education.

Our curriculum bridges disciplines, positioning you for responsible citizenship and professional success. A rich blend of courses in science, nutrition, research, communications and social science — along with professional education and liberal studies — supports you to achieve your learning and career goals.

Our outstanding faculty members bring their diverse experience as teachers, scholars and researchers to the classroom.

Research labs such as the Nutrition Discovery Labs and the Centre for Studies in Food Security provide exciting opportunities for hands-on learning, while  community initiatives, including the Ryerson Urban Farm, connect you with opportunities beyond the classroom.

Student groups, including the Nutrition Course Union, Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals and the Canadian Diabetes Association at Ryerson, provide incredible opportunities to get involved.  

Curriculum

A variety of academic options ensures that our graduates are flexible and responsive to changing trends in health and community settings, food-service and food industries, education, private practice and entrepreneurial endeavours.

 


 

Required courses

Required courses in science, nutrition, research, communications and the social sciences support you to develop an interdisciplinary foundation in nutrition, food and health. You can view required courses in the undergraduate calendar.


 

Professional education

Align your education with your professional goals. You can pursue Chang School certificates in Food Security or Gerontology and gain specialized knowledge and skills.

You can also take a minor and enhance your understanding of social innovation, marketing and more.

Complete the seven Dietitians of Canada required Courses (marked with this symbol † in professional tables) needed to meet the academic requirements for becoming a dietitian. Following graduation, go on to pursue the highly competitive practical experience requirement.


 

Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies courses allow you to broaden your perspective. Take history, sociology, geography and more. Pursue the Chang School Certificate in Proficiency in French.


 

Nutrition and health research

You can pursue an independent research interest through our brand new Concentration in Nutrition and Health Research, upon the completion of a cluster of six required courses. You can view the concentration requirements in the undergraduate calendar.

Ryerson Nutrition and Food life

There is more to the Ryerson Nutrition and Food experience than just lectures, books and studying.

Ryerson offers countless opportunities to get involved.

Campus initiatives including the Centre for Studies in Food Security, the Ryerson Urban Farm, the Good Food Centre and the Ryerson chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association maximize connections with the city we live in.

Student groups such as the Nutrition Course Union, the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals, the Ontario Home Economics Association and BeWell build community.

And that’s without mentioning Ryerson’s innovative and world class facilities. Our nutrition lounge and the Student Learning Centre provide outstanding environments in which to study, collaborate and share ideas. The Mattamy Athletic Centre offers Ryerson students an NHL-sized hockey rink, basketball court and fitness centre.

How to apply

When you apply to Ryerson, you must meet a number of admission requirements.

You need to meet certain deadlines when submitting your application online and may be required to submit supporting documents.