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Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major

The Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major provides students with the opportunity to build a solid foundation in both Food Science and Nutritional Sciences. Integration of the knowledge in these two complementary areas allows students to develop a better understanding of the principles of food science with respect to the manufacture, preservation, and quality of food products and the role of food in human health. Graduates of the Double Major are uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of healthy foods for healthy living.


The first two years of the Double Major are comprised of the standard core of the FNH program. Students may apply after completing at least 24 credits of the listed first-year courses (or their equivalent). The annual application date is March 31 for September admission. Application information is available on-line.

To apply for admission after second year, the student should have completed at least 48 credits of listed first- and second-year courses (or their equivalent).

Admission to the Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major is based on two components:

  • Academic performance (85% of Admission Score): Admission to the Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major is based on a minimum academic standing of 70%, calculated based on the best 21 credits per year of post-secondary courses required in this program. The student must have completed ENGL 112 or equivalent. Elective courses and LFS 100, LFS 250, LFS 350, or LFS 450 are not included in this calculation.
  • Letter of Intent (15% of Admission Score): The student must submit a 500 word (maximum) Letter of Intent which addresses the following: a) why the student wishes to enrol in the Food and Nutritional Science Major; b) the student's career aspirations; c) any personal, volunteer, or work experiences that demonstrates the student's interest in food and/or nutrition, and; d) for students who have taken less than 24 credits per year, a brief explanation of why.

Admission after third year or a subsequent year will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Meeting the minimum requirements for application to the major does not guarantee admission. Students admitted to the Major will be required to maintain an average of at least 70% in required courses in each year, to remain in the program.

Students who are not accepted into the major or do not maintain the required average would be eligible to complete the FNH general major, or select another program if appropriate.

Food and Nutritional Sciences Double Major

First Year
LFS 100 1
LFS 150 or ENGL 112 3
BIOL 112 & 121 6
BIOL 1551 6
CHEM 121 (or 111)2 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
MATH 102 & 103 or equivalent3 6
PHYS 101 or equivalent4 3
Total Credits 33
Second Year
LFS 250 6
LFS 252 or equivalent5 3
FNH 200 3
FNH 250 3
CHEM 205 & 233 6
CHEM 235 1
BIOL 200 & 2016 6
BIOL 234 3
Total Credits 31
Third Year
LFS 350 3
BIOC 302 3
FNH 300 3
FNH 301 3
FNH 302 3
FNH 303 3
MICB 202 3
FNH 313 3
MICB 353 1
FNH 325 3
FNH 326 3
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
FNH 398 3
FNH 350 3
FNH 351 3
FNH 413 3
FNH 425 or 497 or 499 6
FNH 309 3
FNH 371 3
FNH 477 3
Unrestricted elective 3
Total Credits 30
Fifth Year
FNH 403 3
FNH 451 3
FNH 370 3
One of ECON 310, LFS 101, FNH 415, or 300 or 400 level COMM 3
Restricted elective7 3
Total Credits 15
Overall five-year total credits 140
1 Equivalent courses include BIOL 153, CAPS 301
2 CHEM 111 is not for students with Chemistry 12.
3 Students who have not completed Calculus 12 should take MATH 180 or 184, plus either MATH 103 or 105 to fulfill their first-year mathematics requirement.
4 Equivalent courses include PHYS 107 or 117. Students without credit for Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking other 100-level PHYS courses.
5 Equivalent courses include BIOL 300, EPSE 482, FRST 231, STAT 200.
6 Equivalent courses include BIOL 201, BIOC 202, BIOC 203
7 To be selected in consultation with a program advisor. For suggested courses see the list posted to the Faculty website.

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