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International Nutrition Major

Important Note: The Food, Nutrition and Health program is no longer accepting applications for admission to the International Nutrition Major. The information below is for the benefit of students currently in the Major.

The International Nutrition Major is focused on human nutrition, with an emphasis on application in international settings. Core and specialized Food, Nutrition and Health courses are complemented by a unique international field studies course, which allows students to integrate theory and practice. Students also benefit from an interdisciplinary education by completing elective coursework in health and human services, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, geography, or other approved selections. The Major prepares students for employment in a range of fields, including development, health, and education, and also provides the background to pursue graduate or professional studies.


Admission to the International Nutrition Major is to third-year and based on:

1. Initial screening for:

a) Prerequisite Requirements
To be eligible for the Major, students must have completed at least 60 credits by April 30 of the year in which they are applying. This must include the following pre-requisites (or their equivalent): LFS 100 (1), LFS 150 (3) or ENGL 112 (3), BIOL 112/121 (6), BIOL 140 (2), CHEM 121/123 (111/113) (8)1, MATH 102/103 or equivalent (6)2, non-science electives (3)3,4, LFS 250 (6), LFS 252 or equivalent (3)5, FNH 200 (3), FNH 250 (3), CHEM 233 (3), CHEM 235 (1), BIOL 200 (3), BIOL 201 (3), restricted electives (6)3,4,6.

1CHEM 111/113 are not for students with Chemistry 12.
2Students who have not completed Calculus 12 should take MATH 180 or 184, plus either MATH 103 or 105 to fulfill their first year math requirement.
3Students wishing to take FRE courses, ECON 234, 255, 317, or 335 should take ECON 101 and ECON 102 as their non-science or restricted electives.
4Students wishing to take SOCI 301A, 302A, 360B, 361A, 430, or 383B should take SOCI 100 as their non-science or restricted electives. Students wishing to take ANTH 330, 360, 407,429 or 425 should take ANTH 100 as their non-science or restricted electives.
5Equivalent courses include BIOL 300, EPSE 482, FRST 231, and STAT 200.
6Students may consult the academic advisor for the International Nutrition Major to propose other restricted electives. For list of restricted electives, see the Faculty website. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all pre-requisites for desired restricted electives.

b) Academic Performance
A minimum academic standing of 70% is required for eligibility to the Major. Achieving this minimum, however, does not guarantee admission.

c) Non-academic Component
Students must submit a written application package, following the guidelines specified by the International Nutrition Major admission requirements.

2. Interview (short-listed candidates only)

The International Nutrition Major admissions committee will conduct interviews with short-listed candidates at UBC. Telephone or Skype interviews will be arranged with candidates who are unable to come to UBC.

The objective of the interview is to assess communication skills, qualifications, and preparedness for the Major. The admissions committee will particularly consider student suitability for placements with current partner organizations associated with the international nutrition field studies course.


The annual application date is January 31 for September admission.

Application to the International Nutrition Major has three components:

  1. Online application to enter the B.Sc. (FNH) Program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS).
  2. An International Nutrition application package available online.
  3. An interview to determine suitability for the Major, particularly for the international nutrition field studies component.

Application Procedures

Non-UBC students must apply online by January 31 through Enrolment Services to enter the B.Sc. (FNH) Program in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS). External applicants are encouraged to contact LFS Student Services in advance of applying to ensure they have met prerequisite course requirements.

Current UBC students who are not already enrolled in the B.Sc. (FNH) Program must apply online through Enrolment Services to enter the Program. In the event of an unsuccessful application, students in good standing have the ability to remain in their original program/faculty.

All applicants must submit the International Nutrition Major application package to the Faculty (forms and guidelines available online). Each application package must include:

  • Completed application form, resume, and personal statement
  • Transcripts (as required)
  • Application fee

Short-listed candidates are identified for an interview based on initial screening, which considers both academic and non-academic application components.

Final decisions about applications are made once interviews are complete and final marks for the term are available. Applicants are informed about their admission status by early June.

Program Information

Students are admitted to the Major in Year Three. The Major involves two full-time years of study, including an international nutrition field studies course (FNH 460) that requires students to relocate for a minimum of 12 weeks.

To cover administrative costs of the Major, advising, pre-departure workshops, and post-departure debriefing sessions, a one-time administrative fee, listed under Program and Course Fees, is applied to students upon acceptance into the Major. In addition to UBC tuition and course fees, students incur travel expenses and associated costs of the international nutrition field studies course. Expenses vary between projects depending on funding availability; consult the Program Coordinator of International Nutrition and UBC Enrolment Services for information regarding potential funding.

Program Requirements

Third Year
LFS 350 3
BIOC 302 3
FNH 350 3
FNH 351 3
FNH 355 3
FNH 370 3
FNH 398 3
CAPS 301 6
Restricted elective1 3
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
FNH 455 3
FNH 473 3
FNH 4602 6
FNH electives3 6
Restricted electives1 6
Unrestricted electives 6
Total Credits 30
Overall 4 years total credit 120
1 A list of restricted electives is available on the Faculty website. Students may consult the Program Coordinator for International Nutrition to propose other restricted electives.
2 FNH 460 involves a minimum 12-week international nutrition field studies placement. Placements are selected in consultation with the Program Coordinator for the International Nutrition Major.
3 FNH electives (6 credits from FNH 301, 302, 309, 313, 471, 402, 451, 454, 477, 490, 497, 499).

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