Bachelor of Nutrition

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Bachelor of Nutrition


Program summary

Use the science of healthy eating to fight disease.

Nutrition is a fascinating and new science. Our hands-on program is designed to get you involved with food, understand the science behind food and the way the human body uses it.

Step into the kitchen from the get-go and learn about food preparation, processing and preservation in our specialised teaching kitchen. You’ll also develop your skills to evaluate and modify food for different population groups.

Use your 8 electives wisely to focus on an area you’re passionate about such as health promotion, biomedical science or clinical measurement. Or you have the option to undertake one of our multiple four course minors in areas such as community development, public health nutrition, sport and exercise nutrition or food science and safety and sustainability.

You’ll gain valuable industry experience in your work placement and all Nutrition courses are delivered by qualified Registered Nutritionists or Accredited Practising Dietitians with plenty of practical knowledge to share with you.

Upon graduation you also have the opportunity to continue your research in your specialist area with an Honours year and work towards a Master of Health Promotion or Master of Sports Nutrition by Research.

Career opportunities

Career options are varied and include food service and menu support, community nutrition, nutrition policy development, public health nutrition, health promotion, nutrition journalism, nutrition marketing and support for food industry, corporate nutritionist, researcher, sport and exercise nutrition and public relations.


Graduates may become a member of the Nutrition Society of Australia, the Public Health Association of Australia, the Dietitians Association of Australia, the Australian Health Promotion Association and the World Public Health Nutrition Association. Graduates may also be eligible for enrolment in the Accredited Nutritionist Program of the Dietitians Association of Australia (with appropriate experience/further qualifications) or become a Registered Nutritionist through the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

Introductory courses (7)

COR109 Communication and Thought
LFS100 Cell Biology
LFS112 Human Physiology
NUT101 Introduction to Nutrition
NUT102 Food in Society
PUB112 Public Health Foundations
SCI105 Chemistry

Advanced courses (9)

NUT201 Food Studies
NUT203 Active Lifestyle Nutrition
NUT205 Public Health Nutrition
NUT212 Principles of Nutrition
NUT303 Food, Nutrition and Menu Design
NUT305 Food and the Consumer
NUT306 Nutrition Communication (6 units)
NUT307 Project Management for Nutrition Practice (6 units)
NUT315 Complementary Approaches to Food and Nutrition

PLUS select 1 course from:
NUT304 Nutrition Practicum
Or a work placement course included in your chosen major or extended major.

Elective courses (8)

Select 8 elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering). Of the electives, 5 must be advanced level (200/300 coded) courses.

Although optional, students are encouraged to undertake a major and/or minor in an area of special interest.

Suggested major (8 courses) or extended major (12 courses) options are:

Biomedical Science
Clinical Measurement (extended Major available)
Development Studies
e-Media Design
Food and Biosecurity
Graphic Design
Health Promotion
Public Health
Public Relations
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Sustainability - Society
Tourism, Leisure and Event Management

Suggested minor (4 courses) options are:

Clinical Trial Management
Community Development
e-Media Design
Food Science and Safety
Food Security
Graphic Design
Health Promotion
Indigenous Studies
Public Health
Public Health Nutrition
Public Policy
Social Enterprise
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Tourism, Leisure and Event Management

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory (100 coded) courses, including the core course
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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