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Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences Co-op Student Information

About The Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences (NANS) is concerned with understanding the contribution of food, beverage and nutritional supplement consumption to growth, development of optimal biological function, maintenance of health, and treatment of disease. This major also explores how we can use nutrients, minerals, and food’s chemical properties to develop innovative products that will benefit humans, animals, and the environment. NANS is an exciting and unique major in Canada and provides students with a broad and basic grounding in biology of nutrition, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, and nutraceuticals.

Why Co-op?

As a co-op student, you will gain relevant work experience, build professional networks, and develop essential interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the workplace, all while getting paid and earning your university degree. Guelph’s co-op program is unique due to the exceptional level of support provided throughout the co-op experience. Students will complete a comprehensive course preparing them for the co-op employment process, and will receive guidance from a knowledgeable team of staff dedicated to their development and success.

Course Sequencing








Acquired Knowledge & Skills


Knowledge of the impact of human nutrition, nutri-pharmacology and nutri-toxicology on health and performance. Understanding of the interactions of nutrition and exercise on the metabolic control of health and disease.


An understanding of the science of prospective health; the pivotal role of individual nutrigenomic and nutriepigenetic analyses and the critical role of evidence-based, lifestyle medicine in the effective application of this prospective health approach to healthcare.

Sample Jobs

Recipe Developer and Nutrition Expert

Students will create delicious meals, write clear and concise recipe instructions that are easy to follow, and add nutritional information to recipes.

R&D Co-op in Sports Nutrition

The student will conduct day-to-day quality control, quality analysis and/or R&D tasks in the manufacturing processes for current and new dry mix sports beverages.

Laboratory Assistant

The candidate will analyze samples obtained from a human clinical trial, by assisting with sample extractions and analysis of gut microbiota and metabolites. They will be involved in a multidisciplinary research team to support the development of new knowledge on dietary effects on the gut microbiota, intestinal health, and disease.

Additional Sample Jobs: Sensory Evaluator, Product Developer, Quality Assurance Co-op Student, Research Assistant

Sample Employers*

  • Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Apotex • Ferrero Canada
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Royal Canin Canada Company

*This shows a sample of recent co-op employers and will vary depending on employer recruitment needs. During a job search, students are encouraged to be actively engaged and are supported in establishing and maintaining their own personal contacts.

Salary Information

Students receive compensation from their employer for co-op work terms. The rate of pay will vary depending on a number of factors including the industry, the student’s program of study, and work term level. For your reference, a Co-operative Education Salary Guide is available on our website, which provides hourly rates (averages and ranges) for each degree program.