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Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences Major

Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences

Admission Requirements

How Food Optimizes Biological Function

 Develop a Human Health Foundation

Offered within the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, this major will provide you with a broad and basic grounding in the biology of nutrition, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and nutraceuticals.

 Help Solve Contemporary Nutrition Issues

Tackle nutrition-related problems in the food, pharmaceutical and natural health product industries by gaining an understanding of how nutrients, phytochemicals, toxins and food processing products affect the human body.

 Gain Hands-on Research Experience

Complete a research course with a faculty member in a discipline related to nutrition, food, nutraceuticals, health and disease to further your skills and experience in the field.

Why Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences?

"Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”
~ Hippocrates

From early civilization to the present day, we have always had an evolving relationship with food; how it optimizes biological function, the role of food in disease prevention and intervention, how we process and store foods and much more. As an exciting and evolving program, the Honours B.Sc. major in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences will explore how we can use nutrients, minerals and food’s chemical properties to develop innovative products that will benefit humans, animals and the environment.

Students in the Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences (NANS) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Food Science, Applied Human Nutrition, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Biological Concepts of Health
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
Semester 2
  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II

Semester 3
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Statistics I
Semester 4
  • Structure and Function in Biochemistry
  • Human Physiology I - Concepts and Principles
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition

Semester 5
  • Human Physiology II - Integrated Systems
  • Micronutrients, Phytochemicals and Health
  • Lifestyle Genomics
  • Applied Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences I
Semester 6
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
  • Nutrition and Metabolic Control of Disease
  • Applied Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences II

Semester 7
  • Nutrition, Exercise and Energy Metabolism
  • Toxicology, Nutrition and Food
Semester 8
  • electives or restricted electives


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