X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.)

Applied Human Nutrition (AHN)

Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

The Applied Human Nutrition major recognizes both the biological and the social facets of human nutrition. It focuses on nutrition from a preventive, maintenance and therapeutic perspective, all of which require a thorough understanding of the related biological sciences and of selected aspects of the behavioral sciences. Students learn about nutrition and its application to the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease. They also learn about individual and social behaviour, particularly in family settings, and the implications of behavioral factors in the establishment of good nutrition status from conception through to old age. Through the effective use of elective courses, the core requirements in the Major can be supplemented to create a program of study which will prepare graduates for a variety of health and education careers in the government or private sectors, or with the food industry. Others may proceed to graduate study in fields such as nutrition, public health nutrition, medicine or education.

An Area of Emphasis in Dietetics is also offered for those interested in becoming Registered Dietitians. Successful completion of the additional required and restricted elective courses will allow students to compete for a limited number of dietetic internship positions after graduation. Graduates who complete dietetic internships are eligible to write the Registration Examination and become Registered Dietitians, a regulated health profession. The Area of Emphasis in this dietetic education program is accredited under the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body. Most graduates completing dietetic internships are employed in hospitals and other health care agencies such as community health centres and long-term care facilities where the credential of Registered Dietitian is required for practice. Some Registered Dietitians also find employment in a wide range of careers in health and education, and in the private sector. Still others proceed to graduate study in fields such as nutrition, public health nutrition, medicine or education.

Program Requirements

Students in the Applied Human Nutrition Major must include the core of 13.00 required credits in the minimum of 20.00 credits. Students in the Area of Emphasis in Dietetics take an additional 2.50 required credits plus 1.50 restricted electives for 17.00 required credits in the minimum 20.00 credits. Discussion with a departmental advisor regarding the various choices possible from within the Major is strongly recommended. Students will normally register for courses according to the semesters indicated below for Fall and Winter sequencing.

Students taking the Area of Emphasis in Dietetics are strongly encouraged to seek help from departmental advisors to ensure they have selected all the required courses for eligibility to internships.


Students may take one minor in addition to the Applied Human Nutrition Major. See the University of Guelph Calendar, Section X, Degree Programs, Specialization and Their Degrees for list of minors: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c10/index.shtml

Counselling on Minors

The B.A.Sc. program counsellor assists students in the selection of minors, interpreting program and academic regulations. Academic departments offer the minors and assign faculty advisors to assist students with academic planning (e.g., a faculty advisor in the Psychology department handles queries about a minor in Psychology). Students should consult the appropriate faculty advisor, along with the B.A.Sc. Program Counsellor, when declaring a minor or requiring advice on the completion of specialization requirements. The list of faculty advisors is available on the Undergraduate Academic Information Centre website: https://www.uoguelph.ca/uaic/facultyadvisors or contact the B.A.Sc. Program Counsellor for further information.

Double Counting of Courses

A maximum of 50 percent of the courses applied to a minor may be courses taken in fulfillment of the major where required courses are the same.


Semester 1
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
FRHD*1100 [0.50] Life: Health and Well-Being
PSYC*1000 [0.50] Introduction to Psychology
One of:
HTM*2700 [0.50] Understanding Foods
NUTR*1010 [0.50] Introduction to Nutrition
0.50 electives
Note: HTM*2700 is recommended for Semester 1 if capacity allows, but may also be taken in Semester 2 by choosing NUTR*1010 in Semester 1
Semester 2
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
One of:
HTM*2700 [0.50] Understanding Foods
NUTR*1010 [0.50] Introduction to Nutrition
One of:
FRHD*1020 [0.50] Couple and Family Relationships
SOC*1100 [0.50] Sociology
1.00 electives
*See note in Semester 1
Semester 3
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
HTM*2030 [0.50] Control Systems in the Hospitality Industry
NUTR*2050 [0.50] Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
STAT*2080 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics I
0.50 electives
Note: HTM*2030 may be taken in Semester 4.
Note: Students completing an Area of Emphasis in Dietetics must take one of:
CIS*1200 [0.50] Introduction to Computing
MCS*2020 [0.50] Information Management
Semester 4
BIOM*3200 [1.00] Biomedical Physiology
HROB*2090 [0.50] Individuals and Groups in Organizations
MICR*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Microbiology
STAT*2090 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics II
Semester 5
FRHD*3070 [0.50] Research Methods: Family Studies
NUTR*3210 [0.50] Fundamentals of Nutrition
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Note: Students completing an Area of Emphasis in Dietetics must take HTM*3090. HTM*3090 is recommended in Semester 5 in place of elective or restricted elective if capacity allows, but it may also be taken in Semester 6. If taken in Semester 6 take FRHD*3400 and HROB*2290 in Semester 5.
Semester 6
FRHD*3400 [0.50] Communication and Counselling Skills
HROB*2290 [0.50] Human Resources Management
NUTR*3070 [0.50] Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions
NUTR*3090 [1.00] Clinical Nutrition I
Semester 7
NUTR*4010 [0.50] Nutritional Assessment
NUTR*4070 [0.50] Nutrition Education
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Note: Students completing an Area of Emphasis in Dietetics must take FRHD*4310 and NUTR*4040.
Semester 8
NUTR*4900 [0.50] Selected Topics in Human Nutrition
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Note: With approval from the instructor, students may substitute NUTR*4810 and NUTR*4910 for NUTR*4900.
Area of Emphasis in Dietetics Additional Courses Required
Additional Courses Required (2.50 credits)
FRHD*4310 [0.50] Professional Issues
HTM*3090 [1.00] Restaurant Operations Management
NUTR*4040 [0.50] Clinical Nutrition II
One of:
CIS*1200 [0.50] Introduction to Computing
MCS*2020 [0.50] Information Management
Restricted Electives

Students must take 1.50 restricted electives, including one 3000 level course, from the following list:

FOOD*2010 [0.50] Principles of Food Science
FOOD*3430 [0.50] Introduction to Food Analysis
FOOD*3700 [0.50] Sensory Evaluation of Foods
HTM*2740 [0.50] Cultural Aspects of Food
HTM*3780 [0.50] Managing Food in Canada
NUTR*3110 [0.50] Food Security
NUTR*3150 [0.50] Aging and Nutrition
One of
FOOD*2400 [0.50] Introduction to Food Chemistry
FOOD*3030 [0.50] Food Chemistry I
FOOD*3050 [0.50] Food Chemistry I
One of
FOOD*2410 [0.50] Introduction to Food Processing
FOOD*3160 [0.75] Food Processing I
One of
FOOD*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Food Microbiology
FOOD*3230 [0.75] Food Microbiology
FOOD*3240 [0.50] Food Microbiology

Note: Some of the restricted electives require prerequisites that are not included in the major.

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