Program Profile

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree is designed to provide a foundation in the physical and social sciences along with a variety of courses in foods, nutrition, and professional skills. The Program prepares graduates for careers in nutrition, dietetics, or the health professions including medicine, physiotherapy, nursing, and dentistry. In addition, through the Consumer Food stream, the program prepares students for careers in food science, the food industry, and food services. Students interested in teaching in secondary schools may qualify by completing the Bachelor of Education degree following the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Graduates have also pursued careers in law and journalism.

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (with the Dietetics Option) is an accredited program recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP), and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body after completing an accredited dietetic internship or practicum program.  Acadia University offers two practicum streams (graduate and integrated). The Dietetic Practicum Program provides students with the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals in the nutrition and dietetics field and enables students in the integrated stream to bring their experience back to the classroom.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Dietetics Option) may also apply for a post-degree practicum program or one of the Masters with practicum programs. 


1. Prepare students with foundational and applied knowledge in food, nutrition, and dietetics incorporating and valuing:

   i. Professional written and oral communications skills

  ii. Critical thinking and reflection abilities

 iii. Client-centeredness

 iv. Teamwork, collaborative learning, community service, and leadership

  v. New and emerging research approaches and findings, and stay on top of current research

2. Prepare students to apply for careers of their choice.

3. Prepare students for ethical and professional conduct.