Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

The B.Sc. (Nutrition) program involves an exciting and unique structure and a partnership with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) and Saskatoon Health Region (SHR). One year of pre-Nutrition studies is required, after which students may apply to enter the B.Sc. (Nutr.).

At the University of Saskatchewan, the professional experiences that were previously included in postgraduate dietetic internship (which is still the case for many of the Nutrition programs in other parts of Canada) are now incorporated within the degree.

This is accomplished through the Professional Practice courses (Nutrition 230.3, 330.3, 430.3 and 531.30). Nutrition 531.30 (fourth year of the program) is a 36-week, practice-based experience with RQHR or SHR, in other Health Regions and Tribal Councils throughout the province. On completion of a national exam, graduates qualify for professional registration through their provincial regulatory body, membership in the national association for dietitians/nutritionists (Dietitians of Canada) and positions as dietitians.

Applicants require a minimum of one year (30 credit units) of university training, a “pre-Nutrition year”, prior to April 30 of the year of application, to be considered for admission.

Pre-Nutrition Year – the following courses or equivalents
Biology 120.3 (The Nature of Life) and Biology 121.3 (The Diversity of Life)
Chemistry 112.3 (General Chemistry I)
Chemistry 250.3 (Organic Chemistry I)
English 110.6 OR 6 cu from English 111.3, 112.3, 113.3 and 114.3 OR French 121.3 (or 122.3) and 125.3 OR Literature 100.6
Psychology 120.3 and 121.3 or Sociology 111.3 and 112.3
6 cu electives*
Total Credit Units:  30

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Nutrition/Dietetics are encouraged to review the following document that outlines the requisite skills and attributes for completion of the program leading to registration as a registered Dietitian.

Essential Skills for Students in Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan

Curriculum for the B.Sc. (Nutrition)

First-Year Nutrition
Biomedical Sciences 200.3 (Biomolecules)
Biomedical Sciences 230.3 (Metabolism)
Commerce 102.3 (Introduction to Business Management)
Food and Bioproduct Sciences 210.3 (Dimensions of Food Science)
Physiology 208.6 (Human Body Systems)
Nutrition 120.3 (Basic Nutrition)
Nutrition 221.3 (Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients)
Nutrition 230.3 (Professional Practice I)
Plant Sciences 314.3 (Statistical Methods)
3 cu elective*
FOODSAFE I Certificate
Total Credit Units: 33

Second-Year Nutrition
Microbiology 224.3 (Microbiology for Pharmacy & Nutrition)
Nutrition 305.3 (Research Methods)
Nutrition 310.3 (Food Culture & Human Nutrition)
Nutrition 321.3 (Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients & Energy)
Nutrition 322.3 (Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan)
Nutrition 330.3 (Professional Practice II)
Nutrition 350.3 (Community Nutrition)
Nutrition 365.3 (Quantity Food Production & Service)
Pathology 205.3 (Elementary Pathology)
3 cu elective* OR Food and Bioproduct Sciences 323.3 (Food Additives & Toxicants)
3 cu elective*
FOODSAFE II Certificate
Speechcraft (Public Speaking Certificate)
Nutrition 366.3 (Food Service Management Practicum) - in Spring and Summer session
Total Credit Units:  33 plus 3 c.u. in Spring and Summer

Third-Year Nutrition
Commerce 201.3 (Introduction to Accounting)
Food and Bioproduct Sciences 323.3 (Food Additives & Toxicants) OR 3 cu elective*
Nutrition 420.3 (Current Issues in Nutrition)
Nutrition 425.3 (Nutritional Assessment)
Nutrition 430.3 (Professional Practice III)
Nutrition 440.6 (Clinical Nutrition)
Nutrition 450.3 (Nutrition Program Planning & Evaluation)
Nutrition 466.3 (Management of Nutrition Services)
6 cu electives*
Total Credit Units:  33

Fourth-Year Nutrition
Nutrition 531.30 (Professional Practice IV)
36 weeks of internship 
Orientation (1 week) 
Foodservice Management (10-12 weeks) 
Clinical & Community Nutrition (16-17 weeks) 
Research, Development & Continuing Education (2 weeks) 
Public Health (2-3 weeks) 
Break (2 weeks)
Total Credit Units:  30

NOTE:  The time periods above vary, based on an individual student’s background and professional practice site requirements.  Students will be based with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region or Saskatoon Health Region, plus will have affiliations with other Health Regions and Tribal Councils.

*Please check electives with our office

Other Degree Requirements

  • FOODSAFE Certificates. Students are required to complete FOODSAFE I and II during their programs.
  • A Public Speaking program (Speechcraft) is arranged through Saskatoon Toastmasters Clubs and is made available to students during their second year.

Requirements for the Dietetics Profession

In order to be registered as a Registered Dietitian (R.D.), individuals require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition (or related degree with specific credits) from a university program accredited by Dietitians of Canada. (Our program is fully accredited.)
  • Supervised practical experiences accredited by Dietitians of Canada
  • Successful completion of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination and registration with the regulatory body/association in the province in which you wish to practice

In the revised Nutrition program, all of the professional experiences required for the dietetics profession are now included within the degree, in a format unique in Canada. In order to practice as a dietitian, graduates must successfully complete the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE) that is written twice a year at designated cities throughout the country. The exam ensures the competency and quality assurance of entry-level dietitians/nutritionists.

For more information on the Dietetics/Nutrition profession, please see:

For more information on the Nutrition program, please see the following sections of the U of S Course Calendar:

We welcome your inquiries! For more information on undergraduate programs, please call (306) 966-6327 or e-mail Undergrad-Pharmacy-Nutrition@usask.ca.