McGill University

Food Science and Nutritional Science

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Program Information

School:McGill University
Faculty:Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Field of Study:Food Science
Nutrition Sciences
Description:This 4-year program allows students to simultaneously earn two concurrent degrees– Food Science and Nutritional Sciences. Unique in North America, this concurrent degree program offers an education in these complementary fields and opens the door to a multitude of career paths.

The Food Science component of the program focuses on the chemistry of food and the scientific principles underlying food preservation, processing, and packaging to provide consumers with quality foods. The Nutritional Sciences component deals with the science of the nutritional aspects of food and metabolism.

The program ensures that students receive the training that industry demands. The program includes a stage in their final year when students decide if they wish to do an Industrial stage or a Nutrition stage:

Industrial Stage: Students will be trained to carry out specific functions within a company that may involve product development, quality control, sensory analysis, food analysis, food processing, and other related tasks.

Nutrition Stage: The internship is completed in a professional working environment and may involve projects in research laboratories or food manufacturing companies to work on food product development and nutrition labeling. Students may also develop nutrition promotion literature, website editing, and nutrition articles related to consumer education regarding new food products, nutritional supplements, or nutrition consulting services. Opportunities may include international placements in non-governmental agencies involved in nutrition promotion in developing countries as well as research in clinical settings working with medical practitioners.
URL:Food Science and Nutritional Science at McGill University
Length:4 Year(s)
Careers:Agricultural and Fish Products InspectorsNutritionists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80
Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  • 2 of  Grade12 Biology  or  Grade12 Physics  or  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors  or  Grade12 Mathematics 
  •  Grade12 Français  or  Grade12 English 
Applicants must have Biology - NYA, General Biology II (OOUK, OOXU), Chemistry - NYA, NYB, Organic Chemistry I (OOUL, OOUM, OOXV), Mathematics - NYA, NYB (OOUN, OOUP), and Physics - NYA, NYB, NYC (OOUR, OOUS, OOUT).
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 577] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90]

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 17, 2021