Bachelor of Science specialising in Food Science and Nutrition

You can choose to study the Food Science pathway or the Nutrition pathway.

  • Food Science: The topics covered in this pathway underpin all aspects of manufacturing, processing and production in food-related industries. You'll learn about food components, their properties and ways in which they interact in food products, functional foods, emerging technologies and their benefits, food safety and food preservation, and product development from benchtop to market. 
  • Nutrition: This pathway has a focus on human nutrition, the maintenance of good health and the wellbeing of populations. This requires consideration of the environmental, social, economic and cultural influences on eating behaviours and how they impact on health.

Your BSc programme will consist of a number of courses worth 15 points each, totalling 360 points. You must also complete a capstone course in your final year of study. The capstone course is a student-led project where you integrate and apply your learning to a real-world problem in your chosen major or specialisation.

For Food Science and Nutrition we recommend the capstone course, FOODSCI 399, where you'll work in small groups to identify and develop a new food product or food system that addresses or responds to a nutritional issue. You'll focus on the interplay between the nutritional aspects of the product or system, and the sensory, stability, convenience, cost, regulatory and processing aspects of the product. 

For other capstone options, see our Capstone courses page

Food Science and Nutrition pathways

Learn more about how your Food Science and Nutrition pathway is structured:

If you began your degree prior to 2019 we recommend you seek advice to make sure you are taking the correct courses. Contact the Science Student Centre at

Preparing for your Food Science and Nutrition specialisation

Some students will feel more prepared for our Food Science and Nutrition courses if they have already studied some science subjects in high school.

Find out which school subjects will help you feel prepared by reading our Subject guide for school students.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020