Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

The B.Sc. (Nutrition) program involves an exciting and unique structure and a partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (Saskatoon or Regina). 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 the Saskatchewan Health Authority (based in Saskatoon or Regina), 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

Other Admission Requirements: 1) a Test of Critical Skills; 2) Personal video interview

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

Effective May 2024

First-Year Nutrition
Biomedical Sciences 200.3 (Biomolecules)
Biomedical Sciences 230.3 (Metabolism)
Biomedical Sciences 207.3 (Human Body Systems I)
Biomedical Sciences 208.3 (Human Body Systems II)
Commerce 101.3 (Introduction to Business)
Food and Bioproduct Sciences 110.3 (The Science of Food)
Nutrition 120.3 (Basic Nutrition)
Nutrition 190.0 (Introduction to the BSc(Nutr) Program)
Nutrition 191.0 (Interprofessional Education IPE Activities)
Nutrition 192.0 (Interprofessional Education IPE Activities)
Nutrition 210.3 (Food Fundamentals and Preparation)
Nutrition 221.3 (Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients)
Nutrition 230.3 (Professional Practice I)
Plant Sciences 214.3 (Statistical Methods)
Basic food safety training certificate
Total Credit Units: 33

Second-Year Nutrition
Biomedical Sciences [BMSC] 210.3 (Microbiology)
Nutrition 291.0 (Interprofessional Education IPE Activities)
Nutrition 292.0 (Interprofessional Education IPE Activities)
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 (Survey of Pathology)
6 cu electives*

Spring and Summer Terms
Nutrition 366.3 (Food Service Management Practicum)
Total Credit Units:  33 plus 3 c.u. in Spring/Summer

Third-Year Nutrition
Commerce 201.3 (Introduction to Financial Accounting)
Nutrition 391.0 (Interprofessional Education IPE Activities)
Nutrition 392.0 (Interprofessional Education IPE Activities)
Nutrition 420.3 (Current Issues in Nutrition)
Nutrition 425.3 (Nutritional Assessment)
Nutrition 430.3 (Professional Practice III)
Nutrition 441.3 (Clinical Nutrition I)
Nutrition 442.3 (Clinical Nutrition II)
Nutrition 450.3 (Nutrition Program Planning & Evaluation)
Nutrition 466.3 (Management of Nutrition Services)
9 cu electives*
Advanced food safety training instruction
Total Credit Units:  33

Fourth-Year Nutrition
Nutrition 533.6 (Nutrition Care I)
Nutrition 534.6 (Nutrition Care II)
Nutrition 535.6 (Food Provision Management and Leadership)
Nutrition 536.6 (Population Health Promotion)
Nutrition 537.3 (Dietetic Research)
Nutrition 538.3 (Selected Topics in Practical Dietetic Education and Training)
33 weeks of practicum
Orientation (1-2 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 in Saskatoon or Regina as part of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, plus will have affiliations with other Health Regions and Tribal Councils.

*Please check electives with our office

  • FOODSAFE Certificates. Students are required to complete FOODSAFE I and and Advanced FoodSafe Training during their programs.

In order to use the title "Registered Dietitian" (RD), individuals must obtain a practice license through registration with a provincial regulatory body (in Saskatchewan, the regulatory body is the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association). To qualify for registration, individuals require academic and practical training from an accredited university program and successful completion of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam. This exam is available to be written twice per year and ensures competence of entry-level dietitians.

The USask program is integrated, meaning that the academic and practical training are both included within the B.Sc. (Nutrition) degree.

The USask B.Sc. (Nutrition) 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.


More Information

We welcome your inquiries. For more information on undergraduate programs, please call (306) 966-6327 or e-mail

The deadline to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program is March 15 in the year of anticipated admission.