Food Science & Nutritional Science

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
28.00 overall R-Score
Prerequisite courses:
  • Biology NYA (00UK), 01Y5; Biology II (00XU), 01YJ
  • Chemistry NYA (00UL), 01Y6; Chemistry NYB (00UM); Organic Chemistry I 00XV, 01YH
  • Math NYA (00UN), 01Y1; Math NYB (00UP), 01Y2
  • Physics NYA (00UR), 01Y7; Physics NYB (00US), 01YF; Physics NYC (00UT), 01YG.
Language requirements:
Location:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
80.00% top 6 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
80.00% top 5 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • Grade 12 English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus);
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
B average in grades 10, 11 and 12
Prerequisite courses:
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include two from: Math, Biology,
      Chemistry or Physics).
Language requirements:
Location:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisite courses:
Language requirements:
Location:
Macdonald Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

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Overview

McGill’s Food Science & Nutritional Science program is one of a kind in North America. This 4-year, dual degree programs allows you to study the complementary disciplines of food and nutritional sciences, and earn two degrees upon graduation.  

Your studies in food sciences will focus on the chemistry of food, and the scientific principles of food preservation, processing and packaging. You’ll work to discover ingredients and explore how they can be incorporated into foods. The goal? To provide consumers with food that looks better, tastes better, lasts longer and, above all, is safe to eat. In your nutritional science courses, you'll learn all about the nutritional aspects of food and metabolism, and the role nutrition plays in health and disease. 

This dual program teaches you to combine what you've learned in both disciplines, creating better-tasting, longer-lasting, safer food that also meets our nutritional needs. You'll have the chance to apply your knowledge to hands-on learning during a work placement (an industrial stage). 
  

  


Careers

Career paths can include: 

  • Food product research and development 
  • Public health services 
  • Food labeling and packaging 
  • Food inspection 
  • Food chemistry 
  • Agri-food companies 

Food Science and Nutritional Science student in the lab

Student experience

A highly unique aspect to the program is the opportunity for students to obtain real world research experience in the food/nutrition industries with an approved host organization such as industry and non-governmental agencies. The internship course can involve a wide range of food/human nutrition research including food product development, nutritional labeling, nutritional supplements, food fortification, nutraceuticals, functional foods, food safety and quality assurance, writing nutrition articles for consumer education.

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the School of Human Nutrition.

Check the full admission requirements for information about deadlines and whether supporting documents are required as part of your application. 

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