Admission Requirements

To be eligible to enter the Dietetics Major at year 3, you must meet the Land and Food Systems UBC entrance requirements (see Food, Nutrition and Health), and have a minimum of 54 credits of post-secondary course work.

Prerequisite Courses

To apply to the Dietetics Major, you must complete specific year 1 and 2 prerequisite courses (or their equivalents), as well as a minimum of 54 credits of university or college coursework by April 30 in the year of application.  These prerequisites can be met by following years one and two of the Food, Nutrition and Health Major.  It is not allowable for applicants to defer specific prerequisite courses.

Important Note:

The faculty is in the process of implementing various curricular changes.  Any prospective applicant to the Dietetics Major should refer to the LFS website for full details. Contact students@landfood.ubc.ca if you have questions.

The table below outlines the prerequisite requirements for 2018 applicants.  Notes in red provide a preview of changes applicable to applicants in 2019 or beyond.

UBC's academic calendar is the official record of program course requirements. 2018 applicants should refer to the academic calendar archive, and 2019 applicants should refer to the current academic calendar.

Course (Click for course details) Course Requirements to take course / Notes
BIOL 112 (3) Unicellular Life One of CHEM 12, CHEM 111 and one of BIOL 11, BIOL 12, BIOL 111
BIOL 121 (3) Genetics, Evolution and Ecology One of BIOL 11, BIOL 12, BIOL 111
BIOL 140 (2) Laboratory Investigations in Life Science One of BIOL 11, BIOL 12, BIOL 111

Note:  

  • Students applying to the Dietetics Major in 2018 still require this course
  • Students applying to the Dietetics Major in 2019 or beyond will not require this course (therefore; students entering Year 1 in September 2017 are not required to take this course)
BIOL 155 (6) Human Biology

 Note:  

  • Students applying to the Dietetics Major in 2018 do not require this course
  • Students applying to the Dietetics Major in 2019 or beyond will require this course (therefore; students entering Year 1 in September 2017 should take this course)
  • BIOL 153 or CAPS 301 will also be accepted
BIOL 200 (3) Fundamentals of Cell Biology Either (a) BIOL 112 and one of CHEM 123, CHEM 113; or (b) SCIE 001. (or (c) 8 transfer credits of first-year BIOL and 6 credits of first-year CHEM or (d) one of BIOL 112 or BIOL 121 and a corequisite of CHEM 203.)
BIOL 201 (3) OR BIOC 202 (3) Introduction to Biochemistry; Introductory Medical Biochemistry

BIOL 200 and one of CHEM 233, CHEM 260.

(or BIOL 200 and a corequisite of CHEM 213; or a corequisite of either CHEM 313 or CHEM 330.)

CHEM 111 (4) OR CHEM 121 (4) Principles of Chemistry I; Structural Chemistry, with Application to Chemistry of the Elements CHEM 12
CHEM 113 (4) OR CHEM 123 (4) Principles of Chemistry II; Physical and Organic Chemistry One of CHEM 111, CHEM 121
CHEM 205 (3) and CHEM 233 (3) OR CHEM 203 (4) and CHEM 213 (3) Physical Chemistry and Organic; Chemistry for the Biological Sciences; Introduction to Organic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry

CHEM 205: Either (a) SCIE 001 or (b) one of MATH 100, MATH 102, MATH 104, MATH 110, MATH 120, MATH 180, MATH 184 and one of CHEM 113, CHEM 123, CHEM 154

CHEM 233: One of CHEM 113, CHEM 123, SCIE 001

LFS 150 (3) OR ENGL 112 (3) Scholarly Writing and Argumentation in Land and Food Systems; Strategies for University Writing
FNH 200 (3) Exploring Our Food At least second year standing required.
FNH 250 (3) Nutrition Concepts and Controversies All of BIOL 112, BIOL 121. (At least second-year standing required.)
LFS 250 (6) Land, Food, and Community I
 LFS 252 (3)* Land, Food, and Community: Quantitative Data Analysis  One of MATH 100, MATH 102, MATH 104, MATH 110, MATH 120, MATH 180, MATH 184
Math courses are not required prerequisites for Dietetics and are, therefore, not used towards admission GPA. However, math courses are required for year promotion within the Food Nutrition and Health Major, and to meet prerequisite requirements for some required courses.
Social Science (6) - Courses that address normal human behaviour in a North American Context
(e.g. ANTH 100, ANTH 201, ANTH 210ANTH 217ANTH 227, FMST 210FMST 312FMST 314PSYC 101, PSYC 102, PSYC 304PSYC 305, PSYC 314SOCI 100SOCI 200, SOCI 240A.)

Note: 

Applicants in 2019 and beyond will only require 3 of 6 social science credits prior to program admission, although they may take all 6 credits if they wish.

For queries about courses not listed, contact students@landfood.ubc.ca

Information for prospective students completing year 1 and 2 at other institutions 

Students who transfer into 3rd year Dietetics from other institutions may take a statistics course in lieu of LFS 252.
*Equivalent courses include BIOL 300, EPSE 482, FRST 231 (available online), STAT 200.

Courses that transfer as MICB 201 (microbiology) are acceptable in lieu of BIOL 112.  Consult the online BC Transfer Guide for more information.

Faculty-specific courses FNH 200, FNH 250 and LFS 250 may be taken online via UBC non-degree studies.

In advance of applying, students are responsible for determining if courses are equivalent to those required.

Admission is based on a minimum academic standing of 70%, calculated as a cumulative average of grades from all prerequisite (years one and two) and any program courses (years three and four) taken (excluding elective and International Baccalaureate course credits).  Marks are weighted based on their credit value (for example a 6 credit course will contribute twice as much weight to the calculations as a 3 credit course). For students who have repeated courses, an average of the two marks is used for the GPA calculation.  Refer to the Calculating your GPA for Dietetics Application template for further assistance. If you have any questions, please contact the Land and Food Systems student advising office at students@landfood.ubc.ca.

Due to enrolment limitations, the academic standard required for admission is typically higher than the published minimum.

NOTE: In alignment with academic performance standards in place for admitted students, applicants must achieve a minimum level of academic performance (68%) in any 300 and 400 level FNH course taken prior to admission that is included in the course requirements for the Dietetics Major. Students who have received a suboptimal grade in a required upper level FNH course, should consider retaking the course to achieve the minimum grade requirement

These components consist of a written package (cover letter, resume, and two references) and an interview (shortlisted applicants only). They are used to assess an applicant's interest in and suitability for the profession of dietetics.  

For guidance, refer to the 2017 Application Information Package.