Admission Requirements

1. Eligibility

General Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the Dietetics Major, 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.

Academic Eligibility

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 each of the marks is used for the GPA calculation.

Students are advised to calculate their admission GPA prior to applying to ensure they meet the program’s minimum requirements. Refer to the Calculating Your Dietetics Major Application GPA. If you have any questions, please contact LFS Student Services (students@landfood.ubc.ca).

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.

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

The Dietetics Major welcomes applications from qualified, self-identified Canadian Indigenous people. Two seats are reserved in each admission year for self-identified Canadian Indigenous people who meet university and program-specific admission requirements.

Prior to applying, we encourage prospective applicants to review the Faculty of Land and food Systems Indigenous Students page and consult the Senior Advisor and Recruiter from the UBC Science and LFS Indigenous Student Initiative.

2. Prerequisite courses

To apply to the Dietetics Major, you must complete the following 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. Applicants are not allowed to defer prerequisite courses.

Important Note:

Any prospective applicant to the Dietetics Major should refer to the UBC Academic Calendar for full details. Contact students@landfood.ubc.ca if you have questions.

**The table below outlines the prerequisite requirements for 2020 applicants**

Course (Click for course details) Course Requirements to take course
BIOL 112 (3)(see notes) Biology of the Cell One of CHEM 12, CHEM 100CHEM 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 155 (6) Human Biology

One of CHEM 12, CHEM 100CHEM 111 and one of BIOL 11, BIOL 12, BIOL 111

BOIL 153 or CAPS 301 will also be accepted

BIOL 200 (3) Fundamentals of Cell Biology Either (a) BIOL 112 and one of CHEM 123CHEM 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 121and a corequisite of CHEM 203.)
BIOL 201 (3) OR BIOC 202 (3) Introduction to Biochemistry; Introductory Medical Biochemistry

BOIC 201: BIOL 200 and one of CHEM 233CHEM 260 (or BIOL 200 and a corequisite of CHEM 213; or a corequisite of either CHEM 313 or CHEM 330)

BOIC 202: Either (a) CHEM 203 or (b) CHEM 233

CHEM 111 (4) OR CHEM 121 (4) Structure, Bonding, and Equilibrium in Chemistry;
Structure and Bonding in Chemistry
One of CHEM 12, CHEM 100
CHEM 113 (4) OR CHEM 123 (4) Principles of Chemistry II; Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Organic Chemistry One of CHEM 111CHEM 121

CHEM 205 (3) and CHEM 233 (3) OR

CHEM 203 (4) and CHEM 213 (3)

Physical Chemistry & Organic Chemistry for the Biological Sciences OR
Introduction to Organic Chemistry & Organic Chemistry

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

CHEM 233: One of CHEM 113CHEM 123SCIE 001

LFS 150 (3) OR ENGL 112 (3)2 (see notes) Scholarly Writing and Argumentation in Land and Food Systems; Strategies for University Writing
FNH 200 (3)3 (see notes) Exploring Our Food (At least second year standing required)
FNH 250 (3)3 (see notes) Nutrition Concepts and Controversies Either (a) one of BIOL 111BIOL 112BIOL 153BIOL 155 or (b) all of KIN 190, KIN 191 (At least second-year standing required)
LFS 250 (6)(see notes) Land, Food, and Community I
 LFS 252 (3)4 (see notes) Land, Food, and Community: Quantitative Data Analysis  One of MATH 100MATH 102MATH 104MATH 110MATH 120MATH 180MATH 184
Social Science (3) - Courses that address normal human behaviour in a North American Context
(e.g. ANTH 100ANTH 201ANTH 210ANTH 217ANTH 227FMST 210FMST 312FMST 314PSYC 101, PSYC 102PSYC 304PSYC 305PSYC 314SOCI 100SOCI 200SOCI 240A)
As of 2019, applicants are only required to complete 3 social science credits prior to program admission, although they may take 6 credits if they wish.
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.
Notes:
1 Courses that transfer as MICB 201 (microbiology) are acceptable in lieu of BIOL 112. Consult the online BC Transfer Guide for more information.
2 Or equivalent LFS communication requirement.
3 Faculty-specific courses FNH 200, FNH 250 and LFS 250 may be taken online via UBC non-degree studies.
4 Students who apply to 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, STAT 200

Academic Institution Options


If you wish to take the prerequisite courses at UBC, apply to UBC to become an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems, B.Sc. (Food Nutrition and Health) (BSFN) program. Dietetics prerequisite courses can be met by following year 1 and 2 of the Food, Nutrition and Health Major and making focused elective choices.

If you are a student in another UBC faculty, consult your faculty advisor for guidance on how to incorporate the dietetics prerequisites into your current program (note: students not in our faculty have lower registration priority for our faculty-specific courses).

In advance of applying, you are responsible for determining if your courses are equivalent to those required. If your coursework is from BC institutions, refer to the BC Transfer Guide. If your coursework is from out of province or if you have other course equivalency queries, you must contact the Land and Food Systems student advising office (students@landfood.ubc.ca) well in advance of applying. You may be required to contact some UBC departments to verify course equivalency, in which case written proof of equivalency must be submitted with your dietetics application.

Faculty-specific prerequisite courses are available online via UBC Access Studies. See the Non-Degree Studies page for further information for applying to UBC as an Access Studies student.

It may be challenging for students to obtain all of the required courses at other institutions; therefore, many students choose to transfer to UBC for their second year of study prior to applying.

Please note: Transfer students may apply a maximum of 60 transfer credits towards their program.

In addition to attaining all of the program's prerequisite and program course requirements, students completing the Dietetics Major as a second degree must obtain a minimum of 72 new credits of UBC coursework while enrolled in program. The majority of these credits will be from required upper level campus-based and practice education courses. This is in keeping with UBC’s second degree policy, which requires second degree students to satisfy at least 50% of the total credits required for the program while registered in the program.

Note that the standard program length is 3 years, regardless of previous courses a student has taken.

If you have further questions about completing the UBC Dietetics Major as a second degree, contact the Land and Food Systems student services at students@landfood.ubc.ca.

For more information about other routes to becoming a Registered Dietitian see FAQ#9.

3. Non-academic application components

The written application package

In addition to the academic component, applicants are scored based on the written application package (cover letter, resume and reference letters) and interview (for shortlisted applicants only). For further guidance on these components, refer to the Applicant Info Package on the Application Process & Deadline page.

Applicants are admitted on the basis of a final admissions score, as follows:

  • Academic Performance: 40%
  • Cover letter/resume: 25%
  • References: 5%
  • Interview: 30%

Each assessment component includes minimum acceptable criteria which must be met in order for the applicant to be considered (regardless of scores obtained in other components).