This course integrates fundamental sciences linked to human nutrition and food science with practical experience to ensure that graduates are uniquely placed to contribute to global health and wellbeing. Students learn how food and nutrition can affect the health and wellbeing of global populations by understanding the science behind foods and the role of nutrition in health. The first half of the degree explores fundamental sciences linked to food and human nutrition. Students will develop knowledge in physiology, biochemistry and biomedical sciences alongside an introduction to health and food behaviours. The second year builds on these foundations while also exploring the effects of dietary nutrients on health and human development across the life cycle, food chemistry and food processing. Students will evaluate the latest scientific literature in the fields of nutrition and food science and relate this to developments in the discipline area. In the last half of the degree students will choose between two streams; nutrition or food science. They will have a variety of interesting and diverse career opportunities in government agencies and private industry, both in Australia and overseas. Government organisations and the food industry produce a high demand for graduates in a range of areas, including public health, nutrition education programs, nutrition advice, research related to food and nutrition in health and disease, and the development of new food products. Potential employers include health departments, community and public health centres, welfare organisations and non-government agencies, food suppliers and manufacturers, teaching institutions, and federal and state research laboratories. Graduate nutritionists often undertake a further one-year program of study in a specific professional area, such as dietetics, food science and technology, health promotion or teaching.