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Nutritional Sciences and Home Economics (BSc)

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How do we achieve a healthy and sustainable diet for the planet and for us humans? Where does our food come from? What factors influence our diet and what consequences does our behaviour have for people and the environment? Ecotrophology deals with these and many other questions. The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Ecotrophology has an interdisciplinary orientation at the interface of nutrition and social sciences and looks at the entire nutrition system. Core competences are acquired in:

  • Nutrition (quantity, quality, diversity, safety)
  • Consumer behaviour (decision-making behaviour in purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal)
  • Supply chains (production systems, storage & distribution, processing & packaging)
  • Food environments (quality & safety, access to food, information)

In addition, the B.Sc. Ectrophology is primarily dedicated to the nutritional and health consequences of the system on an ecological, social and economic level. Sustainable development in the entire system plays an essential role here.


Subject-specific prerequisites

This interdisciplinary programme of studies requires students to be flexible and interested particularly in scientific, sociological, economic and technical issues, methods and approaches.

Number of enrolled students

673 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).


since 28 September 2007.

Composition of the Study Programme

Degree BSc


Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration of studies 6 Semester 180 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

6 Semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of degree programme

The course content is divided into modules. Each module has a scope of four semester hours 6 CP (4 semester hours each) and concludes with a course-related examination. The grades achieved in the individual module examinations result in the final degree grade.
17 of the modules are compulsory (core modules), 11 modules are profile modules and can be selected from the entire range of courses offered by the department. The Bachelor's thesis corresponds to the scope of two teaching modules.
Individual specialisation takes place through the choice of profile modules. The degree programme is successfully completed when all modules have been passed.


1st semester2nd semester3rd semester
Economics and business administration Anatomy and Physiology I Mathematics and Statistics
Fundamentals of process technology and thermodynamics Human nutrition Nutritional Physiology
Sustainability of food Politics of the agricultural and food economy Consumer behaviour
Food systems

Introduction to catering management

Basics of nutrition therapy
Marketing in the agricultural and food industry General Chemistry Basics of counselling
4th semester5th semester6th semester
Introduction to empirical social research Specialisation Module 4 Specialisation Module 9
Sociology of nutrition Specialisation Module 5 Specialisation Module 10
Specialisation Module 1 Specialisation Module 6 Specialisation Module 11
Specialisation Module 2 Specialisation Module 7 Bachelor's dissertation
Specialisation Module 3 Specialisation Module 8 Bachelor's dissertation


Specialisation modules

Broad all-round knowledge or specialisation - both are possible. Our students have it in their hands, they put together their studies according to their individual inclinations from the whole range of our offers. The following is a selection of possible profile modules:

  • Bioeconomy
  • Food chemistry, analysis and law
  • Immunological basics for nutrition science
  • Age-specific nutrition
  • Applied dietetics
  • Toxins in food
  • Probiotic foods
  • Agri-food industry in the EU
  • Biostatistics
  • Professional communication and presentation
  • Basics of nutritional ecology
  • Nutrition and performance
  • Session Labs for Sustainable Transformation
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Basics of social science research
  • Basics of online communication
  • Human-environment interaction
  • Value chains in the bioeconomy
  • Scientific assessment of food myths
  • Project studies on HACCP and hygiene
  • Eco-control and certification
  • Digital sustainability: Linux and free software
  • Philosophy of science and good scientific work
  • Sustainable catering and event management
  • Successful catering management
  • Basics of market research




Practical application

Module BP 144 "Professional internship" can be chosen as a profile module in all Bachelor's degree programmes of Faculty 09 (corresponds to 12 CP). Students can thus familiarise themselves with the professional world and get suggestions for the individual design of their further studies. The Internship Office maintains a database of suitable companies and institutions.



Bachelor thesis

Almost half of the working time in the sixth semester is devoted to writing the Bachelor's thesis. At the end of the programme, you prove that you are able to independently prepare a scientific paper in the subject area.


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver's examination for university entrance) or equivalent. More on this...
  • Certification of a pre-professional practical period is not required.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Application limited internally only winter semester

Application for admission and registration


  • The intake capacity is limited.
  • Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by July 31. More on this...

Please note that the deadline for courses of study that are not limited can be extended. The deadline extensions will be published in the application portal.


  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Career Options

Career Options

Options for further study at JLU

The following Master's degrees are offered by JLU:

JLU's Faculty 09 offers further Master's degrees.

Career options

Graduates of ecotrophology are generalists in the field of nutrition who can specialise in so-called profile modules during their studies. They are ideally qualified for complex tasks and positions at interfaces in companies, in the public sector or as self-employed persons. This means that there are a wide range of career opportunities in the most diverse areas, such as:

  • Quality assurance and product development
  • Nutrition counselling and therapy
  • Marketing or press and public relations work
  • Management in communal catering

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Any Questions

Any Questions?

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Subject Advisors
Contact Subject Advisor

Prof. Dr. Wencke Gwozdz

Institut für Wirtschaftslehre des Haushalts und Verbrauchsforschung

Bismarckstraße 37

35390 Gießen

Phone: +49 (0)641 - 99 39360

Office hours: on appointment

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