Nutritional Sciences (BSc)
The Nutritional Sciences degree programme centres around the working of nutritional physiology in a healthy human diet. Biochemical processes within the organism are investigated, the composition and functions of ingredients are analysed, and consumer and nutritional behaviour are examined.
The cores skills taught include acquiring the knowledge necessary to understand the mechanisms of a healthy diet at the molecular and cellular levels, the ability to analyse processes of biochemistry and nutritional physiology in the human organism as well as a fundamental understanding of foodstuffs and ingredients, and their nutritional significance. Another core element of this programme is fundamental knowledge of business and economics. An essential aim is to tie in discoveries made in modern nutrition research and their relevance to medicine, food science and public health. The intention is also to enable students to transfer their theoretical knowledge into nutritional practice and qualify them as competent mediators between industry, food law and the consumer.
This interdisciplinary programme of studies requires students to be flexible and interested particularly in scientific and social, economic and technical issues, methods and approaches.
Number of enrolled students427 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).
Accreditationsince 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 programme's contents are divided into modules which each encompass 4 class hours per week and end in a module examination. The grade achieved in the individual modules combine to provide the final grade for the degree.
The programme consists of 15 core modules (compulsory modules), 13 specialisation modules (electives) and a Bachelor's dissertation. This structure allows students to specialise in a varied range of individual directions on the basis of sound scientific training in the fundamentals.
1st semester 2nd semester 3rd emester General Chemistry Biochemistry I Nutritional Physiology Biology Basic Chemistry Practical Edible Plants Economics and Business Management I Physics
Specialisation module 1
Mathematics and Statistics Evaluation of Nutritional Studies Specialisation module 2 Anatomy and Physiology I Human Food of Animal Origin Specialisation module 3 4th semester 5th semester 6 th semester
Specialisation module 6 Specialisation module 11 Pathological Biochemistry Specialisation module 7 Specialisation module 12 Practical Training in Nutrional Sciences Specialisation module 8 Specialisation module 13 Specialisation module 4 Specialisation module 9 Bachelor's dissertation Specialisation module 5 Specialisation module 10 Bachelor's dissertation
Students' options for deepening of their nutritional training include specialisation modules such as
- Nutrition Therapy,
- Age-Group-Specific Nutrition and Dietetics,
- Physiology and Biochemistry,
- Nutritional Microbiology,
- Food Analysis.
Almost half of the study time in the sixth semester is allotted to writing a dissertation. In the dissertation, students are expected to show within a limited time that they are capable of independent academic work.
Students have the option of undertaking a 9-week work placement (12 credit points) during their studies, to familiarise themselves with the realities of the professional sphere and help them find an area in which to specialise. The maintains a database of suitable companies and institutions (in German).
- Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester
Commencement of studies
Only possible in the winter semester
- Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis
- 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 for the subject areas of electrical engineering and metal engineering of this degree programme is limited internally by the university. Admission is decided by the university following the guidelines of the Hessian admissions policy.
- Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by 15th July. More on this...
- Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad.
- Career Options
Options for further study at JLU
The following consecutive Master's degree is offered by JLU:
Additionally, JLU's Faculty 09 offers .
The BSc programme in Nutritional Science leads to an initial professional qualification which provides access to jobs not only in the food industry but also in the biomedical and biotechnological sectors as well as health-related jobs in the media, education and the consultancy sector, in national bodies and international organisations.
- Further Information: Documents
PDF documents for the courses of study
- (in German)
- Study guide (in German)
Examination- and study regulations
- Special regulations (in German)
(in English) Please note that only the German version of the modules is offical and legally binding. The english Version is for informative purposes only.)
- General study regulations for modular and multi-stage study programmes
Courses offered in the course catalogue
- Electronical course catalogue (in German)
- International pages
Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.
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