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Nutritional Sciences (BSc)

Taught in German


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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.


Subject-specific prerequisites

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 students

427 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

Ablaufplan (B.Sc. Ernährungswissenschaften)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 semester2nd semester3rd 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 semester5th semester6 th semester

Human Nutrition

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


Specialisation modules

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,
  • Pathobiochemistry,
  • Food Analysis.


Bachelor's dissertation

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.


 Practial application

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 Placements Office 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

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 consecutive Master's degree is offered by JLU:

Additionally, JLU's Faculty 09 offers the following Master's degrees.


Career options

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

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. Uwe Wenzel
Institut für Ernährungswissenschaften
IFZ – Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
35390 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0)641 - 99 39220
Office hours: by appointment

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