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Nutritional Sciences and Home Economics (BSc)

Taught in German


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This degree programme seeks to provide students with basic competence in the areas of

  • nutritional science,
  • home economics and
  • food economics.

This involves learning about foodstuffs, the physiological basis of human nutrition, the prevention of disease, the economic and social issues of every-day provisions in an integrated system, the economic analysis of food processing and marketing, and the status of nutrition within the arena of public health.


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

Ablaufplan (B.Sc. Oekotrophologie)

Studies are offered in the form of modules comprising 4 hours/week per semester. Modules are finished with exams. The marks achieved in the individual exams add up to the final grade. This degree programme consists of 15 core modules (compulsory), 13 specialisation modules (elective) 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 semester
Introductory Chemical Practical Training Biochemistry I Nutritional Physiology
Biology Human Food of Animal Origin Edible Plants
Economics and Business Administration I Anatomy and Physiology I Economics in the Household
Mathematics and Statistics

Production Management
in the
Food Industry

Specialisation Module 1
Nutrition and Society Consumer Policy Specialisation Module 2
4th semester5th semester6th semester
Human Nutrition Specialisation Module 6 Specialisation Module 11
Agricultural and food sector policy Specialisation Module 7 Specialisation Module 12
Specialisation Module 3 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

The following specialisation modules could be chosen, for example:

  • Nutrition Therapy;
  • Age-specific Nutrition and Dietetics;
  • Supply and Catering Management;
  • Consumer Behaviour and Counseling;
  • Business Operations, Market Theory and Consumer Policy.


Pracitical application

Students may undertake a 9-week work placement (12 credit points) during their studies, allowing them 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.


Bachelor's dissertation

Almost half of the study time in the sixth semester is allotted to writing a dissertation. In the Bachelor's dissertation, students are expected to show within a limited time that they are capable of independent academic work.


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

This Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science and Home Economics grants students an applicable understanding of the fundamentals as well as practice-related knowledge of the professional sphere and the methodology required to take up a career in their field. Employment at the interface of consumer and producer/society and industry is possible. 

The areas available to graduates of this programme include

  • catering companies,
  • care institutions and other service providers,
  • jobs in community relations,
  • consumer advice,
  • the health and environment
  • food sectors,
  • quality control and the media.

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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