Food is a basic necessity for growth, health and development. The study of nutrition and dietetics provides solid academic education and practical training for a great variety of career opportunities. Through positions in health care, non-governmental, international organizations, government services, private practice, the food and food service industries, and educational and community programmes, nutritionists and dietitian help individuals and the public to make better informed food choices. The mission of the Department is to produce qualified nutritionist and dietitian capable of serving the country and the entire region in various aspects of food science, nutrition and dietetics. These graduates will bridge the gap between the areas of food science, applied medical sciences and management sciences.

Philosophy

The Bachelor of Science degree programme in Nutrition and Dietetics is at providing sound training foundations for students who choose to make careers in the field. The program seeks to equip its students with knowledge and skills to analyze diverse perspectives in the field.
The courses in the programme are anchored from an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of basic elements in Nutrition and Dietetics and how they develop over time.

Objectives

The programme aims at providing specialized training to students so as to equip them with appropriate tools with which to meet sharp competing edges n the field of nutrition and dietetics. The objectives of the programme are to ensure students:
i.    Understand the interrelationships among agriculture, food and nutrition as well as how they relate to health.
ii.    Can assess the main nutritional problems in a community, appreciate the causes and severity of malnutrition and design interventions for their solution.
iii.    Plan and formulate adequate diets in health and diseases for all the groups and population types.
iv.    Appreciate the effects of handling methods on the nutritive value of foods and apply the appropriate techniques to improve the quality of local food resources to meet the nutritional needs of individuals, community and population groups.
v.    Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate nutrition programmes.
vi.    Have a global view of the problems of malnutrition and agencies involved in solving the problems, especially in Africa.

Admission Requirements

Admission into 100 Level for Nutrition and Dietetics course shall be through UTME. The candidate must have a minimum of five credit pass at the SSCE level or its equivalent. The subjects must include English Language, Mathematics Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Candidates seeking admission through the foundation programme or the pre-degree programme must also satisfy the WASC/SSCE minimum requirement. Candidates with A’ Level Certificate, OND and HND degree in relevant discipline from an approved institution with a minimum of not less than an Upper Credit or its equivalent can be admitted through direct entry into 200L.

Length of Programme

The length of the programme is four years for UME candidates and three years for Direct Entry candidates.

Regulations

(a)    Courses shall be provided leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Nutrition and Dietetics, which may be awarded with honours or as a pass degree.
(b)    The curriculum for the B. Sc. programme shall extend over eight semesters.
(c)    Instructions shall be by courses, students will be required to take approved combinations of such courses as Senate on the recommendations of the College may from time to time determine.
(d)    Courses shall be evaluated in terms of course units. A course unit is defined as one lecture/tutorial contact hour per week or three hours of laboratory or practical class per week throughout a semester or an equivalent amount of other assigned study of practical experience or combination of these.
(e)    There shall be four levels of courses.
Requirement for the Award of the Degree
To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Technology (Honours) degree in Nutrition and Dietetics;
(a)    The students must have completed a minimum of 169 credit units for four year programme and 125 credit units for three year programme.
(b)    The students must satisfy both internal and external examiners in the written and practical projects, seminars and oral examination as may be prescribed from time to by the Department.
(c)    All courses taught during each semester shall be examined at the end of that semester and candidates will be credited with the number of course unit assigned to the course, which they pass.
(d)    The total number of units taken along with the grades obtained in each course shall be recorded for the purpose of computing the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).
(e)    The weighted grade point of all courses taken shall be used for the determination of the class of degree.
(f)    The degree shall be awarded with honours provided a student obtains a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) that is not less than 1.5 and satisfies other minimum honours requirement.
(g)    Students are required to undertake the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) for appropriate credit allocated by the Colleges.
(h)    Where a student is unable to satisfy the minimum requirements for the award of an honours degree after spending one extra session, he shall be considered for the award of a pass degree.
(i)    Students who cannot meet all the degree requirements within two academic sessions in excess of the minimum duration without Senate approval shall be required to withdraw from the University without the award of any degree.