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Department of Food  and Nutrition Sciences


The Department of Food Science and Nutrition conducts teaching, and basic and applied research in different aspects of Food Science, Human Nutrition, Biotechnology, and Food Technology. The Department plays an important role as the lead-department in offering the B.Sc. Honours Degree in Nutrition, Food Science & Technology, in addition to its contribution to the B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Engineering. The Department is engaged in teaching the four years of its undergraduate degree programs. Students in the advanced program may follow courses and undertake project research in the areas of food microbiology, food processing, preservation and postharvest technology; dietetics and medical nutrition therapy; food sanitation, analysis and quality control; product development and sensory evaluation; food constituents and other nutritional studies.

 
 
 
 

More about the Department

The Department shall also provide assistance to public and private sector organizations as well as to interested individuals in their professional development by offering short term training courses. It also assists those institutions requiring development of curricula and teaching materials. The staff members may serve as consultants to the industry, healthcare facilities, members of committees of several scientific organizations, visiting lecturers to undergraduate and postgraduate programs of other universities. In addition it shall also offer M.Sc. and PhD degree programs in the realm of Food/nutritional Sciences & Technology. The staff members may also serve as external examiners to other universities.


The Department shall be engaged in scholarly research on relevant topics including food analysis for quality and nutritional characteristics, assessment of food contaminants and adulterants, dietetics/nutrition therapy, studies on food processing and preservation to improve food quality, development of new food processing technologies, studies on aflatoxin detoxification in foods and feedstuffs, microbiological and toxicological studies of smoked meats and fish, modified atmospheric storage of local fruits, and glycemic index of food, amongst others.


Objectives
The Department of Food and Nutrition Sciences offers training covering the following fields of study:

1. Food science
2. Food technology
3. Dietetics/nutritional sciences and
4. Postharvest technology


Briefs


Level of Studies
Undergraduate
Degree Offered
Bachelor of Science (BSc.)
Specialty
Nutrition Food Science & Technology
Duration of Studies
4 years (8 Semesters)
Deadline For Application

Program Requirement

Tuition Fees



University Requirement
Application Procedure
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The training is currently offered at the diploma, undergraduate.The Department is envisaged to be the only one of its kind in any university in Cameroon, offering specialized training in Dietetics, Nutrition, Postharvest Science and Technology.


Further, the Department will carry out both basic and applied research geared particularly towards solving local problems. It shall also contribute to the development of healthcare and food-related sectors in the country and the region through training, extension and consultancy services.


The Degree Program
The Department of Nutrition and Food Science offers undergraduate curricula in the following areas:
1. B.Sc. Honours Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
2. B.Sc. Honours Degree in Food Science and Postharvest Technology

Career Options for Nutritional Sciences Majors

Students majoring in nutritional sciences could have minors in a number of areas, including Animal Science, Biochemistry, Food Science, Poultry Science, Science Education and Zoology etc.


Opportunities for students with a major in Nutrition vary widely depending on one's primary area of interest. For example, besides self-employment, students with an Animal or Poultry Science background (minor) might find jobs in research or technical sales/service in a feed or pharmaceutical company. They also may work for a livestock or poultry producer in research and development or production. A nutrition major would benefit those seeking self-employment and positions in the food industry, extension service, as a science or health science educator as well as someone interested in pursuing an advanced degree.


Students interested in a career in human nutrition/dietetics can find positions in hospitals, wellness centers, health departments, school systems, industry, and private practice. An advanced degree in public health would benefit those interested in working on nutrition-related public policy and legislation.


Jobs are available for Nutritionists and Dietitians in hospitals, government agencies, community health services, medical clinic, health maintenance organizations, and long-term care, teaching of nutrition, work in public health and regulatory agencies and food service facilities.


Career Options for Food Science and Postharvest Technology Majors

The B.Sc. Food Science and Postharvest Technology is designed for students who seek employment in industries relating to food processing, manufacturing and quality control of food products, research and development and teaching food science. Further, this curriculum provides an excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue graduate studies. Hence, from creating low-fat ice cream flavors that don't taste low-fat, to developing packaging that protects food from E. coli and other pathogens, food scientists work to ensure the foods that fill your shopping cart are safe, nutritious and delicious. It is designed for people interested in using the latest in food manufacturing to turn agricultural commodities into products that consumers want to buy.


Entry Requirements

A candidate wishing to be admitted into any of the above B.Sc. degree programs must satisfy the minimum university entry requirements and  School of Tropical Agriculture and Natural Resources (STANR) regulations.


Alternatively, admission shall be granted to holders of Diploma in Food Technology from CATUC or from other institutions recognized by the University Senate. Such candidates shall enter the program at the second year of study unless otherwise specified by the STANR.


Fees
The tuition fee per year is 839,500 F CFA for Cameroonians and 1,239,500 F CFA for foreign students. To read more about fees  click here.

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