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USask to launch Food and Nutrition degree

Students will develop their knowledge of food, health, and wellness and how these issues relate to agriculture production and processing.
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The province's first Food and Nutrition Degree program is set to begin with it's first cohort in September 2022.

As part of the new Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition program, students will gain knowledge of food production, food chemistry, food processing, and how food and nutrients affect human health.

In the last few years, the industry has repeatedly contacted the university about developing an academic program that develops graduates' abilities to address consumer trends in food and health. This interdisciplinary program will be the first of its kind in the province, and one of only a few in the country.

"Students in the program will learn how agricultural commodities are transformed into safe, nutritious, and sustainable food sources. People are more health-conscious than ever, with a focus on what foods we eat and how they function to promote health. This program fits with our core college mission of helping feed a growing, hungry world in sustainable ways," said Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (PhD), dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

As the program launches for the first time, the provincial government also announced that agriculture and food researchers would receive $9.1 million in funding this year for the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund, demonstrating an increased commitment in the areas of agriculture and food in the province.

With this course, students will develop their knowledge of food, health, and wellness and how these issues relate to agriculture production and processing. The program also hopes to foster critical cutting-edge research and development. It will provide hands-on lab experience along with the chance to earn university credits while working during the summer.

The University's College of Agriculture and Bioresources will house the new degree program. In addition to agriculture-based courses, students will take classes from the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.

 Applications can be submitted directly from grade 12 or through another post-secondary program in the sciences. USask is currently accepting applications for its new program until May 1st. The first cohort will commence in September of this year.