Health Alumni

Food Science and Nutrition Alumni Chapter

History of Food Science and Nutrition at Deakin University

Since the formation of Deakin University in Geelong in 1978, Food Chemistry had been offered as a major in the Bachelor of Science degree by the School of Sciences of the Division of Biology and Health Sciences.

Food Science and Nutrition was offered for the first time on the Rusden Campus in 1996 and moved to the Melbourne Burwood Campus in 1997. The Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) and the Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) (Honours) are still running today through the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health.

Nutrition began at Deakin University, Geelong, in 1978 and was offered as part of a Bachelor of Science, with a major to be completed in Human Nutrition. In 1992, following Deakin's merger with Victoria College in Melbourne, honours and graduate programs were offered in Human Nutrition and Nutrition Education at the Geelong Campus by the Faculty of Science and Technology; in 1993 these awards were transferred to the then Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.

Currently, Nutrition is offered in a number of different courses on the Melbourne Burwood Campus, including Bachelor of Food and Nutrition, Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition and Master of Human Nutrition through the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.


Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

16th May 2011