BS Home Economics (Food & Nutrition)

Program Description

Home Economics is a field of study and a profession that draws from a range of disciplines to achieve optimal and sustainable living for individuals, families, and communities. The central focus of home economics education is the well-being of people. It is about becoming independent, connecting with others, and taking action towards preferred futures that support individual and family well-being. Through home economics education, students become empowered, active, and informed members of society.

These main areas of study including in Bachelor of Home Economics, are food and nutrition, clothing and clothing construction, housing (including interior planning and design), resource management, and family interaction. Home Economics is a field of formal study including such topics as interior design, home furnishing, cleaning, handicrafts, sewing, clothing and textiles, commercial cooking, home cooking, nutrition, food preservation, hygiene, child development, managing money, and family relationships.

GIFT University, a premier educational institution, offers BS (Hons) Home Economics, a 4-year program with a specialization in Food & Nutrition.

Program Objectives

The main objectives of Home economics are:

  • To help students to prepare themselves for home and family living.
  • To apply knowledge of science and humanities.
  • To integrate and apply knowledge from all areas of Home Economics.
  • To create awareness of research for professional development.
  • To prepare students for a career and profession in the food and nutrition field.

Program Learning Outcomes

The main objectives of Home Economics are:

  • To understand and apply the practice of food hygiene, food preservation, and professional cooking.
  • Enhance their creativity and skills employed in meal presentations.
  • To develop skills to carry out the various steps in the nutrition education and counseling process.
  • To develop an advanced understanding of the role of nutrients in the prevention of deficiency and chronic diseases.

Department Infrastructure

The department is equipped with the following state of the artfully air-conditioned kitchen and laboratories, which are professionally designed to perform different tasks.

Food & Nutrition Laboratory: The laboratory is equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen and classroom. Various components of cooking, baking, and hygiene studies are carried out on the latest types of equipment. The lab is equipped with the latest tools to perform various nutrition practicals

Art & Design Laboratory: Drawing, design elements, fashion sketching & illustration assignments are carried out in Design Laboratory.

Textile & Clothing Laboratory: Pattern making, cutting, sewing, fabric dyeing, printing, and textile developments are carried out in Textile Laboratory.  

Interior Design Laboratory: The laboratory is equipped with modern facilities to exercise the technical and aesthetic concepts of interior design.

Computer Laboratory: The computer lab is well-equipped with sophisticated computer hardware to carry out multiple Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tasks, including Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants who have passed the intermediate or equivalent examination with one or more home economics subjects.
  • Applicants who have passed the intermediate/A’ Levels or equivalent examination with science subjects (e.g., Pre-Medical).
  • The minimum aggregate marks for all above are 45%.
  • Students will be admissible in the 5th semester of the program with degrees of AD Home Economics and Bachelor of Science (Botany, Zoology, or Home Economics).

Scope & Career Prospects

After BS Nutritional Sciences the students will be able to take up careers in various fields.

  • Consultant Nutritionist/Dietitian/ Sports Nutritionist - Hospital/Clinics/ Gym
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurship - Food Business & Event Planner
  • Community Nutritionist - UNICEF, WHO & NGO’s
  • Nutrition Educationist - Institutes (Colleges & University)
  • Nutrition Researcher - Research Institutes & Labs
  • Food & Nutrition Services Nutritionist - Restaurants/ Coffee Shop & Food companies
  • Nutrition Program Officer - Punjab Food Authority