Food and Nutrition Sciences
Students interested in a major in nutrition have multiple options of study to best meet their career path goals. They may choose nutrition (pre-medicine/pre-professional) or applied nutrition (dietetics, environmental nutrition, or institutional and school nutrition management). All major graduates receive a bachelor of science in food and nutrition sciences degree.
The nutrition major (pre-medicine/pre-professional) is for those interested in a career in areas such as nutrition, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and physical therapy.
The applied nutrition major allows the student to pursue one of three concentrations: dietetics, environmental nutrition, and
culinary nutrition. There is an option to minor in applied nutrition as well.
The dietetics track is for those interested in careers in nutrition counseling, public health nutrition, community nutrition, wellness, food and food-service management. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students who complete the concentration qualify to sit for a national exam to become a dietetic technician, registered (DTR). Completing the dietetics concentration is also the first step to becoming a registered dietitian (RD). To become an RD, students must also complete an accredited internship at a university, healthcare facility, community agency, or food-service corporation. After the internship, the student must then pass a national accreditation exam.
The environmental nutrition concentration is for students interested in careers involving sustainability, agriculture, wellness, and food policy. The concentration's curriculum also fulfills the requirements to obtain an environmental health minor. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in community and government agencies, industry, and agriculture especially in areas that focus on sustainability and the environment. Graduates are also prepared for graduate study in a wide range of fields.
The culinary nutrition concentration is for those interested in culinary nutrition, school nutrition, child nutrition, institutional wellness, and food-service management. Schools and universities employ those with a school nutrition background and graduates are also prepared to work in other institutions and to pursue careers in the food-service industry. Students who complete this concentration qualify for a variety of School Nutrition Association (SNA) certifications. They can also, with the addition of field experience, fulfill SNA credentialing requirements to become a school nutrition specialist.
The minor in applied nutrition is designed for students interested in strengthening their knowledge of nutrition principles and applications. After completing the minor, students will possess basic nutrition knowledge to help others identify reliable sources of nutrition information. This minor complements the studies of those pursuing careers in the health sciences, exercise physiology, medicine, environmental studies, hospitality management, health communication, journalism, and other related fields.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Society for Nutrition
School Nutrition Association
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
Institute of Food Technologists
Research Chefs Association
The Obesity Society