About the Nutrition Bachelor’s Program
This program emphasizes the role of nutrition in the health and well-being of people. Depending on the concentration chosen, the graduate will be prepared for nutrition careers in hospitals, schools, colleges, food service, business and government agencies. Completion of courses for the Specialized Certificate in Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Science offers students the opportunity to secure a family and consumer sciences teacher certification to teach nutrition in secondary schools. Nutritional sciences courses also contribute to the science and health education of students who take the introductory level classes or take additional classes for a minor in nutrition. Students who graduate with this degree must earn a C or better in all major and supporting coursework. Any variation from this is subject to department approval.
Communication Literacy Requirement. Communication literacy in Nutritional Sciences is evidenced by competence in locating, reading, interpreting and presenting the nutrition information. This is accomplished through critiquing scientific literature as well as mainstream publications and through written communication and public speaking to a variety of audiences with varied educational background. These communication skills are measured in three required courses. Courses in the CL plan are NS 2380 , NS 4330 , and NS 4350 .
Nutrition, Health and Wellness Careers
This concentration is designed for students interested in a variety of careers in nutrition outside of the clinical setting. Students will study food preparation, science of nutrition, nutrition in the life cycle, sports nutrition, nutrition education, health coaching, nutrition and chronic disease, intro to medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, emerging issues in nutrition, and research methods in nutrition. The concentration also includes courses such as human physiology, chemistry, exercise physiology, technical writing, hospitality management, fundamentals of marketing, and writing for the media. This concentration may also be an excellent concentration for pre-nursing, optometry, and other pre-professional areas.
Employment opportunities from this degree are diverse. Potential jobs range from nutritional entrepreneurship to corporate wellness, sales of pharmaceuticals and nutritional formulas, health reporting and media, personal training, cooperative extension, government programs (e.g., Women, Infants, and Children) and various food companies.