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Nutrition Concentration

Nutrition is a fast-growing discipline devoted to understanding the relationship between nutrients and human health. The nutrition concentration within the B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition degree program allows students to focus their program of study in one of four emphasis areas:  (1) Dietetics; (2) Basic and Behavioral Science; (3) Community Health and Wellness; or (4) Food Industry. For each emphasis area, the same course plan (PDF, 83 KB) is followed the first two years with the junior and senior years varying according to the emphasis area. 

Each emphasis consists of 17 credits of coursework selected in consultation with one’s academic advisor. Completion of 17 credits in an emphasis area is required for completion of the Nutrition Concentration. All Nutrition Concentration students regardless of emphasis area must complete 1 credit of professional development coursework, either NUTR 4180 Professional Development in Dietetics (dietetics emphasis only) or NUTR 4190 Professional Development in Nutrition. The remaining 16 credits in an emphasis area should be selected from the emphasis area course list (PDF, 143 KB). Additional courses may be applied to the emphasis area as approved by one’s academic advisor. Students are encouraged to choose their emphasis area by the beginning of spring semester of the sophomore year to allow one to graduate in a timely manner.

Dietetics Emphasis (Click to Learn More)

The Dietetics emphasis prepares students for an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice (i.e., dietetic internship) program to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The curriculum for the Nutrition Concentration with a Dietetics emphasis is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), providing evidence-based training for nutrition and dietetics practice. 

Basic and Behavioral Science Emphasis (Click to Learn More)

The Basic and Behavioral Science emphasis is designed to provide students with pre-professional coursework in preparation for graduate training in nutrition science, biomedical sciences, medicine, and other healthcare-related fields. The curriculum provides a strong science and social science foundation to fulfill academic requirements for admission into graduate and professional healthcare programs.

Community Health and Wellness Emphasis (Click to Learn More)

The Community Health and Wellness emphasis is designed to provide students with coursework in preparation for careers working with generally healthy populations through non-profit, for-profit, and government community health and wellness programs. The curriculum provides a strong science and social science foundation for developing well-rounded professionals who are trained in evidence-based practice and are culturally competent.

Food Industry Emphasis (Click to Learn More)

The Food Industry emphasis is designed for students who are interested in pairing nutrition and food science knowledge for job opportunities in food service management, food product development, and hospitality. The curriculum provides a strong science, nutrition, and food science foundation for developing well-rounded professionals prepared for today’s demands in business and industry.