Food and nutrition is a major firmly based in biology, chemistry, and the behavioral sciences. It involves the study of the utilization of food by humans for growth and metabolism, in both normal and disease states.
The fields of food science and nutrition require coursework in biology, chemistry, physiology and biochemistry to promote an understanding of the mechanisms through which dietary factors are metabolized. After completion of the program, students will be well prepared for health related careers as well as graduate work.
There are two concentrations available through the food and nutrition major. These concentrations include:
Concentration in Exercise and Wellness
The Food and Nutrition major with the Exercise and Wellness concentration provides a foundation in science with coursework in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology. The concentration also includes courses in metabolism, stress, wellness, nutrition education, and exercise science for those interested in pursuing careers in the wellness industry. Students are also prepared for post-graduate study in exercise physiology, nutrition, athletic training, health promotion and related fields.
If you're not sure about your interests in the field of nutrition, this curriculum during the first two years is identical to that of the dietetics major. You will take classes in chemistry, biology and social sciences along with the introductory courses in nutrition and food science. In the course Explore Nutrition and Dietetics you will learn about the various career opportunities in the field. You can discuss your career interests with your faculty mentor and advisor. These individuals will assist you in career planning and help you decide which major is right for you. Note that the Food and Nutrition major with the Exercise and Wellness concentration does not prepare you to enter a dietetic internship, with the goal of sitting for the registration exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
BS in Food and Nutrition - Concentration in Nutrition Science/Pre-Medicine
The Food and Nutrition major with the Nutrition Science/Pre-medicine concentration emphasizes the biological and physical sciences and will give students the background necessary to understand the function and metabolism of nutrients. Since nutrition plays a key role in many chronic and acute disease processes, understanding the role of nutrients in the body provides students in this concentration with a strong basis for careers in medicine and other health professions. In addition, the course sequence and content of this concentration have been designed to provide all of the necessary education required for admission to medical school, schools of dentistry, veterinary science, physicians assistants, and optometry. Career opportunities for graduates exist in the areas of biomedical research, industry, and education.
Note that the Food and Nutrition major with the Pre-Medicine concentration does not prepare you to enter a dietetic internship, with the goal of sitting for the registration exam to become a registered dietitian.