The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctoral Degrees in Nutritional Sciences. The Bachelor of Science Degree is offered with emphases in Dietetics, Community Nutrition, Pre-medicine, and Pre-dentistry. The Department also offers a three-semester verification program for individuals to complete the practicum requirement for dietetics registration. More than three semesters may be needed to complete the verification program if the student needs to take additional courses.
The course of study provides a basic core for all students in the program and yet offers flexibility for pursuing varied career goals. The curriculum allows students to complete the general education and basic science courses in the first two years. During the last two years, students, along with their advisers, select courses which prepare them to become dietitians or nutritionists. Many students use this foundation at the Bachelor's level to prepare for further graduate/professional study in the nutritional sciences, medicine and dentistry. Many of our graduates are employed as health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers and administrators at local, national and international institutions.
With increasing recognition of the association between diet and disease and the importance of diet in health promotion, nutritionists and dietitians are needed to participate in research to clarify issues of diet and disease, to educate the public on ways to promote health through diet, and to educate individuals suffering from chronic diseases on ways to incorporate dietary modifications into their lifestyles.
The field of Nutritional Sciences offers promising careers in which individuals can function professionally as nutritionists and dietitians. Additionally, a degree in nutrition or dietetics can be used as a foundation to prepare for graduate school as well as entry into professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or other advanced degrees in business and education.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers the following options which culminate in a BS degree:
Human Nutrition and Food (including pre-medicine and pre-dentistry emphases)
The Department also offers the Master of Science Degree and Doctoral Degree in Nutritional Sciences