The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctoral Degree in Nutritional Sciences. At the undergraduate level, the course of study provides a basic core for all students in the program and yet offers flexibility for pursuing 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 advisors, select courses, which prepare them to become dietitians or nutritionists. The Bachelor of Science Degree is offered with emphases in Community Nutrition, Human Nutrition and Food, and the fully accredited Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics. The department also offers a three semester verification program for individuals to complete the practicum requirement for dietetic registration. More than three semesters may be needed to complete the verification program if the student needs to take additional courses. Many students use this foundation at the Bachelor's level to prepare for further graduate/professional study in nutrition, medicine and dentistry.
With increasing recognition of the association between diet and disease and the importance of diet in health promotion, nutritionists and dietetians 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 B.S. 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