With a focus on the scientific basis of human nutrition, the major in nutrition provides students with knowledge and skills to work in a myriad of food and nutrition settings focused on attaining and maintaining the health and well-being of individuals across the lifespan. In addition to preparing graduates for careers in clinical, management, community, or business/entrepreneurial nutrition settings, the nutrition major prepares students for graduate education programs and for careers in research and development, medical/nutritional sales, medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other allied health professions. Students who major in nutrition take courses that include human nutrition, food science, food and culture, community nutrition, food systems management, medical nutrition therapy, and nutrition research. These courses are based on a solid science and math background, which includes general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, psychology and elementary statistics.
Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors on the specific course requirements for entering post-graduate work in the allied health careers. The nutrition major does not meet DPD requirements to earn verification to apply for dietetic internships. Additional coursework is necessary to fulfill DPD requirements.