Nutrition Program Details
Nutrition and nutritional science examine the dietary and health issues that surround food and eating from an interdisciplinary perspective. Anchored in the natural and applied sciences, the nutrition curriculum involves mathematics, psychology, communication, ethics, political science, and numerous other disciplines. Students focus on the study of food and how it impacts metabolism, health and disease resistance (e.g., cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease), performance across the lifespan, dietary behaviors, and the nutrition-related cultural practices around the globe. Students will be well-prepared to enter professional/graduate programs, such as ones leading to a certification as a registered dietician. In fact, the major’s curriculum was specifically designed to include the prerequisites required of many master’s programs in nutrition and dietetics. Students will be equally prepared to enter the workforce, with job prospects in public and community health, the food industry, medicine, health programming, or health research.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics “predicts employment in healthcare occupations will grow 19% over the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs.” The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners is approximately 73% higher than the median annual wage for all occupations, at approximately $62,610.00. Growth in the nutrition area, especially specialty areas such as geriatric nutrition, is expected to grow over 60% in this same time frame.
- Major or minor option
- Off-campus supervised internship program
- Work with faculty to tailor your education to your specific interests
- Utilize biological and chemical sciences as a basis for understanding the role of food and nutrients in health and disease processes at the genetic, cellular, and human body level
- Apply knowledge of the role of nutrition and healthy eating in promoting wellness and disease prevention
- Demonstrate an understanding of nutritional needs and be able to provide appropriate nutritional services and programming considering cultural/ethnic, economic, environmental, and physiological/medical needs of an individual throughout their lifespan or a group/community
- Demonstrate an understanding of public and private healthcare structures and important national and international healthcare policies related to food, nutrition, and wellness
- Develop a research proposal, conduct research, and interpret research results on topics related to food and nutrition
- Effectively communicate (written, oral, group, utilizing technology) information and research related to food and nutrition to other professionals and clients/patients
*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for healthcare occupations employment category