Nutrition/Food Studies

All of us must eat and drink, and do so daily to obtain the energy and nutrients we need for growth and health, and to enjoy the social and cultural experiences we strongly associate with food. The study of nutrition and food provides a solid academic education and practical training for a variety of career opportunities. These fields also encompass some of the most critically important – and hotly debated – issues affecting modern society, among them world hunger and problems related to safety, bioengineering, and globalization of food. Through positions in health care, business, government service, private practice, the food and food service industries, and educational and community programs, nutrition and food professionals help individuals and the public make better informed choices about food and nutritional health.

The undergraduate program in Nutrition and Food Studies has two concentrations from which students can choose: Nutrition and Dietetics, preparing students for dietetic internships to become eligible for registered dietetian (RD) credentials, or Food Studies.  

In addition, the department offers minors in Nutrition and Food Studies, for students of other majors who wish to learn about either area.