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BS, Nutrition and Food Studies

The undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Food Studies has two concentrations from which you can choose: Food Studies or Nutrition and Dietetics. The former concentration explores the American food system; the latter investigates the role of nutrition and health in society.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Studies

Format
Full-time or Part-time
Credits
128
Start Date
Fall
Application Deadlines
Early Decision 1
Regular Decision and Early Decision 2
Internal Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications

Concentration Options

The concentration in Food Studies explores the cultural, historical, and sociological aspects of food, production, and consumption. Employing approaches from the humanities and social sciences, the degree prepares you to analyze the current American food system, its global connections, and local alternatives. Core courses within the concentration focus on critical thinking and writing about food.

Food is a multibillion-dollar annual industry. Career opportunities in food-related professions are expanding rapidly. Employers increasingly seek university graduates with educational experience in liberal arts, food, nutrition, and management.

The Nutrition and Dietetics concentration focuses on the role of food, nutrition, and health in society. Integrating knowledge and research into course work, the degree will provide you with an understanding of basic sciences and theoretical and applied aspects of nutrition and dietetics.

This degree concentration fully meets the foundation knowledge and learning outcomes in the Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation standards established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

These standards are known collectively as the Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) and they are met by taking the full set of courses required for the Bachelor of Science degree. Learn more about the NYU Steinhardt DPD.

As a result, the concentration not only prepares you for entry-level positions in businesses that involve food and nutrition, but also for dietetic internships that enable you to then take the Registered Dietitian (RD) examination. Learn more about how to become a Registered Dietitian.

Registered dietitians hold jobs as:

  • Clinical dietitians or managers of nutrition programs in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, health professions schools, and other health care settings
  • Nutrition educators in health care, community, corporate, elementary and secondary schools, or academic agencies and institutions
  • Members of clinical specialty teams in pediatrics, surgery, cardiovascular, renal, and other medical care services
  • Counselors of patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.
  • Private nutrition consultants to the public, government and private agencies, and the food industry
  • Public relations, media, and product development executives, staff, and consultants in private and public agencies, institutions, and media outlets

Download the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Handbook.

Why Study Nutrition and 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 the 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.

Questions 

If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Sean Spellman at sean.spellman@nyu.edu.

Please Note

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is updating its requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian. As a result, undergraduates applying to begin this major in Fall 2020 will need to obtain a master’s degree to be eligible to take the registered dietitian examination. To enable undergraduates to progress smoothly toward Registered Dietitian credentials, our department is developing an option to complete a 5-year combined BS/MS degree.

Accreditation

The Nutrition and Dietetics Undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) HONF-RDS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 1-800-877-1600).

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