Food and Nutritional Sciences

Food and nutritional sciences are focused on human nutrition and health, food service, food safety and quality, and the science of food product development. Students take courses in chemistry, microbiology, nursing and human development, as well as nutrition and health. 

A degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences will prepare you for careers in nutrition, dietetics, health care and food services. The degree also prepares students for research and development professions that apply technology to develop new foods, and improve the quality and safety of food products and services.

The Food and Nutritional Sciences program offers the following undergraduate and graduate degrees: 

•   B.S. in Food and Nutritional Sciences, Concentration in Dietetics.* The curriculum stresses the importance and maintenance of good nutrition throughout the life cycle as it relates to health and disease. Examples of careers this major prepares you for include: clinical and wellness dietetics; food and nutritional services administration; nutrition program consultation, and more. 

•   B.S. in Food and Nutritional Sciences, Concentration in Food Science. This curriculum emphasizes the importance of product development, and emphasizes food composite sensing, processing, preservation, marketing, and food safety. This major will prepare you for careers in food technology, compliance management, food chemistry, food product development, sensory science, regulatory fields, quality assurance, food safety and inspection and more. 

•   B.S. in Food and Nutritional Sciences, Concentration in Pre-Medicine Nutrition. The curriculum provides academic preparation for students who plan to attend medical or dental school upon graduation. 

•   M.S. Food and Nutritional Sciences. This curriculum prepares graduate students for careers in research, quality control, college instruction, community nutrition, dietetics, food industries, and with Cooperative Extension and other public service agencies. 

Please contact the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences to arrange a tour of our facilities and to find out which degree is the best fit for your career goals. 

*The Food and Nutritional Sciences Dietetics Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetics Association).