The Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) major is a diverse science-based program where students learn about nutrients, foods and their effect on health. It offers a comprehensive study of the fundamental principles of food preparation and safety, nutrition, food service management, and community nutrition education. This program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of career settings. NFS majors can work with athletes, weight control and fitness programs, special groups like WIC (Women, Infants & Children) in community settings, food service industries like hotels, airlines, universities, food service chains, and industrial cafeterias. Graduates can become food science technical specialists and conduct research, development and quality control of food products for food companies. It is also possible to use foods and nutrition knowledge for jobs in advertising, marketing and in the mass media. Students can become consultants to television programs, or write articles on food for newspapers. Students may take steps after graduation to enter a graduate didactic program in dietetics to become registered dietitians.
This is a competitive, 54-credit major and requires the following prerequisites: completion of 60 credits, including the following prerequisites: two semesters of anatomy and physiology with lab; one semester of general chemistry with lab; one semester of organic chemistry with lab; one semester of microbiology with lab; one semester of statistics, one semester of introductory food science; one semester of introductory nutrition. The prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer session preceding entrance into the major. An overall GPA (combined grade point average from all postsecondary institutions attended) of 2.8 is required for consideration. Because of the competitive nature of the applicant pool and the small size of the incoming class, the admission process may favor applicants with an overall GPA greater than 2.8.
The introductory nutrition course may be completed in the summer session preceding entrance to the program. A grade of C or better must be earned in the science and math prerequisites and a grade of B or better is required in the Nutrition and Food Science prerequisites. Classes are offered mornings and afternoons. NFS accepts students once a year in the fall semester.