The competitive, 54-credit Nutrition and Food Science bachelor of science major (NFS-BS), begun junior or senior year, 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 nutrition, food science and safety, food service management and community nutrition education. The major prepares 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 (DPD) at Hunter or elsewhere to become registered dietitians (RD), or pursue graduate study in allied health, social work, scientific research, or other human service professions.
Note: The NFS-BS undergraduate major is not a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) and does not prepare the student to become a registered dietitian. At Hunter, the DPD is on graduate level (NUTR-MS).