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 food and its 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. This is accomplished through the application of a variety of sciences. Students who like physical and biological sciences, are interested in good health, enjoy working with people, and are concerned about the nutritional well-being of people and communities will find interesting and challenging career opportunities within health care fields or in the food industry. The NFS major at Hunter develops these interests and prepares students for challenging opportunities after graduation.
This major is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce directly out of college. The BS in NFS may be a terminal degree, or NFS graduates may elect to continue on for additional education. Students in the NFS major will take courses in nutrition, food science, food service management, research methods, community nutrition education, and epidemiology.
Along with providing students with a good preparation in nutrition, this major is also a good undergraduate preparation for those who might want to go into allied health fields, social work, or other human service professions. The elective courses also allows these undergraduate students who may wish to pursue medicine, nursing, physical therapy or other health careers to take additional science and other pre-requisite coursework for those programs.
What can I do with a Nutrition and Food Science degree?
The BS in NFS degree provides graduates with a wide variety of career opportunities. Foods and nutrition majors frequently work with athletes, weight control and fitness programs, or other special groups like WIC (Women, Infants & Children in community settings. Industries like hotels, airlines, universities, food service chains, and industrial cafeterias employ food service managers. 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.
The Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) major is a comprehensive study of nutrition and food science. The program is geared to students who are inclined toward the physical and biological sciences, and who are concerned about the health and nutritional well-being of people and communities. While the major is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce directly out of college in the health and wellness area, the academically rigorous curriculum also prepares students for further study, in nutrition and dietetics, food science, research, public and/or allied health.
Nutrition & Food Science is a part of Hunter’s School of Urban Public Health (UPH). NFS classes meet typically once a week at our Silberman departmental campus, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th Street). Students enter the program in the fall semester and can attend on a full-time or part-time basis during the day. It is recommended that the Hunter Core Requirement - Fall 2013 to Spring 2019 be met before entrance into the NFS major.
Note: The NFS-BS at Hunter College is not a Didactic Program (DPD) in dietetics, leading to the Registered Dietitian (RD). At Hunter/UPH, the DPD is offered at the graduate level.
Requirements for admission into the NFS major are completion of at least 45 credits, including the following courses: two semesters of anatomy and physiology with lab BIOL 12000 and BIOL 12200 or equivalents; one semester of general chemistry with lab CHEM 10000 (STEM) and CHEM 10100 or CHEM 10200 (STEM) , CHEM 10400 (STEM) , CHEM 10600 (STEM) or equivalents,; one semester of organic chemistry with lab CHEM 12000 (STEM) and CHEM 12100 (STEM) or CHEM 22200 and CHEM 22300 or equivalents; ; one semester of microbiology with lab BIOL 23000 or equivalent; one semester of statistics STAT 11300 or STAT 21300 (STEM) ; one semester of introductory food science NFS 13100 ; one semester of introductory nutrition NFS 14100 . A grade of C or better must be earned in all science requirements, and a grade of B or better in the two nutrition and food science courses.
The above courses must be completed by the end of the summer session preceding entrance into the NFS 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.
We encourage prospective students to review our website, and to attend an NFS information session held several times throughout the year. Please see http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/nutrition.
Both current Hunter and transfer students must submit a departmental online application open at the UPH/NFS website between Jan 1-Feb 28 for the following Fall semester. Only applicants who will complete all pre-major requirements should complete this application. Note: students may not use/accept Hunter’s paper major/minor selection/change form to apply for the NFS major. In addition to our UPH/NFS application, transfer students must file a City University of New York (CUNY) Transfer (Advanced Standing) application in accordance with CUNY requirements and deadlines. Fall transfer students who will not complete required courses by their entering semester may transfer to Hunter, but should initially select a major for which they qualify upon transfer.
See: http://www.cuny.edu. For additional information the major, including curriculum, see the UPH website: www.hunter.cuny.edu/uph