Nutrition

Department Chair: Jayne Byrne

Faculty: Laura Bauer, Jayne Byrne, Bernadette Elhard, Alexa Evenson, Mark Glen, Emily Heying, Linda Shepherd

The study of Nutrition investigates the ways in which food promotes the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and the environment. Focused academic inquiry in food and nutrition is interdisciplinary and is complemented by and integrated with disciplines such as biology, chemistry, communication, economics, environmental studies, exercise science, psychology and sociology.  The Nutrition Department offers a major in Nutrition, a minor in Nutrition, and an area of concentration in Dietetics through the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All Nutrition majors complete a set of required foundation courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and nutrition. Additional course work is selected based on the area of student interest, area of concentration, and/or pre-requisite guidelines for post-graduate education. The Nutrition major prepares students for a variety of career options or graduate study.  Examples of professional areas that Nutrition majors pursue post-graduation include: Dietetics, Public Health, Food Service Management in education, health care and private industry, Public Policy, Health Education and Wellness.  Graduate education often pursued by Nutrition majors includes professions such as Medicine, Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Dentistry, Chiropractic medicine, Health Care Administration and Law, and graduate studies in Food Science, Food Studies, Nutrition, and Public Health.

Overview of Program

Through the selection of an area of concentration, students will be prepared to pursue the credential of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, to apply to a variety of graduate programs, or to seek a wide variety of career options.

Flexible curriculum makes it possible to study abroad, double-major, or complete a variety of minors.