College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

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, 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:

  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Food And Nutritional Sciences (Food Science) 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.
  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Food And Nutritional Sciences (Human Nutrition) curriculum stresses the importance and maintenance of good nutrition throughout the life cycle as it relates to health and disease. Students selecting this concentration will choose to focus on nutrition or pre-medicine. The nutrition cognate provides academic preparation for students who plan to work in careers including nutrition education, community nutrition, school nutrition or Cooperative Extension, as well as preparation for students who plan to attend graduate school to become Registered Dietitians. The pre-medicine cognate prepares students who plan to attend medical or dental school upon graduation.
  • The Master of Science (M.S.) - Food and Nutritional Sciences curriculum prepares graduate students for careers in research, quality control, college instruction, community nutrition, 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.