Nutrition

Department Chair: Mark Glen

Faculty: Laura Bauer, 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, complemented by biology, chemistry, mathematics, and psychology, to name a few.

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 student's concentration or pre-requisite guidelines for post-graduate education.  The department has developed Advising Tracks as an aid to guide students into appropriate courses based on their future goals.

A 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, Public Policy, Health Education, and Wellness.  Graduate education our majors have pursued include areas such as Nutrition, Public Health, Medicine, Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Chiropractic, Food Science, Food Studies, Health Care Administration, and Law.

Overview of Program

A major in Nutrition can lead you in many positive directions.  A Nutrition major can prepare a student for a food service management career, start a student on the path to any pre-professional program--PT, OT, medical school, PA school, or other graduate studies--or prepare one for other great career options.  The Dietetics concentration starts students on the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.   

Flexible curriculum makes it possible to study abroad, double-major, or complete another minor.