If you are interested in science and health, fascinated by food, and want to work with individuals and families, a degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences may be right for you. A solid foundation in the sciences, with courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, and statistics, prepares students for the in-depth study of food and nutrition.

In their major coursework students learn to critically evaluate food and nutrition information and research while they study.

Many of the major courses develop communications skills by providing students with opportunities to give oral presentations, teach classes, create and present scientific posters, write research papers, learn and practice counseling skills, and develop nutrition education materials as well as personal portfolios.  Students also have opportunities for internships, community service, and independent study. 

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The Food and Nutritional Science Major

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers three emphases in the Food and Nutritional Sciences major leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree. 

The Dietetics emphasis prepares students for application to a supervised dietetics internship program and for a career as a Registered Dietitian.  Additional courses in accounting, business, foodservice management, counseling and medical nutrition therapy are a part of this degree.  For a printable checklist click here PDF file

The general Food and Nutritional Sciences emphasis provides students with a broad background in food and nutrition. 
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The Nutrition in Sports and Exercise emphasis stresses the role of food and nutrition for optimal physical performance and for health and wellness.  Courses in exercise physiology, exercise science, medical nutrition therapy, and nutrition in sports and exercise are required.
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Major Status Application Due Dates: October 10, January 10, and April 10.

For a minor degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences, click here.
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Careers in Food and Nutrition
The dynamic and diverse field of food and nutrition leads to a variety of career opportunities.  Those who progress in the field of dietetics and become Registered Dietitians provide practical food, nutrition and/or management expertise in many settings including hospitals, out-patient clinics, long-term care facilities, medical offices, research centers, schools, sports clubs, fitness centers, and private practice.  Registered dietitians also manage food service operations in restaurant, health care, school, and industry settings.  Others may work in sales or develop careers as authors or editors of food and nutrition-related print media.  Graduates of the SPU Food and Nutrition program have many interesting and fulfilling jobs.  Recent employers of our graduates include:

Children's Regional Hospital and Medical Center
Lifelong AIDS Alliance
Tacoma General Hospital
Swedish Hospital and Medical Center
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
DaVita Dialysis Center
Northwest Kidney Center
Valley Medical Center
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
The City of Seattle Child Nutrition Program
Highline School District
Food Sense
Publicis Culinary & Nutrition Center

For those interested in further study, the B.S. degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences prepares you for graduate work in public health, food science, nutrition science, clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, culinary arts or other health or food-related fields.  Other possibilities include advanced studies in marketing, business education, counseling, or psychology.

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