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B.S. in Nutrition, Nutrition Track

The nutrition track allows students to plan a degree program based upon career goals other than becoming a registered dietitian. This track is desgined to help you develop a basic knowledge in nutrition, and allows you to select a related discipline as a second major, minor, or core concentration. Some of the career opportunities include public health, food service administration, culinary arts, journalism, communications, business, and gerontology.

Students who wish to pursue preparation for a master's level education in food and nutrition research, with the selection of the Natural Science Option II plus the Nutrition Track, would acquire a background in the basic sciences that give a solid foundation for theoretical and applied food science and nutrition.

Graduates of both the Dietetics and Nutrition tracks will:

  • Have an in-depth knowledge of food, nutrition, and behavioral sciences.
  • Acquire the ability to apply these theories utilizing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to improve the quantity and quality of food and nutrition for people now and in the future
  • Understand relationships among academic disciplines (i.e., the natural sciences, including chemistry, physiology, and biochemistry) and apply these scientific principles to the practice of nutrition and dietetics
  • Translate the role of nutrients and healthy food preparation for health and well-being
  • Provide effective nutrition education to individuals and groups
  • Know the roles, responsibilities, and competencies needed by therapeutic, administrative, and community dietitians
  • Exhibit leadership and team-building skills
  • Understand science and technology in order to perform effectively in the workplace and as citizens in a world increasingly shaped by technology and faced with social dilemmas stemming from scientific advances
  • Utilize appropriate technologies within the discipline
  • Think critically, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, analyze information, make decisions, and solve problems in a rapidly changing nation and world
  • Be able to work with diverse populations in a global economy
  • Continue in lifelong learning
  • Meet the basic requirements for graduate study in nutrition and related areas

For more information, see the 2011–2012 Food and Nutrition Department Undergraduate Student Handbook and the IUP Office of Admissions homepage.


  • Food and Nutrition Department
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 102
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4440
  • Fax: 724-357-3007
  • Semester Office Hours
  • Monday–Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.– Noon
  • 1:00–4:30 p.m.