Undergraduate Programs in Food and Nutrition

  • Within the Medical Nutrition Therapy I class, nutrition and nursing students get hands-on experience in a simulation lab. 750px

    FROM SIM TO REAL WORLD: Students gain interdisciplinary hands-on experience in the IUP patient simulation lab working closely with nursing, theater, and speech-pathology majors.

    Expansive outlook for food and nutrition experts

    Your ability to advise people about healthy eating habits will take you far. A degree in food and nutrition gives you the skills to combat the threat of obesity, diabetes, and other disorders. It also paves the way to important positions, such as a consulting, research, policy-making, and dietetic consulting.

    The need for nutritional guidance will never go away. The growing population coupled with the necessity to create new foods means communities worldwide will forever seek the advice of experts. Your undergraduate degree will prepare you for a variety of careers in the food and nutrition industry that is expanding fast to address this nation’s health and fitness concerns.

    Why Food and Nutrition?

    Some of the highest paid food and nutrition professionals earn an annual salary of $75,000 or more. The median salary is about $53,000, and most nutritionists, dietitians, food researchers, and others typically find full-time employment. There is also the satisfaction of knowing that your expertise is helping to heal a populace that continues to struggle with an assortment of diseases that are related to eating and lifestyle habits.

    The world needs food and nutrition majors

    You are entering the world of nutrition at an important time. Statistics show that employment in the field is expected to rise by about 20 percent through 2020, a much faster pace than many other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also, new developments in the field will undoubtedly provide bigger challenges and therefore more opportunities in healthcare and related fields.

    Expected outcomes with an undergraduate degree in food and nutrition

    From the very beginning your education will mix the best classroom technologies available with community activities. As your knowledge grows, so too will your confidence in speaking with children, athletes, parents, and other groups about diet and nutrition.

    You’ll also choose a track that prepares you for your ultimate goal in the areas of nutrition, dietetics, and culinary dietetics.

    • Student organizations, such as the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND), will add another layer of learning and support to your IUP campus experience.
    • Volunteering with local institutions and events allows you to provide a service and expand your professional network.

    The IUP Difference

    Practical Applications. It is not enough to theorize about food and nutrition. The Nutrition major curriculum is designed to get you involved through engaging learning activities, simulations, and real-world practice to build your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    Faculty Counseling. Your professors will do more than feed you information. From the start of your IUP experience you’ll be assigned a faculty advisor who will help you fulfill your study and career goals.

    Careers Class. In your first semester you’ll enroll in a one-credit class that outlines your vast career possibilities, and teaches you how to make the best use of the library and new study technologies. Prepare to succeed.

    Scholarships and Internships. Explore opportunities to earn credits and professional experience, and ways to help finance your education.