Nutrition Track/Nutrition, BS

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    Our program is a recipe for professional success

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition achieved through pursuit of the Nutrition Track prepares you for a professional role in public health, food service administration, culinary arts, journalism, communications, business, and gerontology. This degree is also a good preparation for furthering your education with graduate studies.

    You will develop basic nutrition knowledge as a foundation for professional advancement as a nutrition major at IUP. Among the classes you’ll take are Careers in Food and Nutrition, Experimental Foods, Human Food Consumption Patterns, and Nutrition in Disease I. The Natural Science courses required for this degree are flexible to fit your academic needs.

    The nutrition track is designed as a solid education in nutrition combined with a related discipline as a subject minor or core concentration. Your options for minors are biology, business administration, chemistry, communications media, educational technology, journalism, psychology, and psychological science.

    You can also pursue a certificate in Culinary Arts or Gerontology, or concentrations in Hospitality Management or Physical Education and Sport.

    IUP has educated more than 1,000 dietitians and nutritionists over the past 30 years.

    Graduates of the Nutrition Track 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