Nutrition majors learn how food and nutrients aid human growth, human development, health, and disease prevention. Graduates from this major often work in professions where they assess people's nutritional needs or manage nutritional programs.


What can I specialize in with this major?

Students in the Nutrition major choose one of these tracks:

  • Nutrition Studies: This is a popular and relatively flexible track. Students in this track take core courses in Nutrition, but you also have more electives, meaning you can study other topics that interest you. You may want to use your elective classes to study a topic that complements nutrition, such as food safety, food-service management, public policy, health education, government regulation, culinary science, and more.

  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD): This is for students who eventually want to become a registered dietitian.

  • Nutritional Science: This track is geared toward students who want to pursue graduate degrees in health fields such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, research, and more. To prepare students for graduate programs, this track includes advanced science and math courses.

What jobs can I get with this major?

Students who major in Nutrition may go on to work in food companies, education, healthcare, government agencies, fitness programs, and much more. Career areas include nutrition education, food sales, food labeling, food production and development, food safety and inspections, sports nutrition, food-service management, and dietetics. Some of these fields may require an advanced Nutrition degree.

See sample jobs titles and career information from the Career and Internship Services office. This office provides professional career counselors to all CFANS students.

Why choose CFANS for this major?

The CFANS Nutrition Program is the home of nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are leaders in their fields. When you graduate from CFANS, you'll be connected to a broad and helpful network in the world of food and nutrition.

CFANS is also proud to house the Dairy Food Products Salesroom, which includes items produced by students in classes and research. It draws customers from throughout the region, and is particularly famous for its cheese and ice cream.

What classes are required? What's the curriculum like?

This major includes core classes in biology, chemistry, food safety, nutrition principles, communication, and more. All Nutrition students—in all tracks—take the same core courses. You will then have the flexibility to tailor the major to your career interests or to preparation for graduate school.

Find program requirements for this major in the University Catalog. For more information about each Nutrition track, see the Nutrition Major section on the CFANS Department of Food Science and Nutrition website.

After you're admitted to CFANS, you'll work with an academic advisor to enroll in classes that fulfill this major's requirements. Your CFANS advisors will help guide you toward academic success.