Nutrition and Food Sciences BS

Total Units Required: 120

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The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences prepares students to apply their knowledge and skills for careers that require a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credential, other nutrition-related careers, and careers in nutrition management. 

The option in food and nutrition communication. Food impacts all of our lives in many ways, and students in this program explore the role of food in our lives, with a focus on nutrition and food to promote healthy living. Graduates develop skills in working in communication, such as public health and promotion, outreach and education, community nutrition, sports nutrition, and cultivating healthy living throughout the lifecycle. Majors can pursue specific areas of interest within the broad scope of food and nutrition. This option also serves students pursuing health care careers, including nursing and physician’s assistant.

The option in nutrition management. Students are prepared for exciting careers in nutrition and foodservice management in both commercial and health care settings. Graduates acquire the skills and knowledge for management of nutrition and foodservice operations, financial management, food safety and sanitation, meal planning for regular diets and various disease conditions, and marketing. This option prepares students to serve culturally diverse clientele and work with culturally diverse employees and engages students in hands-on foodservice-related experiences. Employment opportunities include but are not limited to certified dietary manager, school nutrition specialist, child nutrition director, foodservice director in a health care setting, quality assurance/food safety inspector, health inspector, food and beverage supervisor, and foodservice consultant.

The option in general dietetics. This option provides a broad educational background to develop competent and productive students in preparation for a dietetic internship (DI) leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Students are prepared to serve a culturally diverse community by engaging in pre-professional nutrition-related activities that serve Northern California while using resources in a sustainable manner. Employment opportunities include but are not limited to hospitals or other health care facilities, sports nutrition or corporate wellness, food and nutrition-related business and industries, private practice, and community and public health settings.