Nutrition and Food Science Major, Applied Nutrition and Wellness Concentration (B.S.)

In 2008, more than half of all graduates in nutrition were employed in hospitals, nursing care facilities, or offices of physicians or other health practitioners. Today, roughly 63% of nutritionist positions are specifically situated in local and state health departments, schools, public or private health agencies, and other community-based organizations that provide nutrition education, monitoring, and other supportive health care services for their target audiences.  According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for graduates with a strong background in community health and nutrition education is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

The B.S. in Nutrition with a concentration in Applied Nutrition is ideal for those individuals who are interested in working in the field of nutrition in non-clinical settings.  The curriculum gives students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in nutritional assessment and support techniques that target groups of people within a community and not just individuals.  Graduates are prepared to develop, manage and coordinate group-based nutrition education programs for a wide variety of federal-, state-, or privately-funded community-based services.

Students also have the unique opportunity to combine their coursework in nutrition with courses for other disciplines by building a minor into their major program.  Minors such as Public Health, Communication Studies, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology allow graduates to apply their knowledge of nutrition in a tangential but specialized field such as weight loss consulting, nutrition communication, public health policy and regulations, social services, elder care health services, or food retail, to name a few.

The specific objectives of the program are:

  • To prepare practitioners with skills in performing group-level nutritional needs assessments in the community.
  • To prepare practitioners with skills in analyzing gaps in existing policies and planning appropriate population-based nutrition education initiatives.
  • To prepare practitioners who are committed to social justice and the elimination of health disparities in their community using advanced-level critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • To contribute to a diverse student body representing multiple cultural, educational and other professional backgrounds.
  • To collaborate with other professionals in the field and work together to advance the standing of the applied nutrition profession.

Program Requirements

Students must complete General Education requirements and World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Nutrition and Food Science Core
NUFD 130Introduction to Nutrition and Food Science Profession1
NUFD 150Food Composition and Scientific Preparation3
NUFD 153Dynamics of Food and Society3
NUFD 192Nutrition with Laboratory4
NUFD 240Sanitation Management and Food Microbiology: Certification1
NUFD 258Experimental Food Science3
NUFD 381Applied Nutrition in the Lifecycle3
NUFD 404Introduction to Research3
NUFD 452Organization and Management of Foodservice Systems3
Applied Nutrition & Wellness Concentration Required Courses
NUFD 285Nutrition in Chronic Disease Prevention3
NUFD 299Professional Development for Careers in Nutrition, Food and Wellness3
NUFD 300Fundamentals of Healthy Cuisine3
NUFD 388Nutrition for Community Fitness Programs3
NUFD 390Planning and Evaluating Programs3
NUFD 395Managing Programs3
NUFD 410Policy and Advocacy for Nutrition Based Wellness Programs3
NUFD 412Nutrition Education Techniques3
NUFD 482Nutrition Counseling3
NUFD 409Internship in Nutrition and Food Science4
or COED 401 Cooperative Education Experience I
Collateral Courses
CHEM 113Fundamentals of Chemistry4
BIOL 240Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I3
STAT 109Statistics3
FSHD 120Mindfulness: Theory, Research and Practice across the Life Course3
Required Minor or Study Abroad Experience
Select one of the required minors (see below)18
Total Credits86


In lieu of the required minor, students may complete 3  NUFD 470 (Selected Topics in Nutrition and Food Science - Sports Nutrition) for 3 credits at MSU, plus complete a Study Abroad experience at Bournemouth University for 15 credits in Sports Development and Coaching Sciences.  See department advisor for details. 

Business Minor

Communication Studies Minor

Entrepreneurship Minor

Gerontology Minor

Political Science Minor

Psychology Minor

Public Administration Minor

Social Work Minor

Sociology Minor

Sports Nutrition Minor