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Nutrition and Food Science majors impact the daily lives of every individual on the planet because, well, everyone eats. In the Nutrition and Food Science major, you will learn how to help people eat foods that promote health and sustainability through strong, science-based foundations in biology, chemistry, and health sciences. Professors and staff within the major envision learning as not only a lifelong pursuit, but also a partnership with you and your goals.
In the major, you’ll choose from five concentrations, each allowing you to tailor your degree to your interests and career aspirations (examples of career fields include medical and dental, dietetics, food safety, wellness, food industry, product development, or research). No matter which concentration you choose, you’ll be given tools to explore and expand your knowledge. Here are three reasons the students in the Nutrition and Food Science major excel in their fields of choice.
#1. Undergraduate research opportunities
You can work directly with professors and learn skills, such as creativity, problem solving, and communication that translate to any career. One place where this work takes place is the Functional Foods and Human Health Lab. There are several other labs around nutrition and food science, as well.
#2. Hands-on experience through classes, internships, and paid work
You can gain valuable experience working in actual laboratories and internships in food service, clinical nutrition, and community nutrition. Our facilities such as the Medical Nutrition Therapy Lab and the Gifford Kitchen Laboratory ensure you will have many opportunities to apply what you learn in the classroom.
#3. Community engagement and interactive learning
Nutrition and Food Science provides unique opportunities for you to interact with the community via the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center and CSU’s food safety and nutrition extension team.
Want to learn about the major from a student who’s been there? Read Annie’s story on how she decided to major in Nutrition and Food Science.