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Nutrition BS

UNC’s flexible, well-rounded nutrition program helps you discover your niche in a growing, diverse sector of the job market. You’ll find opportunities in health care, education, public health, social services, corporate wellness and the food industry, with outstanding options for postgraduate studies (including medical school).

At UNC, you’ll get personalized guidance all the way through graduation from a faculty adviser who helps you choose coursework and extracurricular activities that support your academic interests and career goals. Our small classes encourage plenty of interaction among students and faculty, and nearly every course is led by a Ph.D. professor (not a graduate student) who combines academic expertise with years of professional experience. You’ll get a practical, hands-on education that includes opportunities for community service and participation in research.

Degree Option

B.S. in Nutrition

This degree provides wide flexibility in course selection, enabling you to focus your studies on subjects that fit your career objectives and provide a strong science-base for graduate school. Common areas of focus include health care, fitness, business, food production and service. In addition, you can combine the nutrition degree with a second major in Nursing, Sports Medicine, Athletic Training or other health-related disciplines. However you structure your program, you’ll gain hands-on knowledge and skills through projects and observations in food service settings, community service programs and on-campus labs. The degree prepares you to sit for the Certified Dietary Manager exam, should you seek that credential.

Minor Option

Minor in Nutrition

The nutrition minor can be useful for students who are preparing for health-related graduate studies such as medical school, sports medicine, physical assistance, public health or similar fields. The nutrition minor consists of three core nutrition courses, one course of chemistry or biochemistry and six credits of electives.

Your Future in Nutrition

A nutrition bachelor’s degree enables you to pursue a variety of opportunities for employment and graduate studies. If you decide to enter the work force immediately after graduation, you’ll find employment opportunities in a wide range of industries, including education, food production, marketing, hospitality and public health. Increasingly, graduates are using the nutrition degree as a springboard to postgraduate programs in medicine, physician’s assistance, public health and related disciplines.

Consider UNC's Nutrition B.S. if you are:

  • Passionate about health
  • An excellent communicator
  • Interested in science
  • Like working with people
  • A team player who can collaborate with other professionals

You’ll learn:

  • Impact of nutrition on health and fitness
  • Strategies for education and behavior modification
  • Nutrition for children, mothers and aging adults
  • Food processing and production
  • Cultural and geographic factors affecting nutrition

Sample courses:

  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition Education
  • Community Nutrition
  • Lifecycle Nutrition

Beyond the Classroom

You can connect with other students and get involved in the local community via the Student Nutrition and Dietetics Association (SNDA). This large, active organization maintains a busy schedule of meetings and events, including food drives, school outreach campaigns and educational fairs. In addition, you may find opportunities at UNC to participate in faculty research as an undergraduate.

Where can your degree take you?

  • Medical school or other graduate program
  • Culinary arts
  • Health care
  • Community health and wellness
  • Food service
  • Education
  • Restaurant management or sales

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