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Nutrition and Food Science

Major Information

The Nutrition and Food Science major leads to varied careers in which individuals apply principles of  nutrition to plan normal and therapeutic diets as registered dietitians. Careers for registered and non registered dietitians can also be to supervise the preparation of meals or develop new food products in  various public and private institutions. The major includes three emphasis areas: Dietetics (Didactic  Program in Dietetics) (DPD) which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and  Dietetics, Community Nutrition, and Food Science/Food Systems Administration. Completion of the DPD  leads to eligibility to apply for accredited dietetic internships and subsequent national registration as a  dietitian (RD) after successfully passing the registration examination for dietitians. The Nutrition and Food  Science curriculum is focused heavily in the basic sciences (chemistry, anatomy and physiology, mathematics,  microbiology, and biochemistry). Professional coursework includes Professional Practice Strategies,  Introductory Food Science, Human Nutrition, Life Cycle Nutrition, Meal Management, Advanced Food Science,  Quantity Food Practicum, Community Nutrition, Metabolic Nutrition, Experimental Food Science, and Medical  Nutrition Therapy.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science

GPA Requirement:

  • 3.0 (Dietetics – by admission)
  • 2.0 (Community Nutrition or Food Systems Emphases)

Emphases:

  • Dietetics
  • Community Nutrition
  • Food Science/Food Systems Administration

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Dietitian/Technician 
  • Administrative Dietitian
  • Food Scientist 
  • Food Technologist 
  • Public Health Nutrition 
  • Dietetic Technician 
  • Consultant Dietitian 
  • Inspector, Food & Drug (Govt.)
  • Nutritional Consultant 
  • Chefs 
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Licensed Dietitian 
  • Clinical Dietitian 
  • Nutritionist 

Sample Work Settings

  • Media/PR firms 
  • Schools  
  • Industry 
  • Colleges & Universities 
  • Government Agencies 
  • Hospitals & Other Health Care  Facilities 
  • Food & Pharmaceutical  Businesses
  • Community & Health  Departments 
  • Food Processing Plants  Research Labs 

Sample Employers

  • Memorial Health 
  • Georgia Department of Health  USDA 
  • CSM Bakery Solutions
  • Georgia Department of  Education 
  • Waffle House 
  • Houston Healthcare 
  • DeKalb County Board of  Health 
  • Nutritious Lifestyles
  • Lifeway Foods

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15

https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/career/s tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.naceweb.org/salary resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

Institute of Food Technology (IFT) 

www.ift.org 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  

www.eatright.org

Association of Nutrition & Food Service  Professionals 

www.anfponline.org 

American Society for Clinical Nutrition 

www.nutrition.org 

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Student Dietetic Association 

Student Food Science Association

Professional Tips

  • The Dietetic emphasis requires a nationally accredited internship to be completed after graduation  to become a Registered Dietitian. It is recommended for other emphasis areas to complete at least  one internship while in school to gain relevant experience.  
  • ServSafe certification is highly required.  
  • Volunteer with related areas such as the Farmer’s Market, local food banks, etc. 

Résumé Tips

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science. 
  • Include emphasis (Dietetics, Community Nutrition, or Food Science/Food Systems Administration). •
  • Include internship experiences. Only Dietetics emphasis is required to do an internship. • Include any certifications, including ServSafe.  
  • Include shadowing/volunteer experience. 
  • Include class project experiences such as assisting with the Farmer’s Market.

Last updated: 8/1/2022