Nutrition Major (B.S.)

Nutrition Major (B.S.)

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What is nutrition? It’s the study of food, the nutrients found in food, and the body’s metabolism of these nutrients to maintain and promote health. Nutrition is an interdisciplinary science based on biochemistry and physiology, but can also be enriched with sociology, psychology, molecular biology, and genetics.

At UNH, you have three curriculum options for pursuing a bachelor's degree in nutrition. These are:

  1. The Dietetics Option is the first step to becoming a registered dietitian. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) curriculum is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). It prepares you for a dietetic internship.
  2. The Nutrition and Wellness Option provides a foundation in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology and includes courses on stress, wellness, and exercise science. Students gain real-world experience providing hands-on nutrition and health guidance.
  3. The Nutritional Sciences Option provides an extensive background in biology, chemistry, physiology, nutrition, biochemistry and physics, and includes courses on nutritional assessment, life cycle nutrition, nutrition and health and careers in nutrition.

Most students declare an option within the nutrition major during the second semester of their sophomore year.

What is nutrition?

Nutrition is the study of food and its relationship to human health. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nutrition at UNH have three specialization options to choose from: dietetics, which is geared toward students interested in becoming registered dietitians; nutrition and wellness, which prepares students for work in fields ranging from fitness to community health; and nutritional sciences, which prepares students for further study in areas such as medicine or physical therapy, or for technically oriented jobs in science.

Why study nutrition at UNH?

The nutrition program at UNH opens pathways to a wide range of careers while providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between food, metabolism, nutrients and our health. Our degree options provide opportunities for hands-on learning through a variety of internships and research. The UNH-in-Italy program allows students to experience the medieval city of Ascoli Piceno while studying English-language courses that explore the links between food culture, sustainable agriculture and the policies and issues impacting the food system.

Potential careers

  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical dietitian
  • Dietary counselor
  • Educator
  • Food product development scientist
  • Hospital or care facility consultant
  • Nutrition writer
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Registered dietitian
  • Regulatory affairs specialist
  • Researcher
  • Sports dietitian
  • Wellness consultant

Contact

Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
University of New Hampshire
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2130

Connect with us

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    Daniel Kahn graduated from UNH in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. The only person in his immediate family in the healthcare field, Daniel has been a nurse practitioner since 2016.
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    Daniel Kahn graduated from UNH in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. The only person in his immediate family in the healthcare field, Daniel has been a nurse practitioner since 2016.
  • Nutrition Degree Prepared Alum for Chiropractic Career
    George Jumpp graduated in 2014 with a degree in nutritional sciences and went on to earn a doctorate in chiropractic. An accomplished member of UNH’s track team, George credits chiropractic care with contributing to his success as an athlete. The apex of George’s track career came unexpectedly on...
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  • Group Aims to Improve Assessment of Athletes’ Physical and Nutritional Health
    Tiana DiBenedetto ‘20, Sophie Kenny ‘20, Madeline Quigley ’20 and Briannah DeLorme ’20 have won first place in the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) undergraduate poster category.
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    Tiana DiBenedetto ‘20, Sophie Kenny ‘20, Madeline Quigley ’20 and Briannah DeLorme ’20 have won first place in the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) undergraduate poster category.

Curriculum & Requirements

Nutrition is the study of food, the nutrients found in food, and the body’s metabolism of these nutrients to maintain and promote health. Nutrition is an interdisciplinary science based on biochemistry and physiology, but also integrates sociology, psychology, molecular biology, and genetics.

Students have three curriculum options within the major to pursue a bachelor's degree in nutrition. The option is declared within the nutrition major after their second semester in the program. Options include:

  • Dietetics option - is the first step to becoming a registered dietitian. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) curriculum is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). It prepares you for a dietetic internship.
  • Nutrition and Wellness option - provides a foundation in chemistry, anatomy, physiology and microbiology and includes courses on stress, wellness and exercise science. Students gain real-world experience providing hands-on nutrition and health guidance.
  • Nutritional Sciences option - provides a comprehensive background in biology, chemistry, physiology, nutrition, biochemistry and physics, and includes courses on nutritional assessment, life cycle nutrition, nutrition and health and careers in nutrition.

The program prepares students for success by offering real-world learning opportunities throughout the curriculum. These opportunities include applied research, field experiences, internships, community engagement, and study abroad offerings. Our diverse group of faculty are dedicated to student success in and outside of the classroom. Coursework supports diverse postgraduate pathways including dietetic internships, allied health programs, medical and dental schools and graduate school. The rigorous curriculum is designed to offer a science-based foundation and foster critical-thinking and strong communication skills for future professional success of our students.

Students take 16-18 credits per semester. All students complete foundational courses in the sciences, nutrition core courses, and additional option-specific requirements as noted in the program descriptions (i.e. Dietetics, Nutrition and Wellness, and Nutritional Sciences). Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. 

NUTR courses:
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
NUTR 401Professional Perspectives on Nutrition1
NUTR 476Nutritional Assessment4
NUTR 650Life Cycle Nutrition4
Foundation courses:
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
SOC 400Introductory Sociology4
or PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology
Statistics course4

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Initial Admission to the major as a First-year or Transfer Student

Students entering the University as first-year or transfer students may declare Nutrition as part of the UNH admission process.  First-year and transfer students who are admitted directly into Nutrition will be assigned an academic faculty advisor who will work with you throughout your course of study.

Declaring the Major as a Continuing Student within UNH

We welcome applications from UNH students who wish to transfer to the Nutrition Major from other degree programs. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

The following guidelines will be used in review of submissions from UNH students wishing to transfer into the Nutrition Program.

Transfer Requirements for Existing UNH Students

All students wishing to transfer into the Nutrition Program must have:

  1. Earned a minimum of 12 UNH credits
  2. Completed or be enrolled in NUTR 400 and NUTR 401

All students may transfer into one of the following:

  • Nutrition: No Option
  • Nutrition: Nutrition & Wellness
  • Nutrition: Nutritional Sciences

Students interested in transferring into the Nutrition: Dietetics Option, must also meet the following 3 requirements:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.2
  2. Minimum earned grade in introductory nutrition (e.g. NUTR 400) = B
  3. Minimum earned grade in one semester of chemistry w/lab or anatomy/physiology with lab = C+

To facilitate a change of major into Nutrition, students will submit an application requesting the transfer from another degree program.

 

Students admitted to the Nutrition major at UNH are required to declare, and be formally admitted into, one of the following options:

Nutrition majors designate an option once they have successfully completed: 1) NUTR 400, 2) NUTR 401, & 3) BMS 507 or CHEM 403 (CHEM 411 for Wellness).

CHANAS is a wonderful venue for those interested in undergraduate and graduate research projects. Each semester UNH students work as research assistants for the project and, in the process, gain valuable research and clinical skills.

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The Pre-Health Advising Office provides support throughout the process of preparing for health professions school from advising on the courses they should take to helping navigate through the complex steps of the application process.

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