Degree: Bachelor of Science
Head of Department: Professor Cohen. Professor Cunningham; Associate Professors Anliker, Carbone, Wood; Assistant Professors Kannan, Kim, Ronnenberg; Research Associate Professor Beffa-Negrini; Lecturers Dowd, Norton.
The department offers the major in Human Nutrition at the undergraduate level and additional courses for non-majors. It also supervises federally funded statewide nutrition education programs which offer the possibility of work experience for advanced undergraduates. Variable credit seminars, special problems, senior honors, research experience, and field study courses are offered each semester, many by individual arrangement, others for senior majors only. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education.
Human nutrition is the science of food in its relation to human health. Studies in nutrition focus upon the nutrients in foods, their actions, interactions, and balance in relation to health and disease; and the processes of ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, utilization, and excretion of nutrients and other components in food. In addition, nutrition studies explore the social, economic, cultural, and psychological factors that influence the selection, preparation, consumption, or utilization of foods by individuals and population groups. The adverse effects of nutritional variation are not limited to one segment of society. Diabetes, obesity, and chronic diseases, along with malnutrition, hunger, and deficiency diseases, are present worldwide. Nutritionists must also consider the hazards of residues or contaminants in the food supply. Interdisciplinary training is required to equip nutritionists with the ability to assess nutritional needs, provide counseling and education, and implement a dietary plan compatible with the optimal health of individuals or groups.
A bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition meets the education requirements for licensure as a nutritionist or dietitian in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
Additional courses: Students who wish to become Registered Dietitians should also take the following courses in order to be eligible to receive a DPD Verification Statement.
PSYCH 100 Elementary Psychology
To become a Registered Dietitian, this option must be followed by a supervised practice program approved or accredited by the American Dietetic Association. Acceptance into these programs (e.g., Dietetic Internships) is competitive and follows completion of the B.S. degree. Early consultation with an adviser is highly recommended.
Numerous career options for nutritionists range from improving personal dietary practices to the pursuit of new knowledge through research. Opportunities can be found in health care facilities, the food industry, educational or research institutions, and community service agencies.
The minor is particularly relevant for students who want to apply their science training to the practical problems of human health.
1. Satisfactory completion of the following
2. The following major courses: