The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Obesity and heart disease. Sugar and diabetes. Food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies. Nutritionists study the relationship between food and health challenges like these to help people improve their health.

UMass Amherst’s BS in nutrition develops an understanding of everything from the body’s basic nutrient needs to how economic and other factors affect food access. The 120-credit program offers three tracks: dietetics, nutrition and health sciences, and nutrition and society.

The dietetics track satisfies the requirements to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Nutrition and health sciences satisfies most prerequisites for pre-med, pre-dental, and other pre-health pursuits. Nutrition and society is ideal for post-grad nursing, secondary science education, and physician assistant programs.

Understanding nutrition concepts requires a strong science background, and students will complete a core of science courses in addition to nutrition coursework.

If you have an aptitude for science and like to work with people, the field of nutrition offers a unique opportunity to apply your talents on a personal level by helping people.