The Nutrition Major offers three tracks, each designed for students with different interests and career goals. Below are general descriptions of each track. Click on the track names to read more detailed descriptions, including course requirements and typical course sequences.
The Dietetics track is also referred to as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) because it satisfies the curriculum required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). It is one of only four DPD programs in Massachusetts accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Many RDNs work in clinical settings as allied health professionals, vital members of healthcare teams in most health care facilities. They also apply their expertise in public health, community health, food service, fitness, sports, and private sector wellness programs and facilities.
The Nutrition and Health Sciences track satisfies most course requirements for pre-med, pre-dental, pre-PA and several other pre-health pursuits. For more information about being a pre-health profession nutrition major, visit our pre-health professions page. This track is also a good choice for students interested in a career in scientific research or a graduate degree in a biomedical science.
The Nutrition and Society track is well-suited for students planning on applying to post-grad nursing or secondary science education programs. It also satisfies most requirements for entry to physician assistant programs. Students on this track gain a strong base of knowledge in nutrition science while being guided toward a career path that can encompass general health and well-being of individuals and communities. It prepares students to pursue careers or graduate training in international nutrition, public health, community health, fitness and wellness, social work, and education. Because it is the most flexible track, Nutrition and Society works well as a double major.
Declaring a track: We require that you declare a track by your junior year but you can declare one any time before then by telling your primary advisor. To declare the dietetics track, you must have Nutrition 230 completed. Talking with your advisors and professors, taking Nutrition 201: Introduction to the Professions, interviewing professionals and gaining field experiences are things you can do to help you decide which track is best for you.