University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Nutrition and Food Sciences Department

Contact Information

University of Vermont
Nutrition and Food Sciences Department
Carrigan Wing
109 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405-0086

Phone: (802) 656-3374
Fax: (802) 656-0001

Web Site Link out of catalogue site.


The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS) prepares students to enter the rapidly expanding field of dietetics, food science, nutrition, health, and fitness. Nutrition and Food Science, unique in fields of study, are rooted in the physiological, chemical, and biochemical sciences but are comprehensive in scope since they integrate knowledge learned in the social and psychological sciences. Through formal course work, field experience, and independent research, students prepare themselves in the biochemical, psychological, and socioeconomic aspects of diet, nutrition and foods. Thus NFS majors are able to meet the current and future needs in nutrition and food science and assume innovative, leadership roles in society and industry.

The credits earned in NFS provide background in preventive and therapeutic nutrition as well as nutrient requirements for human growth, development, health, and fitness throughout the life cycle. Other courses focus on the physical, chemical, and nutritional properties of food, food safety, and consumer aspects of food related to socioeconomic status, life style, cultural beliefs, and health. Although a series of courses providing knowledge in these areas is required of all majors, each student has a generous amount of free elective credits to pursue personal interests.

Department majors may elect to meet the undergraduate requirements needed for admission to medical schools (including naturopathic, chiropractic, or osteopathic) or graduate school in nutrition, food science, or dietetics. Depending on current interests and future plans, majors may select one of two departmental majors: Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Sciences, or Nutrition and Food Sciences.



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