University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Nutrition & Food Sciences (NFS) Degree

Build Flexibility into your Future

Students mixing experiment in food microbiology lab Nutrition & Food Sciences (NFS) is our most flexible major: It allows you to customize your coursework to fit your educational and career goals. As an NFS major, you will select NFS courses in addition to core college requirements.

Example of the NFS Major Academic Plan (pdf)

An NFS major is a great choice if...

You want to focus on food. An NFS degree will prepare you for a career in the commercial food processing industry, the federal government or academic research. Americans are increasingly demanding nutritious, tasty and ultra-convenient foods and, as a result, the food science field is booming. On a more sober note, the vulnerability of our food system (to food-borne illnesses and bioterrorism) demands some serious problem-solving and scientific research. An NFS major, with a focus on food science electives, will give you entry into these important careers.

You plan to become a doctor, dentist, physical therapist, or related professional. NFS is a perfect curriculum for pre-medical studies because you`ll get the same solid foundation in general and biological sciences that you would if you were to pursue a more general science, plus you'll come away with an area of expertise. Consider the role diet plays in the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. An NFS background will enable you to pursue a graduate education and a career that embraces a holistic approach to health care.

You like communicating about science more than you like "doing" it. If you see yourself in a career that involves marketing and communications centered on scientific principles, an NFS degree (combined with writing and marketing courses) could give you an added-value edge. Pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries seek out salespeople who can grasp and relay the sort of scientific information that you`ll learn as an NFS major. Textbook companies and consumer publications will see your specialized degree as an asset. Organizations that work to improve public health policies or educate communities about health and nutrition often hire individuals with nutrition degrees.

Note: If your goal, however, is to be a nutrition expert who translates cutting-edge nutrition science into practical advice about eating for better health or lose weight, a Dietetics (DNFS) degree will increase your options for employment.

Last modified April 23 2015 12:39 PM