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Build Flexibility into your Future

The B.S. in 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.

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.

*Students wishing to apply to Medical, Naturopathic, Chiropractic, oeseopathic, Dental or Graduate Schools should take:

  • Chem 031 and Chem 141 (in place of Chem 023 and Chem 042)
  • Plus use electives to take:
    • Chem 032 and Chem 142
    • Biology 001 and Biology 002
    • Physics 011 and Physics 012 (or Physics 031 and Physics 042), plus Physics labs 021 and 022
    • Math 019 and Math 020, or Math 021 and Math 022, are optional depending on the school
  • 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.

NFS Alum Career Paths:

What can you do with your NFS degree?  Here's what some of our alums are doing with their degree:

NFS Alum Career Paths >>

Learning Goals for a B.S. in NFS:

  1.  Describe and demonstrate nutrition and food science principles and concepts.
  2.  Attain the skills to learn, problem solve, think critically and work independently and cooperatively.
  3.  Cultivate values consistent with ethical practice of the disciplines of nutriton and food science.
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.



  • Magazine Food Editor
  • Food Industry Research and Development
  • Nutritionist
  • Farm to School Coordinator
  • Quality Assurance Technician

Where alumni work

  • Ben and Jerry's, Product Development
  • Perrigo Nutritionals, Quality Control Manager
  • State of Vermont, Child Nutrition Consultant
  • Kuerig Green Mountain, Sensory Support Specialist
  • York Hospital, Physical Therapist
  • IDEXX Laboratories, Medical Sales Rep

Graduate Schools

  • UVM, M.S. Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Seton Hall University, M.S. Athletic Training
  • University of Florida, M.S. Clinical Toxicology
  • Rutgers University, Accelerated Nursing Program
  • North Carolina State, M.S. Food Science