Food and Nutrition

Description

The University of Alabama recognized the importance of nutrition and health for individuals and families early in its history. UA has offered students pathways to pursue studies in nutrition, dietetics, and related fields for almost 90 years. The UA Food and Nutrition major is a cornerstone program in the state of Alabama and the nation. Faculty members in the department bring years of industry and research experience to the classroom. Each student is assigned an individual faculty advisor who guides the student’s academic career during his/ her four years at the Capstone. Students also may participate in one of several student organizations within the department, each of which is guided by a faculty member. Students in Food and Nutrition all graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences. Students in the major may choose among one of four options: Didactic Program in Dietetics leading to a Dietetic Internship, Didactic Program in Dietetics only, Coordinated Program in Dietetics, and Nutrition Sciences concentration.

Interests and Skills

Food and Nutrition students typically have an aptitude for science, a concern for people, the ability to plan and direct programs, and a strong interest in food, nutrition, and health.

Degree Options

Students who complete the Coordinated Program in Dietetics during their undergraduate careers graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Students who meet the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirement and desire to pursue the eligibility pathway for the Registered Dietitian credential after completion of the undergraduate degree may apply to a Dietetic Internship. Students who complete the Nutrition Sciences concentration may pursue medical school, physical therapy school, dental school or another pre-professional program. Graduates in the major may choose to pursue a Master of Science in Human Nutrition, Health Education and Health Promotion, Exercise Science, or another area of study.

Career Opportunities

Clinical nutrition in the hospital and long-term care settings, Department of Public Health, private consulting businesses and industries, performance nutrition, the Child Nutrition Program in elementary through high school, food service management, food sales, food service equipment sales

Types of Jobs Accepted

Clinical Nutrition Manager, Certified Nutrition Support Specialist (CNSS), Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Child Nutrition, Lactation Consultant

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Food Editor, myRecipes.com; Founder, Computrition and focusGreen; Regional Manager, Frito-Lay Corporation; Account Manager, Nestle Corporation

Accreditation

The UA Department of Human Nutrition received accreditation for its distance track in the Food and Nutrition undergraduate major in 2011, and now offers both the undergraduate and graduate program in Human Nutrition via innovative distance education programs. Food and Nutrition faculty members serve the profession of dietetics at the district, state and national levels. Faculty members sit on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and have been recognized as emerging leaders in the profession.

Food and Nutrition (FN-NSFN)

Semester 1 Semester 2
EN 101 EN 102
NHM 195 NHM 101
HES 100 PY 101
CH 101 CH 102
MATH CORE HU, L, OR FA
Semester 3 Semester 4
NHM 253 BSC 216
BSC 215 LITERATURE CORE
NHM 201 HISTORY CORE
CH 231 HI OR SB CORE
FINE ARTS CORE  
Semester 5 Semester 6
NHM 361 NHM 454
NHM 363 NHM 395 (DL)
NHM 432 NHM 362
FL OR C ELECTIVE COURSES
NHM 395  
Semester 7 Semester 8
FL OR C ELECTIVE COURSES
NHM 491 ONLY TAUGHT IN SUMMER HES 310
NHM 463 ELECTIVE COURSES
NHM 465 HU, L, OR FA

Food and Nutrition (FN-DPFN)

Semester 1 Semester 2
EN 101 EN 102
NHM 195 NHM 101
HES 100 MATH CORE
CH 104 CH 105
PY 101 FA
Semester 3 Semester 4
NHM 253 BSC 216
BSC 215 NHM 201
FL OR C FL OR C
BER 345 FA, L, OR HU
HISTORY CORE NHM 373
Semester 5 Semester 6
NHM 361 NHM 454
NHM 363 NHM 362
NHM 372 NHM 365
NHM 395 LITERATURE CORE
NHM 432 NHM 374
Semester 7 Semester 8
BSC 242 HI OR SB
NHM 491 HES 310
NHM 463 HU, L, OR FA
NHM 465 NHM 495
NHM 475 HI OR SB
NHM 492 (1) FINE ART CORE
  LITERATURE CORE

Food and Nutrition (FN-DPFN (DL))

Semester 1 Semester 2
EN 101 EN 102
NHM 195 NHM 101
HES 103 MATH CORE
CH 104 CH 105
FINE ART CORE HU, L, OR FA
PY 101  
Semester 3 Semester 4
NHM 253 BSC 216
BSC 215 NHM 201
FL OR C FL OR C
BER 345 BSC 242
HISTORY CORE  
Semester 5 Semester 6
NHM 361 NHM 454
NHM 363 NHM 362
NHM 372 NHM 365
NHM 395 NHM 373
NHM 432 NHM 374
Semester 7 Semester 8
LITERATURE CORE HI OR SB
NHM 491 HES 310
NHM 463 HU, L, OR FA
NHM 465 NHM 495
NHM 475 HI OR SB

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