Nutrition and Food Science Major, Applied Nutrition and Wellness Concentration (B.S.)

In 2008, more than half of all graduates in nutrition were employed in hospitals, nursing care facilities, or offices of physicians or other health practitioners. Today, roughly 63% of nutritionist positions are specifically situated in local and state health departments, schools, public or private health agencies, and other community-based organizations that provide nutrition education, monitoring, and other supportive health care services for their target audiences.  According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for graduates with a strong background in community health and nutrition education is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

The B.S. in Nutrition with a concentration in Applied Nutrition is ideal for those individuals who are interested in working in the field of nutrition in non-clinical settings.  The curriculum gives students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in nutritional assessment and support techniques that target groups of people within a community and not just individuals.  Graduates are prepared to develop, manage and coordinate group-based nutrition education programs for a wide variety of federal-, state-, or privately-funded community-based services.

Students also have the unique opportunity to combine their coursework in nutrition with courses for other disciplines by building a minor into their major program.  Minors such as Public Health, Communication Studies, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology allow graduates to apply their knowledge of nutrition in a tangential but specialized field such as weight loss consulting, nutrition communication, public health policy and regulations, social services, elder care health services, or food retail, to name a few.

The specific objectives of the program are:

  • To prepare practitioners with skills in performing group-level nutritional needs assessments in the community.
  • To prepare practitioners with skills in analyzing gaps in existing policies and planning appropriate population-based nutrition education initiatives.
  • To prepare practitioners who are committed to social justice and the elimination of health disparities in their community using advanced-level critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • To contribute to a diverse student body representing multiple cultural, educational and other professional backgrounds.
  • To collaborate with other professionals in the field and work together to advance the standing of the applied nutrition profession.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Nutrition and Food Science Core
NUFD 130Introduction to Nutrition and Food Science Profession1
NUFD 150Food Composition and Scientific Preparation3
NUFD 153Dynamics of Food and Society3
NUFD 192Nutrition with Laboratory4
NUFD 240Sanitation Management and Food Microbiology: Certification1
NUFD 258Experimental Food Science3
NUFD 381Applied Nutrition in the Lifecycle3
NUFD 404Introduction to Research3
NUFD 452Organization and Management of Foodservice Systems3
Applied Nutrition & Wellness Concentration Required Courses
NUFD 285Nutrition in Chronic Disease Prevention3
NUFD 299Professional Development for Careers in Nutrition, Food and Wellness3
NUFD 300Fundamentals of Healthy Cuisine3
NUFD 388Nutrition for Community Fitness Programs3
NUFD 390Planning and Evaluating Programs3
NUFD 395Managing Programs3
NUFD 410Policy and Advocacy for Nutrition Based Wellness Programs3
NUFD 412Nutrition Education Techniques3
NUFD 482Nutrition Counseling3
NUFD 409Internship in Nutrition and Food Science4
or COED 401 Cooperative Education Experience I
Collateral Courses
CHEM 113Fundamentals of Chemistry4
BIOL 240Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I3
MATH 109Statistics3
FSHD 120Mindfulness: Theory, Research and Practice across the Life Course3
Required Minor or Study Abroad Experience
Select one of the required minors (see below)18
Total Credits86


In lieu of the required minor, students may complete 3  NUFD 470 (Selected Topics in Nutrition and Food Science - Sports Nutrition) for 3 credits at MSU, plus complete a Study Abroad experience at Bournemouth University for 15 credits in Sports Development and Coaching Sciences.  See department advisor for details. 

Communication Studies

CMDA 110Introduction to Communication and Media Arts3
CMDA 210Theorizing Communication and Media Arts3
CMDA 220Writing for the Media3
Select three of the following:9
Public Relations Principles
Introduction to Health Communication
Organizational Communication
Media History and Form
New Media and Participatory Culture
Communication, Media and Gender
Interpersonal Communication I
Democracy and Communication
Building Bridges through Dialogue
Intercultural Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Communication and Media Arts Activity
Total Credits18


FSHD 201Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging3
FSHD 305Death and Bereavement in the Family3
FSHD 325Adult Development and Aging3
FSHD 340Aging and Social Policy3
FSHD 360Families in Later Life3
Select one of the following:3
Health Aspects of Aging
Fitness and the Aging Process
Sociology of Health and Illness
Total Credits18


JOUR 210News Reporting: Print and Online3
JOUR 216History of Journalism in America3
JOUR 313Editing3
Select 9 semester hours of the following:9
Advanced News Reporting: Field Experience
Meet the Press
Advanced Editing
Magazine Journalism
Reporting of Public Affairs
Feature Writing
Interpretive Journalism
Total Credits18

Political Science

POLS 100Introduction to Politics3
or POLS 101 American Government and Politics
POLS 201Comparative Politics3
or POLS 202 International Relations
POLS 300Essentials of Political Thought3
Select 9 semester hours of the following:9
Perspectives on Law
International Organizations
Government and Politics of Africa
Introduction to Public Administration
Government and Politics of China and Japan
American Foreign Policy
Women in Politics
Ethnic Politics in America
Urban Politics
American Party System
Public Opinion and Pressure Groups
Politics of Development and Modernization
State and Local Government
Campaign Politics
American Political Thought
Public Personnel Administration
Governmental Budgeting
Black Politics in America
The Internet, Politics Public Policy
Seminar in Campaign Politics
Urban Administration
The American Congress
The American Presidency
Politics and Film
Law in Society: Civil Law
Law in Society: Criminal Law
American Constitutional Law: The Federal System
American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
American Public Policy
Food and Politics
Animal Rights: Law, Politics and Culture
U.S. Immigration: Law and Politics
Topics in Political Thought
Politics of Science Fiction
Theories of Political Economy
Contemporary Western European Politics
Government and Politics of India and South Asia
Government and Politics of Latin America
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Government and Politics in the Post-Soviet States
Government and Politics in the East European States
Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States
Intelligence and National Security
International Relations in Asia
Politics and Morality of War
War and International Security
Global Environmental Politics
Directed Study
Selected Topics in Political Science
Seminar and Internship in Political Science
Politics of Federal Bureaucracy
Seminar and Internship in Public Administration I
Seminar and Internship in Public Administration II
Polling in the U.S
International Law
Globalization and Security
Political Science Washington, D.C., Internship
Honors Seminar-Political Science
Total Credits18


PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 203Introduction to Psychological Research3
Select 12 semester hours of the following:12
Educational Psychology
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology
Children's Rights and Child Advocacy
Psychology of Adjustment
Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
Environmental Psychology
Psychology of Aggression
Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth
Hispanic/Latino Psychology
Psychology of the Black Experience
Psychology and Law
Psychology of Women
Psychological Aspects of Aging
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application
The Teaching of Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Health Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Social Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology
Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology
Introduction to Psychological Testing
Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
Developmental Psychology I
Contemporary Issues in Child Advocacy
Forensic Psychology
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Human Learning and Memory
Comparative Animal Behavior
Clinical Psychology
Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning
History and Systems of Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Health Psychology: Applications to the Community
Evolutionary Psychology
Systems of Psychotherapy
Psychological Anthropology
Packaged Computer Programs for Psychology
Special Topics in Psychology
Seminar in Cognitive Science
Independent Study I: Research
Independent Study II: Research
Psychology Honors I
Psychology Honors II
Total Credits18

Public Health

Required Courses
HLTH 102Introduction to Public Health3
HLTH 202Public Health Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency3
or HLTH 204 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
HLTH 330Health Education Methods3
or HLTH 365 Science of Public Health: Epidemiology
Select three of the following:9
Medical Terminology
Public Health Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency
Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Foundations of Environmental Health
Human Sexuality
Program Planning and Evaluation
Health Education Methods
Health Issues Forum
Addressing Health Disparities Through Social Justice
Health Policy and Administration
Science of Public Health: Epidemiology
Health Communication
Women's Health
School Health and Community Services
Applied Statistics for Public Health
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Advanced Methods in Health Education
Population Approaches to Diet and Activity
Health Aspects of Aging
Community Organizing and Health Advocacy
Race, Racism, and Health
Gender, Sexuality, and Health Disparities
Social Marketing
Managing Programs
Total Credits18


SOCI 100Introduction to Sociology3
Select 15 semester hours of the following:15
0-9 semester hours of the following:
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of the Family
Black Family
Individual and Society
Sociology of Leisure
Social Problems
Foundations of Sociological Inquiry
Social Structure of American Society
Men and Masculinities
Sociology of Poverty and Welfare
Sociology of Technology
Sociology of Sports
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations
Sociology of Conflict and Violence
Statistics for Social Research
6-15 hours of the following:
Sociological Research Methods I
Sociological Research Methods II
Large Scale Organizations
Sociology of Work and Professions
Sociology of Health and Illness
Directed Independent Research
Urban Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Sociological Theory: A Critical Analysis
Environmental Justice
Social Inequality
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Population
Political Sociology
Comparative Social Analysis
Sociology and Social Work
Social Change in a Global World
Senior Project
Sociology of Emotions
Social Contexts of Mental Illness and Treatment
Deviance and Social Control
Sociology of the Mass Media
Social Movements
Selected Topics in Sociology
Qualitative Research in Sociology
Sociology of Law
Sociology of Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Total Credits18