Nutrition Science

The Nutrition Science program focuses on nutrition, dietetics, and health promotion. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in the sciences while also developing a student’s communication skills, critical thinking, and teamwork and leadership abilities. The program fosters a global and holistic understanding of the interrelationships between human nutrition, wellness, and food. Students pursuing a degree in nutrition science learn to plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs that assist in the promotion of health and control disease. Graduates will progress to supervised practice, health- or science-related professions, graduate school, or a nutrition-related profession.

FAST FACTS

Courses taught by registered dietitians with clinical experience.

One of the only undergraduate Nutrition Science major programs taught within the Health at Every Size® (HAES) Framework.

The median pay in 2019 for dietitians and nutritionists was $61,270 per year, with 74,200 jobs and an 8% growth rate projected for 2019-2029.

What You'll Study

You’ll study components of nutrition science, food science, lifecycle nutrition, sports nutrition, and medical nutrition therapy.

You can expect outstanding academic advising, student-centered learning, an experiential education, and engagement in scientific inquiry.

Beyond the Classroom

Students will gain real-world experience through internships in settings such as hospitals, community centers, homeless shelters, and nursing homes as well as health and wellness centers.

After Graduation

The Nutrition Science program positions students to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition science (MS-DPD or other related fields).

Graduates who do not wish to pursue the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) credential can pursue a variety of careers, including community nutritionist, dietetic technician, wellness health coach, nutrition scientist, or health education specialist. The Nutrition program provides an ideal background for athletes interested in pursuing sports dietetics.

Career information is provided through Vault and O'Net. Current Lees-McRae students can see the full results on Vault using their student email and password. 

Meet the Faculty

Sally Wimberley, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Exercise Science Program
Co-Director of Pre-Physical Therapy Program
Director of Nutrition Science Program
Assistant Professor
Head Cheerleading Coach

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