Nutrition Science and Dietetics

​ David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

The nutrition science and dietetics program empowers students to study the science of applying food and nutrition to health.

The degrees incorporate biological and physical sciences and prepare students for careers in:

  • Nutritional research: Uncover the effects of certain foods on the body.
  • Dietetics: Promote healthy eating and provide expertise on issues such as obesity and weight management.
  • Nutritional counseling: Guide those who need to make dietary changes (i.e. diabetes, eating disorders).
  • Community nutrition: Create and implement programs supporting a healthier society.

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Sample Courses

Core coursework covers biology, psychology, and nutrition. Sample courses include:

  • Nutrition for Fitness and Sports
  • Issues in Community Nutrition
  • Weight Management, Obesity and Disordered Eating
  • Food, Culture and Environment
  • Nutrition across the Lifespan

Practical Experience

In addition to coursework, Falk College provides extensive field and extracurricular opportunities so students can earn hands-on experience in the nutrition industry.

  • Study small-quantity food preparation and food science in the Experimental Foods Laboratory.
  • Put your skills to the test as a member of Orange Wrap, a student group that hosts campus programs on healthy eating.
  • Join NEPA—the student-run Nutrition Education & Promotion Association that brings together students interested in nutrition and works to affect healthy changes in the community.
  • Volunteer in one of our partner nutrition-related programs via the Center of Public and Community Service (i.e. Books and Cooks, Cooking on the Hillside)

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Nutrition and dietetics and nutrition science students most often study abroad in Florence, London, and Santiago.

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Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in Nutrition Science, students may explore such careers as community nutrition coordinator and counselor.

Students of Nutrition and Dietetics graduate prepared to complete a 1200-hour internship in dietetics before sitting for their certification exam to become a registered dietitian.

Graduates may also pursue master’s degrees in medicine, dentistry, education, public health, or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.