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Nutrition Science and Dietetics

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.

“As a nutrition student, I worked in a brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen and café alongside Chef Kiernan, who is a part of the American Academy of Chefs—it was quite a humbling experience!”

Mary Mik ’18, Nutrition major, marketing Minor

About Falk

Social justice principles are at the foundation of programs in exercise science, food studies, human development and family science, marriage and family therapy, public health, nutrition, social work, sport analytics and sport management. Academics, service learning projects, internships, research opportunities, immersion travel and clubs connected to our majors prepare students for careers to make a difference in the communities where they will live and work.


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

View official major requirements .

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.,  Syracuse Abroad  has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. 

Nutrition science and dietetics students most often go abroad to Syracuse’s centers in Florence, London, and Madrid. Students have also studied at World Partner programs CEA Prague, SIT India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action, and the University of Queensland.

Summer programs of interest may include South Africa Immersion: A Global Health Education Experience and Mediterranean Food and Culture: An Italian Experience (Florence).  Explore all study abroad opportunities .

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.