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BS in Nutrition and Food Science (NFS)

Applications for Fall 2019 are being accepted through April 10, 2019

The 24 credit Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) major is a comprehensive study of the fundamentals of food, food service, food preparation and management, epidemiology, research methods, and community nutrition education. The major is designed for students inclined toward the physical and biological sciences, and who enjoy working with people and are concerned about the health and nutritional well-being of people and communities. The academically rigorous curriculum also prepares students for interested in further study, particularly in the nutrition, allied health, scientific or social research, or social work.

Students are admitted twice a year to begin in the fall or spring semester. Students may enter junior or senior year, upon completion of prerequisites. Classes are held at the School of Urban Public Health (UPH), at Hunter's Silberman campus, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th Street), and meet once a week in the mornings and afternoons, , Monday-Thursday.

  Note: The NFS-BS at Hunter College is a general Nutrition BS degree rather than a Didactic Program in dietetics (DPD/DP) required to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) At Hunter, the DPD is offered in our department at the graduate level (MS) or, for a small number of select bachelor's students, as a BS-MS accelerated degree. Within CUNY, Brooklyn, Lehman and Queens Colleges offer the DPD at the undergraduate level.

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Career Opportunities

The BS in NFS degree provides a variety of career opportunities. Graduates frequently work with athletes, weight control and fitness programs, or other special groups like WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) in community settings. In addition, a host of industries such as hotels, airlines, universities, food service chains, and industrial cafeterias employ food service managers. Graduates can also become food science technical specialists and conduct research, development, and quality control of food products for food companies. Moreover, training in NFS can be leveraged to for jobs in advertising, marketing and mass media, including consulting to television programs, or writing for digital and/or print publications. Upon completion of the BS, individuals can also pursue graduate education and training, at Hunter or elsewhere, in a Didactic Program in dietetics (DP) to become an Registered Dietition (RD.)

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