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BS in Nutrition and Food Science (NFS)

The 52 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 are concerned about the health and nutritional well-being of people and communities. The academically rigorous curriculum also prepares students interested in further study, particularly in nutrition, allied health, scientific or social research, or social work.

Students are admitted to the major both fall or spring semesters and must submit our online NFS major application (see admissions section.) Our Fall application opens early September and the Spring application late January.

Students may enter junior or senior year upon completion of prerequisites. Major classes are held at the Department of Nutrition and Public Health (NPH), at Hunter's Silberman campus, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th Street), and meet once a week, typically in the mornings and afternoons Monday-Thursday. Our online Fall major application

  Note: The NFS-BS at Hunter College is a general Nutrition BS degree rather than a the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD/DP) required to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) At Hunter, the DPD is offered  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 provides a variety of career opportunities in sports and fitness programs, community organizations such as WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) & community gardens, in nutrition research and in industry such as food science technical specialist, quality control ,food incubators, as food service managers in industrial cafeterias, and in hotel and airlines food services. Moreover, training in NFS can be leveraged 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, students can pursue graduate education and training at Hunter or elsewhere, in a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) leading to the Registered Dietition credential (RD.) See the links below to explore nutrition position descriptions, job, salaries and career prospects. and

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