Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Nutrition and Food Science offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science with three options for students interested in nutrition, food, and health. Students can choose from Dietetics, Food Science, or Nutritional Science. There are approximately 200 undergraduate students majoring in Nutrition and Food Science.

Course plans for each can be found on the Major Requirements page

Nutritional Science

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The Nutritional Science major (formerly known as Human Nutrition and Foods) focuses on the physiological and biological aspects of foods and nutrients. Opportunities for nutritional scientists include research positions in laboratories, hospitals, and industry. This major prepares students for graduate study. The program also meets premedical and pre-dental requirements, and many students go on to professional schools.

It is not necessary to complete an additional application form in order to be accepted into the Nutritional Science program. On their application to The University of Maryland, both freshman and transfer students should simply declare their major as Nutritional Science. The Nutritional Science program code for your application is 1306H. Students who are enrolled in other majors at the University of Maryland should contact the department for information about changing their major to Nutritional Science.

Food Science

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The Food Science major prepares students to apply the principles of science and engineering to better understand the complex and heterogeneous materials recognized as food. There is a great demand in the global food industry and government for highly knowledgeable and competent food scientists. Opportunities for food scientists include food safety, food quality control, food product development, production management, technical sales and service, ingredient management, research, and teaching. This major also prepares students for graduate study. The Food Science major is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists. The field of food science is growing by leaps and bounds, click here for information on salaries in the field (Adobe Reader is required to view this file).

It is not necessary to complete an additional application form in order to be accepted into the Food Science program. On their application to The University of Maryland, both freshman and transfer students should simply declare their major as Food Science. The Food Science program code for your application is 0133O. Students who are enrolled in other majors at the University of Maryland should contact us for information about changing their major to Food Science.

Dietetics

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The Dietetics concentration prepares students to apply their knowledge of nutrition to promote healthy eating patterns in the population. Registered Dietitians (RDs) work in many areas including clinical and community nutrition, nutrition counseling, nutrition education and research, wellness, government, public health, food service management and others. The dynamic field of Dietetics is ever growing and dietitians continue to find new and different ways to communicate nutrition information to the public. This option also prepares students for medical and dental school, as well as graduate study in a variety of fields.