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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Nutritional Sciences



The field of nutritional sciences encompasses all aspects of an organism's interaction with food. It includes biochemical, physiologic, molecular, psychological, and cultural aspects of food choice and nutrient metabolism. The department offers B.S. degrees in the following options. All students complete the core requirements in biology and chemistry, and then take specific courses for their option.

The Dietetics option concerns knowledge of foods and their use to maintain health and treat disease. This includes understanding the nutrient composition and cultural and community aspects of diets, as well as biochemical and physiological aspects. It emphasizes nutrition and food service and prepares students for careers as clinical dietitians and nutritionists, educators, health promotion facilitators, and consumer specialists in food and nutrition. Advanced courses stress human nutrition and its application to diet and health. Students take organic chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, economics and statistics. Upon completing the option, students normally apply for a dietetic internship or AP-4 program to prepare for the exam to become a registered dietitian.

The Nutrition option emphasizes the metabolic aspects of how organisms use food. It includes knowledge of how food is digested, absorbed, and used for energy and growth; how and why nutrient requirements change over the lifespan and under stress. It provides training for graduate school in the life sciences, medical or dental school, and conducting biomedical research. Students take advanced courses in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, and physiology, in addition to nutrition and health, nutritional aspects of energy metabolism, and nutritional aspects of protein, vitamin and mineral metabolism.

The Food Service Administration option is for students who want careers in food service marketing or in managing food service in schools, hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, corporations, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Students take advanced courses in quantity food production, managing food-service systems, and institutional organization and management. They supplement this with elective courses in business, agribusiness, and food science.

The Nutrition, Food and Business option prepares professionals to work in food industries at the interface of nutrition, food and business. The fundamentals of nutrition, the science of food, and business prepare students for positions in test kitchens of food companies, product development in the food industry, public relations, pharmaceutical companies, supermarket industry, and in research.

The Community Nutrition option addresses the growing need for nutrition professionals to work with youth in structured organizations at the local, state, and national level such as WIC, Head Start, 4-H, cooperative extension, after school care, day care, environmental education, and programs for the homeless.

Regardless of the option chosen, a background in nutrition can also provide business-related opportunities in such fields as employee wellness, human resources, marketing, general management, customer service, and sales.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Athletic Counselor Food Distributor Physician
Brewery Processing Supervisor Food Scientist/Technologist Public Health Administrator
Caterer Health Educator Quality Control Manager
Chef Home Economist Registered Dietitian
Community Agency Worker Hospital Dietitian Research Dietitian
Consulting Dietitian Nurse Restaurant Manager
Consumer Advocate Nutrition Journalist Sales Representative
Cooperative Extension Agent Nutritionist Teacher/Professor
Food & Drug Inspector Peace Corps Worker Therapist
Food Buyer Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. Weight Reduction Specialist

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Breweries Health Maintenance Organizations Publishing companies
Colleges/Universities Health Organizations Research Laboratories
Cooking Schools Hospitals Resorts / Hotels
Food Distributors Newspapers/Magazines Restaurants
Food Manufacturers Nursing homes School Systems
Food Services Pharmaceutical Companies .
Freezing Plants Private Practice Offices .


Government Agencies
Consumer Affairs Office Department of Health School Lunch Programs
County Extension Services Food and Drug Administration Senior Citizen Nutrition Projects
Department of Agriculture Head Start WIC (Women Infants Children) Program
Department of Corrections Peace Corps .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title

Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ Food & Nutrition Program Intern

Cambridge Land Transfer Corp Title Clerk

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Nutritional Sciences
Organization Job Title
Best Foods Associate Food Technician

UMDNJ Dietetic Intern

Raritan Bay Medical Center Dietitian Assistant

Pepsico Food Scientist

Celentano Inc. Food Technologist

FMC Corporation Lab Technician

Hanover Foods Management Trainee

US Army Medical Platoon Leader

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Nutritionist

Polaner Quality Assurance Technician

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Nutritional Sciences
Food Service Oprs., Fair Oaks Hospital Assistant Director

Hahnemann Hospital Nutrition Ctr. Clinical Dietitian

ECS Nutritional Services (Grad. work in Hospital Admin.) Consultant

Twenty-One Plus Director of Day Care Center

Greenwood Health Care Center (RN) Director of Nursing

St. James Hospital Health Care Nutritionist

Diets Made to Order Health Counselor

Cornell Cooperative Extension (MS Education) Home Economics Program Leader

Woodbridge School System Home Economics Teacher

Food & Drug Administration Investigator

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Virginia Tech MS Nutrition

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