Nutrition at SIUE
The Bachelor of Science in nutrition from the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior focuses on the study of foods and nutrients and their effect on the health of individuals. Housed in the Department of Applied Health, the program combines coursework in both the basic sciences and nutritional sciences and meets all requirements outlined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to provide students with the preparation needed to excel in a variety of professional nutrition and health settings. It provides exceptional preparation for graduate and professional training in a wide range of nutrition, health and medical fields. An intensive study in biological and physical sciences is emphasized as a basis for understanding the science of nutrition and the relationships between nutrients and human health.
Students earning a degree in nutrition will have an in-depth knowledge of the science of nutrition and a solid foundation in applied science. Core course requirements focus on human nutrition with areas of study in energy metabolism, proteins, vitamins, minerals, community nutrition, and diet in the prevention and treatment of diseases. At SIUE, the major in nutrition is designed to meet the admission requirements for post-graduate programs in dietetics, as well as admission requirements of most colleges of medicine, nursing, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and other health care professions.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Science in Nutrition
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, national job growth for dieticians and nutritionists is expected to be 21 percent through 2022. At SIUE, we provide the curriculum and pre-professional training for students wishing to enter graduate school to pursue programs in nutrition/dietetics, on their way to careers as registered dietitians. An undergraduate degree in nutrition provides pre-professional training for students wishing to enter graduate school to pursue a career as a dietitian. Students must complete graduate training and 1200 hours of internship to begin a career as a registered dietitian (RD). The role of nutritionists and dietitians will continue to be important as the understanding of food in preventing and treating illnesses becomes more prevalent.
Other career opportunities are also available for students with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Jobs are available in areas such as community and public health, consulting, the food/nutrition business industry, food service management, research and education, sports and wellness nutrition, or corporate wellness.
This major is designed to meet the admissions requirements of most colleges of medicine, nursing, dental, optometry, pharmacy, occupational or physical therapy, and other post-graduate programs in dietetics and health care, while the student pursues a bachelor’s degree in a clinically related area. Refer to the Pre-Health Professional webpage for more specific information on how the Nutrition courses correspond with typical professional school requirements. The major also prepares students to enter graduate school programs in nutrition and other life sciences. Graduates in nutritional sciences qualify for positions in the food industry, corporate wellness and health promotion programs, public health programs, pharmaceutical sales and similar occupations.