Students graduating as nutrition and food science (NFS) majors have found employment in food manufacturing and processing industries and in government and community agencies. The federal government projects a shortage of food science graduates through, at least, the end of the century. Food science comprises many fields including developing new products, quality control, ensuring food safety, and many other exciting areas. The bachelor's of science track is also an excellent way of fulfilling premedical or predental course requirements.
Students interested in working as nutritional practitioners may enroll in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Graduates are eligible to take the national registry exam of the American Dietetic Association and once credentialed, have found employment in hospitals, health promotion agencies, extended care facilities, and in private practice. Graduates with a bachelor's of arts degree have found employment as supervisors in restaurants, catering operations, and with large food companies in the metro Detroit area.
Why study nutrition and food science in Detroit?
- The Department of Nutrition and Food Science strives to achieve excellence in teaching and research. Our mission is to achieve distinction in basic and strategic research with significant social impacts
- We train our students to be experts in laboratory techniques, to be scientifically literate, and intellectually engaged. We seek to build a diverse community and to launch tomorrow's leaders. Our department has established an array of strategic partnerships to meet the global challenge by creating and maintaining state-of-the-art research facilities and research collaborations with faculty across the campus (School of Medicine, biological sciences, kinesiology, health and sport studies, Karmanos Cancer Institute), as well as international collaborations
- Our curriculum is strongly based in biological, biochemical, and physical sciences. In addition to our dietetics program, the NFS curriculum provides strong preparation for a variety of health system-based and policy-making career opportunities (e.g., FDA and USDA), as well as for continuation of education in graduate school in nutrition science (M.A., M.S. and Ph.D.), public health (M.P.H.) or other life sciences
- While providing a greater relevance to human health and human disease, our curriculum can help fulfill the prerequisites for pre-professional health programs (e.g. medical, dental, pharmacy, physician-assistant, physical therapy). By integrating the above sciences with applied and basic nutrition science, we have created a unique experience for students with an interest in science as it applies to human health