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North Central College BSc in Nutrition Science
North Central College

BSc in Nutrition Science

Naperville, USA

4 Years

English

Full time, Part time

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USD 42,866 / per year *

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Introduction

The Nutrition Science program is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) comprised of 128 semester hours of coursework related to science, food, nutrition, and dietetics. The nutritional science program offers a broad-based curriculum anchored in liberal arts and dedicated to evidenced-based coursework and relationship-centered practice. North Central's nutritional science degree will prepare students for supervised practice programs and careers as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) or as entry-level professionals in fields related to health promotion, food service, and the food industry. Students pursuing a bachelor's degree may also choose to use the nutrition science major to prepare for graduate nutrition programs or other graduate programs in health care or science. The demand for nutrition professionals is increasing in many sectors, as awareness grows of the importance of food and nutrition for health, wellness, and disease prevention in the wider population. The Nutrition Science DPD curriculum provides both informational and experiential learning with the goal of developing knowledge, skills, and behaviors important in the rapidly changing field of human nutrition and dietetics. More broadly, a North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead personally and in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Why Pursue a Nutrition Science Degree at North Central College?

The Nutrition Science DPD program at North Central provides:

- A minimum of 300 hours of hands-on experience to help you:

  • practice nutrition counseling
  • develop health promotion campaigns
  • explore sustainable food/gardening practices
  • develop food service management skills
  • be competitive when applying for jobs or graduate school

- Competency-based assessments that prepare you for supervised practice programs

- Opportunities for undergraduate research

- Small class size with committed faculty involvement

If you are interested in food, eating, and nutrition this major might be for you. As public awareness and interest in human nutrition and health is increasing, the need for nutrition professionals is also growing. The nutritional science program at North Central prepares you for these demands by providing integrated learning experiences in and out of the classroom. As nutrition concepts are introduced, each nutrition student is encouraged to reflect on their own attitudes towards food, nutrition, and health and then apply nutrition concepts more broadly to larger populations and more diverse situations. The emphasis in the program is placed on critically evaluating the effectiveness of nutrition intervention, diets, and other claims, integrating food and health systems, and working with other health professionals for a more holistic approach to health. If this sounds appealing to you, then our nutrition program will provide you with the tools you need to work with others to improve nutrition and health and pursue a Registered Dietitian credential.

Mission

The North Central College Nutrition Science Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will prepare our diverse students to become competent practitioners who deliver relationship-centered nutritional care, collaboratively with health professionals. This nutrition sciences program in dietetics (DPD) will prepare students to enter dietetic internship programs that lead to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam and to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), while developing future leaders committed to life-long learning, evidence-based practice, and the advancement of the professional field.

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