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Many faculty members in the Department of Nutritional Sciences are conducting world-renowned research that is impacting the health and wellness of people all over the globe. Research activities encompass topics such as metabolic disorders, health promotion and disease prevention, human development and life cycle, and micronutrients.

In the Nutritional Science undergraduate program, you will have the opportunity to not only learn from these researchers, but you will also have the chance to work with them as well, conducting research, and getting hands-on laboratory experience. You may work in one of our research centers, such as the Diet Assessment Center or the Childhood Obesity Center, assist in human dietary intervention trials, or laboratory tests, and then possibly help publish or present research at a regional or national conference.


All students are encouraged to work or volunteer outside of the classroom and use your knowledge and skills in real-world environments through summer experiences or internships. Through our vast alumni network and the excellent relationships we have fostered over the years, finding experience that is beneficial and relevant to your future career can be achieved with the support you will receive from us.

As a student in the Dietetics option, you will participate in multiple experiences to gain valuable skills and knowledge. As an undergraduate, you will complete a 300 hour advanced field experience as part of the dietetics curriculum. Students have the option of working in a variety of professional settings to gain relevant professional experience. After graduation, you will be eligible to apply to a post-baccalaureate supervised practice program. After completing the 1200 hours of experience in this program, students are eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam and upon passing, earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.