Food Science and Nutrition
The undergraduate program in Food Science and Nutrition at SHSU has been accredited for over 20 years. Graduates pursuing this degree typically take four years to acquire a BS in Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, which is a very broad field with many career paths. Many graduates become Registered Dietitians or Licensed Nutritionists within industries such as corporate food manufacturing, public health agencies, hospitals, long term care, swing bed units, skilled nursing facilities, and non-profit organizations. Others may pursue paths that range from administrative and speaking obligations to forming their own business in a variety of nutrition counseling settings for clients who are interested in physical fitness, wellness or have become ill. Numerous opportunities are opening up for Registered Dietitians and nutritionists in fields within agribusiness, advocacy organizations, education, food industry, food science, and federal, state and local government. Students are encouraged to purchase: Untangling the Nutrition Web in Career Development: a Resource for Nutritionists, Dietitians, and Public Health Professionals by Jennifer Adkins Ernst, 3rd edition. Students who have a GPA of 2.75 or higher will receive a Verification of Completion Form from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which many employers require. Some of these career opportunities do require an advanced degree which includes doing a distance, on-line or resident Dietetic Internship that requires a minimum of 1200 hours in field work and may or may not have a graduate degree complementing the hours.