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Bachelor of Science in Culinary Nutrition


Culinary Nutrition, B.S.


Culinary nutrition is an exciting interdisciplinary research-based field with biochemical underpinnings that form a framework on which creative culinary professionals hang their artfully designed recipes. The Culinary Nutrition Bachelor of Science degree at Life University prepares students to respect food and the food system as an integral part of health and healing.

Graduates will be able to merge culinary nutrition expertise with traditional business skills, such as entrepreneurship and technical writing, to lead the growing field that uses food restoratively and therapeutically to promote vibrant health and flavorful cuisine. Coursework focuses on culinary arts, functional nutrition, culinary nutrition, food science, sustainability, entrepreneurship and food service management.

Graduates will become:

  • Social educators who communicate awareness and change in the way individual communities and society as a whole understand and utilize food.
  • Nutrition experts who understand the science of food (chemistry, biochemistry, food science, etc.) and the business applications of the nutrition/dietetics industry.
  • Creative innovators who write recipes, design meal plans, counsel clients, find solutions and explore flavor and plating – all in pursuit of colorful, conscious eating.



Life U’s Nutrition Department boasts six state-of-the-art teaching kitchens where students receive hands-on training and group learning. Life University nutrition students also enjoy classes in a live demonstration culinary amphitheater, where instructors model concepts taught in class. Whether it be engaging in field rotations in the community; shadowing dietitians in clinical and management settings; or interacting with patients and clients, students will be prepared for success by connecting classroom theory with real-world practice. Graduates from the program will leave with an understanding of how quality nutrition can improve health and human performance throughout life.


Nutritionists are often on the front lines in combating poor eating habits by educating clients and communities on the nutritional value of food, while also creating healthy menus and food offerings in a variety of settings, such as schools, hospitals, health clubs, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, correctional facilities and more. Nutritionists also may monitor safety and sanitation practices; hire and train staff; prepare budgets and reports; and purchase equipment, food and supplies.

Nutrition professionals can also pursue opportunities in advertising and marketing, developing informational literature about the nutritional content of foods, as well as in sales and new product development positions.

Degree Overview

For more information on degree specifics, requirements and curriculum offerings, please visit Life University’s Bachelor of Science in Culinary Nutrition Catalog page.

Fast Facts

From Employment in the field of culinary nutrition is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026.

Life University has been ranked as third best dietetics/dietitian college in Georgia and has a student-teacher ratio of 16:1.


Jennifer Baugh, B.S. Dietetics Student
“The Nutrition Department here at Life University is full of a lot of really talented and educated women, and I really admire them and enjoy taking classes under their mentorship.”

“You better be prepared to work hard for this degree! But, the reward is so amazing – the knowledge and the sense of accomplishment you gain is well worth it.”

Samantha Silliker, B.S. Dietetics Student
“I’m very open minded, so I am willing to try new approaches, and that’s where LIFE opened my eyes to new ways of thinking. I also think it’s made me want to raise my future family based on this type of preventive health care.”

“And that’s why I really appreciate this school because it opened my eyes to unconventional ways of looking at all things health-related, and it will also provide me the tools to teach others about them.”

Cindy Cozad, B.S. Dietetics Alumna
“I like how nutrition transforms people’s lives in a more emotional way, the psychology of being overweight, the self-esteem issues.”

“(Life University’s) campus drew me in so much. I liked the tie-in to the health, wellness and Vitalism aspect.”


Student Organizations


Life University has nearly 100 student groups including:

  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)
  • Life University Student Ambassadors
  • Student LIFEForce
  • Life U Food & Nutrition Club
  • Food 4 Life
  • Multicultural Student Association
  • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Life University Student Council
  • Safe Space
  • Vital Source student news

For a complete list of ways to get involved at LIFE, visit

Other Relevant Information

  • Life University’s Culinary Nutrition bachelor’s degree upholds the vitalistic vision of the University through a sustainability focused curriculum based on mindful decision-making practices related to food and its preparation which respect and heal individuals, food systems and the earth. Graduates are empowered with the critical thinking required to emerge as transformational thought leaders in the interdisciplinary field of culinary nutrition, a unique merging of science, healing arts and self-expression.
  • Life University offers the B.S. Culinary Nutrition degree on campus. LIFE is conveniently located in Marietta, Georgia, part of the thriving Atlanta metro area, and is only 35 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. To learn more about our online programs, visit our Online Degree Programs page.



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