ABOUT THIS DEGREE
Life University’s Nutrition Department is built on a neo-vitalistic view that what we eat can affect the entirety of our health. This applies to dealing with an illness, trying to live a healthier lifestyle, maximizing physical performance or simply cooking balanced meals for the week.
Whether they plan to run their own business or work in professional careers in the food industry, graduates of LIFE’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program will emerge as:
- 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 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 University’s Nutrition Department boasts six state-of-the-art teaching kitchens where students receive hands-on training and group learning. Students also enjoy live demonstrations in a culinary amphitheater where instructors model concepts taught in class.
Students will be prepared for success by connecting classroom theory with real-world practice in field rotations in the community and interacting with patients and clients. Graduates from the program will leave with an understanding of how quality nutrition can improve people’s health and performance throughout their lives.
Nutrition is a science that examines the metabolic and physiological responses of the body to food and diet and the role of nutrients or phytochemicals in the cause, treatment and prevention of disease. Nutritionists are often on the front lines of 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, including 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, the creation of informational literature about the nutritional content of foods, and in product development and sales positions.
Additionally, all nutrition graduates will be well prepared for direct entry into the workforce or graduate study.
- Holistic health center
- Community centers
- Nonprofit organizations
- Fitness and beauty centers
- Retail and industry
Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree must complete a minimum total of 188 quarter credit hours of instruction.
For more information on degree specifics, requirements and curriculum offerings, please visit Life University’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Catalog page.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of nutritionists is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. The role of food in preventing and treating diseases, such as diabetes, is now well known. More nutritionists will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: The median annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists was $61,270 in May 2019.
Samenna White, B.S. Nutrition Student
“I very much want to be a constructive voice for healthier nutrition. I want to work in the community and give back to the community as an encouraging voice for a healthier lifestyle.”
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)
- Wellness Center
For a complete list of ways to get involved at LIFE, visit Engage.LIFE.edu.
Other Academic Information
Other Relevant Information
Life University’s 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. 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.