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Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

Nutrition professionals can pursue opportunities in food manufacturing, advertising and marketing, developing informational literature about the nutritional content of foods, as well as in sales and new product development positions. Graduates holding a LIFE B.S. Degree in Nutrition can also be employed as health coaches with insurance companies.

Nutritionists create healthy menus and educate clients and communities on the nutritional value of foods in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, health clubs, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, correctional facilities and many outpatient settings, such as food manufacturing and food service companies. The Nutrition Department boasts five state-of-the-art teaching kitchens where students receive hands-on training and group learning. LIFE Nutrition students also enjoy classes in the new live demonstration culinary amphitheater, where instructors model concepts taught in class.

Nutritionists are often on the front lines in combating poor eating habits and creating healthy menus and food offerings in a variety of settings. They may plan menus; provide nutrition education; monitor safety and sanitation practices; hire and train staff; prepare budgets and reports; and purchase equipment, food and supplies.

BS Nutrition Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Food Technologist/Scientist
  • Public Health Policy
  • Food Company Sales
  • Institutional Food Service

Degree Requirements

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree must complete a minimum of 188 credit hours of instruction.

Area A Communications & Humanities 20 hours
Area B Science, Mathematics & Computers 25 hours
Area C Social Sciences 20 hours

Sub-total: 65 credit hours

Area A Nutrition Core 48 hours
Area B Major Program Requirements 33 hours
Area C Major Program Requirements 20 hours
Area D Nutrition & Business Electives 18 hours
Area E Free Electives 4 hours

Sub-total: 123 credit hours

Additional Completion Requirements

  • NTR 210 – Nutrition Seminar & Future Trends (0 credit hours) is a requirement for graduation for all Nutrition degrees (there is no charge for this class). Students will need to obtain credit for 12 sessions and give a presentation. All Nutrition students must attend one mandatory 4-hour session on a Saturday that covers the following topics:

Fall of each year (for Dietetics majors only, but Nutrition majors may attend)
1. Applying to internships and computer matching
2. Managing your professional development
3. Participation in ADA, GDA, GADA and lobbying
4. Dietetics career opportunities
5. ADA Code of Ethics

Spring of each year (required for all Nutrition majors)

1. Career opportunities for non-RDs
2. Resume writing and interviewing skills
3. Ethical issues
4. Accrediting agencies

  • Nutrition majors attending both sessions will receive 8 credits toward seminar and will still need to attend four more regularly scheduled sessions during the quarter and give a presentation. Regularly scheduled sessions will be offered three times per quarter.
  • There will be no make-ups allowed for the mandatory sessions. Students must make plans to attend. If a student miss a mandatory session (or arrive late or leave early), he/she must wait until the following year to make up the requirement. Attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of each session.
  • Satisfactory completion of all required courses with minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • All courses from Areas IV – VI must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
  • To receive a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree from Life University, a student must earn a minimum of 47 credit hours in residence at Life University, 30 of which shall be in Nutrition, and all field experiences must be taken through Life University. Residency is defined as being enrolled (matriculated) as an on-campus student, as a distance learner or via independent study, and has earned the minimum requirements as outlined above.
  • A recommendation for graduation and completion of an exit interview with the Department of Nutrition faculty.
  • File a petition to graduate.
  • Confirm CLP 090, FYE 101 and FYE 103 completion status requirements.
  • Administrative and student reviews of records:
    • Registrar Office – complete a formal academic records review
    • Financial Aid Office – exit interviews with a Counselor
    • Student Accounting – “Perkins” exit interview and rectify account balance


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