The Department of Nutrition

School of Health and Human Sciences

Undergraduate Program Information: What Can I Study?

The Department of Nutrition offers B.S. degrees in three concentrations: Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition and Wellness, and Nutrition Science.


Human Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration (pdf file)

Human Nutrition and Dietetics focuses on the application of the principles of nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, management, behavioral and social sciences to the promotion of optimal health in individuals.

Students in this concentration meet the academic requirements for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and will meet academic requirements to compete for a dietetic internship. This concentration is an Accredited Didactic Program of Dietetics (DPD) recognized by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In order to become a Registered Dietitian, one must complete the DPD requirements and become accepted into a dietetic internship program. The Department of Nutrition has a post-B.S. Dietetic Internship program, but undergraduate DPD completion is not a guarantee of acceptance into the Internship. Students compete for a position in the Internship by going through an application and computer matching program during the Fall/Winter prior to the desired Fall admission date. Please see the Dietetic Internship site for more information on the UNCG Dietetic Internship.

Most AND Dietetic Internships select applicants for appointments through a computer matching process. The service used by the AND is D&D Digital and their web site for more information and applications is

It is our policy that upon completion of all DPD course requirements and proof of graduation each matriculated student will receive 6 copies of an originally signed Verification Statement for use in applying to Dietetic Internships. We keep one signed original and one photocopied version in our Department of Nutrition files in case a student needs additional copies in the future and to be in compliance with ACEND accreditation standards.

For course requirement information download the following PDF file. This two page document will outline the courses required of the Human Nutrition and Dietetics concentration and the required DPD course work. It will also show the optimal four year plan of study related to sequential course completion and completion of prerequisites. Coming into the major as a transfer student or failure to complete Nutrition and cognate courses with a C or better may extend an undergraduate’s time to graduation.

Nutrition and Wellness Concentration (pdf file)

Nutrition and Wellness focuses on instruction and experience in the basic nutritional sciences, community nutrition, public health education, and kinesiology.

Graduates may work in a variety of settings such as voluntary and community health organizations, public health nutition, health care, government, education, and the fitness industry. This concentration also prepares the student for graduate training in nutrition, public health education and exercise and sport science.


Nutrition Science Concentration (pdf file)

Nutrition Science focuses on the scientific basis for the metabolism of nutrients and the role of nutrients in health and disease.

Students will be prepared to enter fields in which a strong, integrated bioscience knowledge base is needed, such as research, medicine and pharmacology. Most Nutrition Science students eventually pursue graduate degrees.

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