(College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)
The Major Program
The study of nutrition encompasses all aspects of the consumption and utilization of food and its constituents. Key areas of study include: the biochemical reactions important to the utilization of nutrients and food constituents; the impact of diet on health and disease; and, nutrition-related policy and public health issues. The nutrition science major includes two options for studying these areas: nutritional biology and nutrition in public health.
The Program. Nutrition, as it is taught on the Davis campus, is a biological science and requires a complete background in chemistry and biology, along with calculus and physics (nutritional biology option) or economics (nutrition in public health option). These courses are generally completed during the first two years, and along with biochemistry, must be completed before most nutrition classes can be taken. During their junior and senior years, students in the nutritional biology option take additional course work in biochemistry, physiology, and toxicology. Students in the nutrition in public health option take additional course work in social and health-related sciences.
Career Alternatives. Both options are excellent preparation for professional or graduate training in medicine, public health, or other health sciences. The nutritional biology option also provides preparation for technical work in nutrition in the animal, food, and pharmaceutical industries. The nutrition in public health option prepares students for jobs in administrative, teaching, or public health/public service positions.
Dietetics Internship. To fulfill the academic requirements for an internship in Dietetics, students are strongly advised to declare the Clinical Nutrition major. Within the Nutrition in Public Health option, students should also take: ENL 003 or UWP 001 & CMN 001. The following courses must also be added (some of which may meet restricted elective requirements): ARE 112; NUT 116B, 116AL-BL; FSM 120, 120L, 122. Students intending to apply for admission to a dietetic internship should contact the Advising Center no later than the first quarter of the junior year for information on procedures. Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian.
Graduate Study. The Department of Nutrition offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nutrition. For information on graduate study contact the graduate advisor. See Graduate Studies.
Major Advisor. Gerardo Mackenzie
Advising Center for the major is located in 3202 Meyer Hall; 530-752-2512; 530-752-7094.