Program Overview

Discover the power of food with UNE’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree. As the impacts of diet-related chronic diseases skyrocket, there is a mounting need for more nutrition specialists to improve the health of individuals and communities — both locally and globally. In our program, you will learn the practical skills that are in demand by employers: how to conduct nutritional assessments, create wellness programming, develop food policy, and counsel athletes in sports nutrition. By understanding the science behind nutrition and how to collaboratively work as part of a health care team, you will make a real difference in people’s lives.

Three nutrition students preparing food
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The fact that I could craft my own curriculum based on classes that I saw that were interesting was very cool.

Nutrition, Coaching

Why UNE for Nutrition

UNE’s Nutrition degree is a recipe for success, providing a unique mixture of top-rate facilities, hands-on internship experiences, global travel, and the opportunity to learn how to provide nutritional guidance as part of a comprehensive health care team.

  • Service-learning and community experience
  • Exciting internships for on-the-job experience
  • Opportunity to work across the health professions
  • Large commercial kitchen for food preparation training
  • Use of on-campus Makerspace incorporated into the curriculum
  • Study abroad opportunities

Hear About UNE's Nutrition Degree from Current Students


Your knowledge of nutrition science and research techniques, your communication and collaboration skills, and your rich internship experiences will give you a healthy advantage in the field of nutrition.

You may pursue graduate study, leading to a master’s degree as a registered dietician or certified nutrition specialist (CNS), or you may explore a number of rewarding careers, including:

  • Nutrition Educator
  • Health Coach
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Nutrition Program Manager
  • Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Worksite Wellness Manager
  • Nutrition Research Assistant

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, careers in the nutrition field are expected to grow 14% between 2016 and 2026 — a growth rate that is faster than average for all occupations.

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.

Explore Our Facilities

Join UNE Students In Our Teaching Kitchen

Watch UNE students as they utilize our state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. The kitchen features 12 cooking stations, six ovens, and two refrigerators, enabling us to create a learning laboratory for our nutrition students. Multiple courses make use of the kitchen, all of which prepare our students for eligibility into UNE’s online graduate program in Applied Nutrition.

Cooking Up Fish Tacos

Making Tofu Stir-Fry

Tour Our Nutrition Teaching Kitchen


Examples of Available Courses

There are many ways you can navigate our B.S. in Nutrition. The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:

  • Food Science Concepts and Food Safety
  • Fundamentals of Healthy Cooking
  • Food, Health, and Disease
  • Nutrition Across Seven Continents
  • Food Systems and Public Health
  • Designing and Supporting Healthy Communities

Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

If you're interested in pursuing an advanced degree in nutrition, check out UNE Online's master's degree in Applied Nutrition.


Understanding the Science of Nutrition

Experiential Learning

Whether you’re engaged in a service-learning project out in the community, learning food safety techniques in our commercial kitchen, or creating a meal plan for diabetes patients as part of a hospital internship, our Nutrition degree gives you real-world experiences that will feed your desire to succeed.

  • Learn to prepare nutritious meals in our large commercial kitchen
  • Bring your dream restaurant to life by using state-of-the-art technology in our Makerspace
  • Interact with students across the health professions as you learn to be part of a successful health care team


Our students work with many different organizations to gain critical real-world experience. Partner sites include:

  • Maine Medical Center
  • Maine SNAP-Ed Program
  • Saco Sport and Fitness Center
  • Southern Maine Health Care
  • UNE Athletics Department
  • UNE Wellness Program