Discover the power of food with UNE’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program. 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.
Why UNE for Nutrition
UNE’s Nutrition program 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
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
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.
of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation (per 2016-2018 graduate surveys)
in Maine for getting a job (Zippia, 2019)
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.
EXAMPLES OF AVAILABLE COURSES
There are many ways you can navigate this major. 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.
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, the Nutrition major 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
See the World
Different populations face very different nutritional challenges, and creating supportive environments for individuals to adopt healthy behavior often entails demonstrating cross-cultural sensitivity. Develop your cultural competency by studying abroad for a semester in Spain or on our own international campus in Morocco. Or, if you prefer, opt for one or more of our faculty-led travel courses that will take you to places such as Cuba, Ireland, Mexico, Italy, and Kenya.
Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.
UNE's Westbrook College of Health Professions also offers a unique opportunity for a Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana, West Africa. The experience normally takes place in August, and comprises an interprofessional group of students and faculty who deliver primary care and related services in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. You work closely with community health outreach workers and professionals from the Effia Nkwanta College of Nursing and Midwifery. The work involves interprofessional collaboration, community education, and academic and cross-cultural exchange.