About the program

The Nutrition major allows for the joint study of nutrition with other subject areas such as health and wellness, public health, psychology or business. Adding a minor to your course of study can enhance your skillset. The coursework is a flexible science-based program with the opportunity to engage in a variety of electives.  Meet some nutrition majors!

Additionally, Health Behavior and Nutrition Sciences offers majors in Nutrition and Dietetics and Nutrition and Medical Sciences.

Career Opportunities for Nutrition Graduates

Depending on the coursework selected, Nutrition graduates can pursue careers in community nutrition, health education, foodservice management, wellness, clinical research, or journalism.  Some graduates use their nutrition major as preparation for innovative careers. The Nutrition Major also prepares students for graduate school in nutrition, public health or allied health professions, such as nursing.


The  Nutrition major allows students to take over 30 credits of electives in addition to 12 credits in nutrition electives in order to tailor their course of study to their own interests. The Nutrition major may be combined with minors

Students may want to strengthen their focus by clustering their courses around a particular area of emphasis depending upon their career goals.

Maternal and Child Nutrition

  • NTDT 345 Pediatric Nutrition (not offered every year)
  • NTDT 467 Pediatric Overweight/Obesity
  • NTDT 305 Nutrition through the Lifespan

Culinary Nutrition

  • BHAN 130 courses (Spice Kitchen, Cook It Healthy, 1 credit)
  • NTDT 201 Food Concepts
  • NTDT 301 Cultural Perspectives on Food and Nutrition
  • NTDT 321 Quantity Food Production and Service
  • NTDT 445 Teaching Methods: Nutrition/Foods

Food Service Management

  • NTDT 201 Food Concepts
  • NTDT 321 Quantity Food Production and Service
  • NTDT 322 Management of Food and Nutrition Services
  • NTDT 326 Onsite Food Production
  • BUAD 309 Organizational Behavior

Nutrition Communication

  • NTDT 445 Teaching Methods: Nutrition/Foods
  • NTDT 301 Cultural Perspectives on Food and Nutrition
  • NTDT 367 Social Media and Nutrition (not offered every year)

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete 120 credits and meet specific requirements as outlined in the University of Delaware catalog. Each semester’s courses will vary depending on the student’s background and academic preparation. The average number of credits per semester ranges from 14-17. Winter and summer sessions can help lighten the load of regular semesters.

Learn more about the suggested course sequence for Nutrition majors.

View a sample of the curriculum here.

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