Nutritional Science Major

Students in the B.S. degree in Nutritional Science will apply knowledge from physiology, biochemistry and chemistry to understand digestion of food, absorption and use of nutrients by the body, nutrients requirements at different stages of life, and the effects of nutrient deficiencies and excesses. They also draw on the social sciences to understand the socio-cultural, psychological, economic and political factors influencing choices of food. Students in the B.S. degree in Nutritional Science also study the relationship between diet and chronic disease, monitor nutritional content of the American food supply, define and help to alleviate food and nutritional problems throughout the world, and work with other health professionals in promoting health and well-being for people of all ages.

Nutritional Science program is not accredited by the American Dietetics Association (ADA) and does not meet the requirements for students to apply for the Registered Dietitian (RD) internship or examination after graduation. However, the program does satisfy the educational, but not work experience requirements set forth the State Board of Licensing for students to be eligible for the licensing exam.

The theoretical basis of the nutrition profession is integrated with psychomotor skills practiced in clinical, research, and/or industrial settings. This fosters a problem solving approach to the practice. The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to the performance of service. These elements are integrated with a body of knowledge from the humanities, social and behavioral sciences.

Through Directed Study and Senior Research courses, students work with the department faculty to gain skills in both library and nutritional laboratory research. The UMass Lowell Nutritional Science major is strongly committed to research. Undergraduates work alongside faculty members and graduate students, who ensure that they master practical laboratory skills and participate fully in the research team. Several students have presented their senior research projects at regional and national science meetings. Students are also encouraged to be co-authors of publications in highly respected peer-reviewed journals.

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