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in Nutrition and Dietetics and Nutrition Science Majors

Nutrition and Dietetics Major:  This major is a good choice for students who wish to become Registered Dietitians, Public Health Nutrition Counselors, or Food Service Managers in Health Care.

  • At least 3 (preferably 4) years of college-preparatory level science (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Four years of college-preparatory math, including at least trigonometry or pre-calculus.  AP statistics is very helpful.
  • Students who take less science than this in high school may benefit from college algebra or/and an introduction to chemistry course at a community college before beginning at Messiah.

Nutrition Science Major:  This strongly science-oriented major is a good choice for students who wish to become nutrition scientists, physicians, or physician assistants.

  • Four years of college-preparatory level science (biology, chemistry physics) including at least 1 AP course in the sciences.
  • Four years of college-preparatory math, including at least applied calculus.  AP statistics and AP calculus are very helpful. 

Nutrition and Food Service Management Major:  This major is a good choice for students who wish to manage in institutions or businesses related to food and nutrition.

  • At least three years of college preparatory level science.
  • Four years of college preparatory math including at least trigonometry or pre-calculus.

 

 

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