The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree from West Chester University offers students flexibility in career paths within the field of nutrition by offering three concentrations:
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The Dietetics concentration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Students who complete the program are eligible for a Dietetic Internship or similar supervised practice experience to pursue the Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist credential (RD/RDN). A career in Dietetics includes the practice of medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, or food service management. Sample courses include: Advanced Human Nutrition; Community Nutrition; Dietetics Education Strategies; Medical Nutrition Therapy; Food Science; Foodservice and Nutrition Management.
The Lifestyle Nutrition concentration combines nutrition with business, management, and exercise science. Students learn best practices for promoting healthy lifestyles to diverse individuals and groups for positions in non-profit organizations, fitness centers, government health agencies, and health-related businesses. As a compliment to this concentration, students may pursue certification as a health coach or personal trainer. Sample courses include: Nutrition, Disease, and Health Promotion; Entrepreneurship; Nutrition for Health, Fitness, and Sports; Perspectives on Obesity; and courses in exercise science, business, and marketing.
The Sustainable Food Systems Management is an interdisciplinary concentration emphasizing an ecological and systems-based approach local, regional, and international food systems. Students are prepared for positions in food management and careers focused on sustainable food systems in businesses, healthcare, and community-based organizations. Sample courses include: Nutrition, Disease, and Health Promotion; Entrepreneurship; Sustainable Food Systems; Sustainable Community Food Systems; Geography Agriculture/Sustainability; Local Product Development; Food-to-Fork Practicum; and business and marketing courses.
The Department of Nutrition offers several opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in their areas of interest. These groups can help student get to know fellow nutrition majors with similar interests, collect volunteer hours, and network within and outside of WCU. Involvement in these groups often leads to research opportunities, as well.
Dietetics: Career includes the practice of medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, and/or food service management.
Lifestyle Nutrition: Career in non-profit organizations, fitness centers, government health agencies, and health-related businesses.
Sustainable Food Systems Management: Career focused on sustainable food systems in businesses, healthcare, and community-based organizations.