Nutrition and Food Sciences, BS

Nutrition is critical to just about everything in life. With CBU's nutrition and food sciences degree, students can make a difference in the health and well-being of many lives.

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Program Intro

CBU's nutrition and food sciences bachelor's program mixes courses in the life sciences with community nutrition, food technology and more.

72 Units

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4000 sq.ft. Size of CBU's Food Innovation Center
28 Required Major Courses

Why Study Nutrition and Food Sciences at CBU?

Cook in a state-of-the-art kitchen

Many courses are taught in CBU’s Food Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art facility for students and faculty to conduct research, engage in community service projects and develop food products. Many graduates of the nutrition and food services program have found immediate employment in the food industry or have gone on to graduate programs in dietetics, food science or public health.

Serve overseas

Students can travel during the summer and serve in the health professions in various overseas locations. Some locations include Tanzania, China and the Philippines. To prepare for participation in Global Health Engagement, students will need to take two courses, ALH 301 Global Health Engagement Seminar and ALH 401 Global Health Engagement Practicum.

What You'll Learn

Students in CBU's nutrition and food sciences bachelor's program will learn to:

Program Details

NFS 300: Lifecycle Nutrition

This class will provide a rapidly moving study of nutrition in the lifecycle from infancy through advancing years. 

NFS 315: Experimental Foods

Students will learn to apply basic nutrition and food science research designs to conduct experiments, interpret data, and write reports.

NFS 310: Community and Public Health Nutrition

Study of the community-based programs with nutrition components, including work-site wellness, health promotion, schools, day-care programs, and health clinics. 

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Akua Amankwaah, PhD, RDN

Associate Professor of Nutrition & Food Sciences

Office Phone: 951-552-8458
Office Location: Health Sciences Campus, H 136

Lindsay Fahnestock, Dr.P.H.

Associate Professor of Public Health

Office Phone: 951-552-8154
Office Location: H134

Katherine Gomez

I loved learning about food science in this program and being able to have hands-on experience in the Food Innovation Center. The coursework allowed me to see the many opportunities that I would have with a nutrition degree.

Katherine Gomez '22

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CariAnn Palmer

My nutrition professors have given me incredible opportunities to gain hands-on experience outside of the school walls. I have been a student intern at RUSD's Nutrition Service Department, done research with PhD students at UCR, participated in health screenings, and volunteered with Feeding America. I know that God called me to this major to radically change people's lives and show them the love He has for them.

CariAnn Palmer '18

Makayla Keeth

I'm interested in how food can fuel the human body, and I would like to be an athletic nutritionist. I'm learning all the wonders God has created through what food can do for you.

Makayla Keeth '21

students and teachers in the food innovation center

Student Opportunities: Food Innovation Center

The state-of-the-art Food Innovation Center is the focal point of CBU's nutrition and food services program and is used as a laboratory for students, for service projects and for food industry research and development.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of CBU's nutrition and food sciences program will be well prepared for various careers in the industry. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Nutritionist
  • Food Scientist
  • Dietitian
  • Chef
  • Food Technologist
  • Food Microbiologist
  • Community Nutrition Educator
  • Nutrition Researcher
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Flavor Chemist
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Food Safety Manager
  • Experimental Food Developer
  • Hospitality Manager

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