Foods and Nutrition in Business

If you possess a flair for food and the ability to communicate effectively, then the foods and nutrition in business major could be for you. This major helps bridge the gap between industry and the consumer, and prepares you for a marketing/sales career within the food industry. Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

Career Options

Flexible course requirements allow you to tailor your education to suit a variety of careers. Work settings include food-related associations, hospitals, hotels, major food manufacturers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, school systems, and universities.

Positions include:

  • Foods and nutrition consumer educator
  • Public relations director
  • Food stylist
  • Product evaluator
  • Food editor
  • Industry/consumer liaison

Graduates will also be qualified to work in the following areas:

  • Consumer affairs
  • Test kitchens
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Technical sales
  • Food sales
  • Retail sales
  • Ingredient sales

Coursework

The program combines food science and nutrition with courses in management, business, and communication, and emphasizes marketing and sales in the foods industry. Coursework includes:

Marketing and Sales

  • Advanced Agri-Sales and Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Financial Management of Agricultural Business
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Agricultural and Food Business Strategy
  • Quantity Food Production
  • Supervision
  • Consumer Affairs

Nutrition

  • Current Issues in Foods and Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Diet Selection and Planning
  • Communication Techniques in Foods and Nutrition

Food Science

  • Basic Food Science
  • Food Chemistry
  • Sensory Qualities and Evaluation of Foods
  • Current Topics in Food Science
  • Food Regulations
  • Food Engineering

Basic Science

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology

Humanities

  • Communications
  • English Composition
  • Economics
  • Psychology or Sociology

See a complete list of Nutrition Science courses.


Experiential Learning

The Department of Nutrition Science provides access to internship and recruitment information for students majoring in foods and nutrition in business. Through an internship, you can get actual industry experience that will give you an edge with prospective employers.

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