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College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Health Sciences

100 Nixson Hall
Tel: 330-672-2197


The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition provides students with a broad general education and a strong foundation in nutrition, dietetics and the sciences. The emphasis is integrating theory, research and application of knowledge to the profession of dietetics. The curriculum meets the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and graduates are eligible for admission to accredited internships. The faculty has expertise in nutritional sciences, exercise science, clinical and community practice and leadership studies.

Career Opportunities

Dietitians and nutritionists held about 64,400 jobs in 2010.  A nine percent increase in positions is projected by 2018. More than half of all jobs are in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers or offices of physicians and health practitioners. State and local government agencies provide additional jobs – mostly in correctional facilities, health departments and other public health related areas. Some dietitians and nutritionists are employed in special food services such as colleges and universities, airlines and company cafeterias. Other jobs are in public and private educational services, community care for the elderly, individual and family services, home health services and the federal government. Some dietitians are self-employed working as consultants to facilities such as hospital and nursing care facilities or providing counseling to individuals. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: overall grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 total credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division credit hours and minimum 2.250 major GPA and 2.000 overall GPA.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills necessary to plan and evaluate menus and diets of individuals/groups to promote nutritional health and well-being.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use oral and written communication skills effectively in the practice of nutrition & dietetics.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to interpret current research and utilize critical thinking skills in the practice of nutrition and dietetics.
  4. Apply acquired knowledge and skills to enroll in a supervised practice program, advanced/professional study or employment.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)