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Human Nutrition & Dietetic Sciences (HNDS)

The ever-expanding fields of human nutrition and dietetics encompass a wide range of careers in health care and related fields.

Career Opportunities

Dietetics

  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Healthcare/School Food Service Director
  • Private Practice Dietitian
  • Sports/Wellness Dietitian
  • Dietitian in Business and Industry

Nutrition and Fitness

  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator
  • Public School Wellness Coordinator
  • Rehabilitation Program Director

Community Nutrition

  • Community Nutritionist
  • Public Health Nutritionist

Prehealth with Emphasis in Nutrition

  • An HNDS degree is also an excellent choice for students interested in pursuing pre-professional career paths like Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, etc.

Why choose a major in Human Nutrition and Dietetic Science?

Dietetics Option- The Didactic Program in Dietetics option is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400 or (800) 877-1600)). This option is the beginning step in the preparation of students to be dietitians in a variety of practice settings. Professionals in this area work in health promotion, medical nutrition therapy, sports, and wellness. Following graduation, a supervised practice experience in a hospital or institution accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetic Education of the American Dietetic Association is required. Upon successful completion of the experience, the student is eligible to take the registration exam required by The Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association to be a Registered Dietitian.

  • Click on Dietetics Option link above to view the requirements for this option which are on page 32 (38 on navigation bar) of the Undergraduate Catalog

  • Step-by-step information related to becoming a registered dietitian is located in the Becoming a Registered Dietitian Handbook listed below.

Nutrition and Fitness Option - This option prepares the student to work with clients from both a nutrition and exercise standpoint. Graduates may be employed in areas such as corporate wellness programs, public school wellness programs, and rehabilitation facilities.

  • Click on Nutrition and Fitness Option link above to view the requirements for this option which are on page 32 & 33 of the most recent Undergraduate Catalog

Community Nutrition Option - This option prepares the student to function in a nutrition capacity in a community or public health setting such as the Department of Health; Women, Infant and Child Nutrition Program; Adult Health; Children's Medical Services; School Food Service; and the Agency on Aging.

  • Click on Community Nutrition Option link above to view the requirements for this option which are on page 32-34 (38-40 on navigation bar) of the Undergraduate Catalog

Prehealth with emphasis in Nutrition Option - Students planning to attend medical, dental or other professional schools such as physical therapy and pharmacy, may enroll in any discipline. This option is designed to meet the requirements for entry into most medical or dental schools as well as schools associated with other health professions such as physical therapy and pharmacy.

  • Click on Prehealth with emphasis in Nutrition Option link above to view the requirements for this option which are on page 32 & 33 of the most recent Undergraduate Catalog

What will I learn in Human Nutrition and Food Science?

Courses are taken in the following areas:

  • Food and nutrition sciences
  • Foodservice systems management
  • Food analysis
  • Chemistry and biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy and physiology

HNDS Faculty

For further information contact:

Devon L. Golem, PhD, RD, LD
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Box 30003, MSC 3470
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
575-646-7244
Email: dgolem@nmsu.edu

Margaret Ann Bock, PhD, RD, LD
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Box 30003, MSC 3470
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
575-646-1178
Email: abock@nmsu.edu

Wanda Eastman, PhD, RD, LD, CDE
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Box 30003, MSC 3470
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
575-646-1180
Email: wmorgan@nmsu.edu

Professional Development

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