Do you have a passion for food? It's time to put it to use.

We offer two tracks within the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food program: Food Service Management; and Nutrition, Wellness, and Health Promotion.

In the Food Service Management track, you'll focus on the controls of the food service system -- like accounting, budgeting, pricing and regulations -- and critically understand the theories and applications of human resources management, marketing and organizational design.

Through in-depth team projects, our students focus on modern food production, design, quality and productivity. You'll understand the health effects of nutrient inadequacies and excesses -- and learn the value of producing quality food to achieve organizational and nutritional goals.

Are you interested in communicating nutrition information through social media, believe in exercise as part of a holistic approach, and have an entrepreneurial spirit? In the Nutrition, Wellness, and Health Promotion track you will work across disciplines to gain an appreciation for communicating sound nutrition information to targeted populations and communities to encourage individuals to make healthy decisions.  You’ll learn to assess and evaluate community programs, while taking advantage of our location to work in a wide range of program sites.

Our students apply their skills through internships at organizations like Panera Bread, Women's Lunch Place, Rosie's Place, The Boston Elder Protective Services Program, Aramark and the Somerville Health Department. Our graduates are leaders in the food service management industry and find success as directors, planners and managers.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
The core courses for this program – whether you follow the Nutrition, Wellness and Health Promotion track or the Food Service Management track –  are shown below. A total of 72 credits of required and elective courses are required for the Nutrition and Food major.

Science Requirements:

  • BIOL 113 General Biology*
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic*
  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics

*with Lab

Nutrition Requirements:

  • NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science
  • NUTR 237 The Practice of Community Nutrition
  • NUTR 248 Food Production and Service Systems

Food Service Management Track

The following courses are required in addition to the core courses for the Food Service Management track:

Additional Science Requirements:
  • BIOL 221 Microbiology*
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic*

*with Lab

Additional Nutrition Requirements:

  • NUTR 201 Advanced Food Science*
  • NUTR 249 Leadership in Nutrition Management 
  • NUTR 380 Field Experience
  • NUTR 381 Advanced Practice in Community Nutrition

*with Lab

Pick Either Option:

Option 1:

  • MGMT 110 Financial Accounting
  • MGMT 250 Marketing or MGMT 221 Project Management
  • MGMT 260 Finance
Option 2:
  • MGMT 137 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MGMT 250  Marketing
  • MGMT 221 Project Management

Nutrition, Health Promotion and Wellness Track

In addition to the core courses, students take the following courses for the Nutrition, Health Promotion and Wellness track. 

Additional Science Requirements:
  • BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I 
  • BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II*
  • BIOL 246 Foundations of Exercise and Health

*with Lab

Additional Nutrition Requirements:

  • NUTR 101 Food Science or NUTR 201 Advanced Food Science
  • NUTR 215 Sports Nutrition 
  • NUTR 380 Independent Fieldwork or NUTR 350 Independent Study 
  • NUTR 381 Advanced Practice in Community Nutrition or NUTR 380 Independent Fieldwork

Required Communication/Management Core Courses:

  • COMM 121 Visual Communication
  • COMM 122 Writing and Editing Across the Media
  • COMM 124 Media, Messages and Society 
  • MGMT 137 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

At least one of the following is also required:

  • COMM 163 Radio Operations and Performance 
  • COMM 186 Intro to Public Relations and Marketing Communications
  • COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design Principles and Practices
  • COMM 244 Web I: Design for the World Wide Web
  • COMM 281 Writing for Public Relations and Integrated Marketing Communications 
  • COMM 262 Media Convergence

Students will work with their adviser to choose electives in psychology and/sociology or possible other courses that fit with your career goals.

All students will also complete coursework to fulfill the all-College degree requirements. Please see the undergraduate course catalog for details.

Minor Requirements

Students interested in a minor in nutrition would complete the following courses:

  • NUTR 101 Food Science
  • NUTR 110 Sociocultural Implications of Nutrition or NUTR 150 International Nutrition Issues
  • NUTR 111 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science or NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science
  • NUTR 248 Food Production and Service
  • One additional NUTR course at the 200-level or above
Customize Your Program

You’ll work with a faculty advisor to tailor your program to your interests and career goals. The Department of Nutrition offers many closely-related programs — such as Nutrition and Dietetics — and Simmons students have many opportunities to further customize with dual majors and complementary minors.

Internships and Research

You’ll have opportunities to explore your interests, build your skills and develop mentoring relationships with leaders in the field.

Students in our Food Service Management track apply their skills through fieldwork at organizations like: 

  • Panera Bread
  • Women’s Lunch Place
  • Rosie’s Place
  • The Boston Elder Protective Services Program
  • Aramark
  • Somerville Health Department
How to Apply

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