Nutrition and Food

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

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

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.

Core Courses

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

Please note, this major does not fulfill the DPD requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian. 

Science/Math Requirements: 

  • CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry: Inorganic
  • BIOL 113 General Biology
  • MATH 118 Introduction to Statistics

Nutrition Requirements:

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

Track in Nutrition, Health Promotion and Wellness

In addition to the core courses listed above for the Nutrition and Food major, the following courses are required for the Nutrition, Health Promotion, and Wellness track. 

A total of 72 credits of required and elective courses are required for this major.

Additional Science Requirements:

  • BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 246 Foundations of Exercise and Health

Additional Nutrition Requirements:

  • NUTR 101 Food Science or NUTR 201 Advanced Food Science
  • NUTR 215 Sports Nutrition
  • NUTR 381 Advanced Applications in Community Nutrition
  • NUTR 390 Selected Topics in Nutrition

Required Communication/Management Core Courses:

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

Required to select ONE of the following Communication Courses:

  • COMM 163 Radio Operations and Performance
  • COMM 186 Intro to PR and Marketing Communication
  • COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • COMM 244 Web Design
  • COMM 281 Writing for Pub Relations & Integrated Marketing Com
  • COMM 262 Media Convergence


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

Track in Food Service Management

A possible track within the nutrition program is food service management. The following courses are required:

Science Requirements:

  • BIOL 221 Microbiology
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic

Additional Nutrition Requirements:

  • NUTR 201 Advanced Food Science
  • NUTR 249 Leadership in Food Service Management
  • NUTR 390 Selected Topics in Nutrition 
  • NUTR 381 Advanced Applications in Community Nutrition (for those who entered prior to Fall 2015)

Pick either Option:

Option 1:

  • ACCT 110 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 260 Finance
  • BUS 250 Marketing or BUS 221 Project Management

Option 2:

  • BUS 137 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • BUS 250 Marketing
  • BUS 221 Project Management

Capstone course(s) or Independent Learning for the Nutrition and Food Majors

For those student entering as freshman the fall, 2015 or later, there is a Capstone course requirement under the PLAN. This requirement is met by taking Advanced Applications  in Community Nutrition (NUTR 381) and Selected Topics in Nutrition (NUTR 390). 

For those entering as a freshman prior to the fall 2015, there is an 8-credit all-College of independent learning; four semester hours must be fulfilled by enrolling in Advanced Applications in Community Nutrition (NUTR 381) and the remaining four semester hours are  met by NUTR 390.

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

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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