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If you believe that nothing is more important than good health, a health and nutrition degree is right for you. This degree will help you promote good health in all contexts: locally, globally, geographically, culturally, socially, and emotionally. You can choose from a plethora of courses in every conceivable aspect of health and nutrition, from birth to old age, across four tracks of study—foods and nutrition, public health, thanatology, and pre-health professions. Depending on their track, health and nutrition majors with this degree often pursue advanced degrees in medicine, nursing, and other allied health fields as well as in public health, clinical nutrition, foods management, community nutrition education, exercise science, or other professional areas.
There are many career paths in health and nutrition sciences, including clinical, food management, education, community health, and research. Brooklyn College alumni with a degree in health and nutrition sciences work in healthcare services, education, community nutrition settings, food service, research, corporate wellness, nutrition therapy, and many other fields.
The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.
Health and Nutrition Sciences 3300 or Psychology 3400.
A college-wide minimum of 24 credits in advanced courses in one department must be completed at Brooklyn College with a grade of C or higher in each course.
In addition, all students must complete the requirements in one track within the B.S. degree:
The department chairperson or designee may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of the program.
Students pursuing a B.S. with a pre-health professions or thanatology track who are planning to continue into pre-professional health programs (e.g., medicine, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant), should consult with the Pre-Health Professions program to decide which courses to take for their intended graduate program.
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Students who complete this track will meet the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The program meets the standards set by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and provides the core knowledge requirements necessary for pre-professional practice.
The DPD consists of 24 courses/70 credits and is designed for those who have an interest in the food, nutrition, and dietetics field and want to continue on the path to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The program provides a foundation in the physical, biological, and social sciences and provides a strong curriculum in metabolism, clinical and community nutrition, healthcare policy, and food management. Students completing the program will also be prepared for other nutrition and food-management related careers and will be able to sit for the Diet Technician (DTR) exam.
For complete program information, including course listings and program policies, refer to the Undergraduate Nutrition Handbook (PDF). The handbook includes information regarding the requirements and process to become an RDN, requirements for graduation and program completion, curriculum, and policies and procedures.
Students can apply to the Foods and Nutrition program through the Brooklyn College application. The major is listed as Health and Nutrition Sciences. Once you are a Brooklyn College student, you will declare the health and nutrition sciences major—foods and nutrition track. The DPD follows the BC Academic Calendar. For program cost, see Tuition and Fees and the handbook for program-specific fees.
For additional questions, e-mail the program director, Susan Jakuboski.
The mission of the didactic program in dietetics is to prepare graduates for graduate school/supervised practice, which leads to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists by providing a strong foundation in science, a critical perspective on foods and nutrition, and a cultural appreciation for diverse populations.
Goal #1—To prepare graduates with a solid foundation in science and the critical thinking skills to successfully enter a dietetic internship or graduate school in the field of health and nutrition.
Goal #2—To foster students’ appreciation for diversity and prepare graduates to work in culturally diverse communities.
Note: Program outcomes data showing the degree to which objectives were met are available upon request.
The Brooklyn College DPD is accredited by ACEND the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the “Academy”), 120 S Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, P: 312.899.4874
Biology 1010 or Biology 1001 and 1002
Health and Nutrition Sciences 2300 and 2301
All of the following: Health and Nutrition Sciences 2210, 2220, 2221, 2222W, 2223, 2240, 3210, 3230, 3250, 3255, 3270, 4213, 4230, 4240, 4241, 4300, 5250
Chemistry 1040; or both 1100 and 2100; or 1050, 2050, and 2100. Students considering health professions schools (e.g. medicine, dentistry, physical therapy), will likely need Chemistry 1100 and 2100. In some cases, students may be specifically advised to take Chemistry 1050, 2050, and 2100. Check with the Pre-Health Professions adviser.
Chemistry 2500; or both 3510 and 3520; or all of the following courses: CHEM 3511, 3512, 3521, and 3522. Students considering health professions schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry, physical therapy), will likely need to take Chemistry 3511, 3512, 3521 and 3522. Check with the Pre-Health Professions adviser.
Biology 1001, 1002.
Chemistry 1040; or 1200, 1201, 2200, 2201; or 1050, 2060, 1201, 2200, and 2201.
All of the following: Health and Nutrition Sciences 1100, 1200 or 2210, 2109W, 2120, 2130, 2140, and the fieldwork course HNSC 4180.
A minimum of 6 credits from: Health and Nutrition Sciences 2302, 2303, 2300, 2301, 2100, 2111, 2131, 2150, 2170, 2171, 2180, 2181, 2182, 2183, 2212, 2215, 2220, 2221, 3110, 3111, 3112, 3132, 3150, 3160, 3161, 3162, 3170, 3171, 3180, 3181, 3184, 3186, 3187, 3188, 3230, 3314, 3330, 3505, 4150, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4300, and courses numbered in the 5000’s.
A minimum of 15 credits from: BIOL 3003, BIOL 3004, CHEM 2500, CHEM 3511 and CHEM 3512, CHEM 3521, CHEM 3522, CHEM 4571 and CHEM 4572, CHEM 4581 and CHEM 4582, PHYS 1100, PHYS 2100, PSYC 1000; PSYC 2810, PSYC 2200.
Chemistry 1040; or 1200 and 1201; or 1050, 1201, and 2060.
All of the following: HNSC 1100, 1200 or 2210, 2100, 2109W, 2120, 2130, 2140, 2183, 3112, 3162, 3330, 4152, 4180, 5100.
With consultation with her/his adviser, the student will select 6 credits of electives drawn from other HNSC courses numbered 2000 and over or the following courses from other departments: ANTH 1100, ANTH 3150, ANTH 3135, ECON 3500, EESC 3750, HIST 3478, KINS 3281, KINS 3285, PHIL 3306, PHIL 3316, POLS 1002, POLS 3415, PSYC 1000, SOCY 1101, SOCY 3202, SUST 1001, WGST 3122, WGST 3501.
Chemistry 1040; or 1200, 1201, 2200, 2201; or 1050, 2060, 1201, 2200, and 2201
All of the following: Health and Nutrition Sciences 1100, 1200 or 2210, 2109W, 2120, 2130, 2140, 3180, 3186, 3187, 3314, and the fieldwork course HNSC 4180.
A minimum of 6 credits from the following courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 3181, 3188, 3171, 5390, Art 3151, Classics 3244 / Religion Studies 3035 / History 3025, Psychology 3260, Sociology 2402.
Brooklyn College is an integral part of the cultural and artistic energy of New York City. Our faculty members in Health and Nutrition Sciences offer incomparable expertise and tremendous talent, and each bring a unique perspective to their teaching and mentoring in and out of the classroom.
Dr. May Cheung received her Ph.D. from Drexel University in Nutrition Sciences studying the influ...
Enrique Rodriguez Pouget is an epidemiologist whose work is focused on social justice and health....
Professor Axen is a research scientist in the field of nutrition. She has been a full-time facult...
Dr, Patricia Cai is the deputy chairperson for the undergraduate Exercise Science program in the ...
Assistant Professor, Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College. A public health nutrition...
Xinyin Jiang received both her doctoral degree in nutrition and her registered dietitian credenti...
Raymond Leung sees his mission of education as one person’s efforts to elevate the existenc...
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