Nutrition is the science in which biology, chemistry. and social sciences meet to study and explain metabolic pathways for nutrients, therapies for diseases, and food habits and customs.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Nutritional Sciences
offers undergraduates a choice of 2 degrees that reflect theses areas of nutrition:
Dietetics: The UW-Madison Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) combines clinical and managerial courses with the nutrition core to prepare students to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN). RDNs work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, colleges, wellness programs and nursing homes as well as in public health agencies, the food industry, and research labs. Learn more about careers as a RDN by visiting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education and Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Students who complete the Nutritional Sciences major in the DPD program receive the Bachelor of Science–Dietetics degree.
Nutritional Sciences: This degree is focused on the natural sciences necessary for a solid background in the biological aspects of Nutrition. A Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences with a major in Nutritional Sciences prepares a student for work in research laboratories, food and nutrition industries, or experimental stations. This degree provides an excellent foundation for graduate study, medical school, and health-related careers in nursing and nutrition.
Students interested in pursuing the Global Health Certificate should visit the Global Health Institute website for more information.