A Flexible Degree that Suits a Variety of Careers

A number of people who come through our program are not interested in becoming registered dietitians but do want to pursue careers that require a background in food and nutrition. That’s why we created the food and nutrition major; it’s the ideal program if you want to incorporate nutrition into your profession without committing to a career as a dietitian. You’ll build from a broad understanding of culinary skills and personal nutrition. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose a minor or cognate that best suits your desired career path.

Why Samford?

It begins with excellent academics, led by talented and professional faculty. There are a number of reasons to choose Samford University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, including:

  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom
  • Highly educated and experienced faculty who are always available to you
  • Receiving a curriculum based on nutrition but also tailored to suit your individual interests
  • Hands-on teaching, nutrition seminars, experiential learning in the workplace and opportunities to study abroad
  • The opportunity to join the Student Dietetic Association

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must apply for admission to Samford University. Transfer students must have a 2.5 GPA.

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Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078 or disability@samford.edu.


Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition have extensive knowledge regarding culinary skills and personal nutrition. Upon completion of the program, our graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of careers that interest them, such as:

  • Health and/or Wellness Coach
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Health Fitness Specialist
  • Family Life Educator
  • Health Care School Food Service Manager
  • Cooperative Extension Education
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Food Scientist
  • Bioinformatics
  • Culinary School
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Business, Economy or Industry
  • Journalism or Mass Communications
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profit Management
  • Missions/Missions Education
  • Education Class A Certification Fifth Year
  • Accelerated Second Degree RN Program 

Our Commitment

"The strength of the Foods and Nutrition major is the flexibility of selecting a minor or cognate that fulfills the goals for students interested a variety of careers including, but not limited to: culinary, food science, business, journalism, community outreach programs, public relations, missions and a variety of careers related to wellness, health education and fitness."

--Pat Terry,  Ph.D., RD, LD, Professor and Food Labs Director, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Life in the Program

"My experience at Samford University has been exceptional. It is a very welcoming place that has challenged me, encouraged me, and given me multiple opportunities to learn and grow. I have found the KINS department to have a very helpful and friendly staff; they are very knowledgeable in the classroom and come alongside all the students for extra help, encouragement and local connections. It is obvious the professors want their students to succeed and will do their best to make that happen. 

— Mary Varnell ‘14

Plan of Study