Nutrition, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you interested in developing a healthy, balanced lifestyle? Do you want to help others do the same? Consider pursuing a degree in nutrition and food!

A Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition and Food focuses on fundamental principles of food use, individuals' nutritional requirements, and the chemical and biological processes behind what we eat. The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences is proud to have a top-25 nutrition program in the U.S. according to Public Health Online. The diversity of our program will help you develop and master critical skills in analysis, comprehension, and application as you examine food sources, food evaluation, food selection, and the relationship of food to nutrition and health.

Nutrition and food majors are required to add further depth and specialization to their degree by choosing a concentration in either food service management or nutrition and health. If you are interested in learning more about what it takes to manage a restaurant, oversee food service operations, comply with health codes, and interact with customers, the food service management concentration can be a valuable addition to your studies. If you want to study the social impacts of the food we eat, including how it affects our economy, psychology, and culture, a concentration in nutrition and health is a useful degree complement.

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Matt Arnold wants to work in many areas of the food service industry from being a cook to management in restaurants with different atmospheres and cuisines before reaching his goal of opening his own restaurant.

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Each major program within the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences strategically combines theory with practical application centered around professional preparedness. Your studies will introduce you to the concept of vocation and living out your calling through the integration and development of your passions and talents to meet the needs of others. You will also work on developing an innovative professional portfolio and personal code of ethics, and articulating what you believe and how you want to serve. This combination of professional development and practical, experiential learning will equip you to confidently step into the changing world of tomorrow.

The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences also has opportunities to engage your passions outside the classroom. You can choose to participate in Phi Upsilon Omicron and enhance your leadership skills through service events. Or you can sign up as a "buddy" for the Special Olympics and cheer on athletes in their quest for a medal.



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  • Sports and Fitness


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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

With an increasing global awareness of how decisions around food directly affect health and well-being, there is a greater demand for professionals trained in nutrition and food science. Nutrition and food graduates from PLNU are sought out because of their deeply rooted passion for serving people and in-depth knowledge to promote healthy lifestyle choices. The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences cultivates professionalism and a values-driven approach to work in a context that combines your intellect and faith — equipping you to become a purposeful and trustworthy leader in your workplace.

A Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition and Food can lead to a career as a:

  • Food Preparation manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Food Science Researcher
  • Personal Chef
  • Dietary Aide
  • Restaurant General Manager
  • Food Service Supervisor
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Caterer
  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Diet Clerk
  • WIC Degreed Nutritionist
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