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Food Science and Human Nutrition Food Science and Human Nutrition

Human Nutrition and Dietetics Degrees


Additional DP Information Premed and Human Nutrition and Dietetics

This area of study emphasizes the effect of nutrients on peoples health and the role of diet in prevention or treatment of chronic diseases. Nutrition is a diverse, rewarding and growing field that requires a strong background in science. Suggested Plan of Study | Admission Requirements The B.S. degree with a concentration in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (also known as the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics DP) provides undergraduate preparation for students who wish to become registered dietitians and prepares students to pursue a broad range of careers in nutrition or to continue with graduate studies, including those at medical schools with completion of additional courses in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Human Nutrition and Dietetics majors may choose to take electives in exercise science, business administration, psychology or other areas in preparation for future careers. Students may be involved in research or teaching by taking credits for special projects, or through work-study and/or work-merit positions. The Nutrition Club sponsors guest speakers and community nutrition education projects. Outstanding students are eligible for the Kappa Omicron Nu and Phi Tau Sigma honor societies. Competitive scholarships are available within the department and college and through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Maine Nutrition Council. The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Maine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 5400. After graduation, students receive a DP verification statement and are eligible to complete an Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IP). Upon the successful completion of an IP, students are eligible to take a national exam to become a Registered (RD) and/or Licensed (LD) Dietitian. Many positions in nutrition require RD and/or LD credentials.

Welcome to Food Science and Human Nutrition

Serving the State of Maine and Beyond Greetings from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Maine! We are dedicated to providing quality undergraduate and graduate education, relevant research, and exceptional public service. Our faculty collaborates with researchers and industrial partners within the state and around the globe. Our departmental facilities in Hitchner Hall contain spacious research laboratories, a commercial teaching kitchen, a Consumer Testing Center for sensory evaluation of foods, and a Pilot Plant food processing facility. The undergraduate degree program leads to a B.S. degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Three concentrations are offered: Food Science, Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Management. Each concentration prepares students for different careers in the area of food science and human nutrition. Students who meet admission criteria may enter the Departments programs in September, January or during the summer. Interested students should submit their applications several months in advance to insure admission for the next semester. Undergraduate student applications are available through the Office of Admissions. Graduate students traditionally work on research projects that are ongoing among the faculty; hence, it is important for incoming graduates to be aware of research interests of each graduate faculty member. Students and major faculty advisors mutually seek out each other for common interests and research support. The department has limited teaching assistantships and research assistantships as determined by grant funding of individual faculty. Teaching assistantships include tuition payment. Research assistantships may or may not cover tuition. Student fees are not covered by assistantships. All graduates have the opportunity for health coverage through the university. Assistantships pay part of the health coverage. All students holding an assistantship are charged instate tuition rates, regardless of where they come from. The department encourages prospective students to visit. Should you desire to visit the campus or want additional information please contact the appropriate coordinator to set up a tour. Undergraduate Coordinator: Dr. Susan Sullivan, phone: (207) 581-3130, email: susans@maine.edu Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Denise I. Skonberg, phone: 207-581-1639, email: denise.skonberg@umit.maine.edu