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Food, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies


Programs in food, nutrition, and wellness studies teach people about the role of food in health, wellness, and development.

Students learn about the relationship between eating and health. They learn about the nutritional needs of the body at all stages of life.

Food, nutrition, and wellness studies programs include topics such as:


A few community colleges offer associate degrees in food, nutrition, and wellness studies. An associate degree program usually takes two years to complete.

Many colleges and universities also offer a bachelor's degree in food, nutrition, and wellness studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study. Some schools offer a post-bachelor's certificate program that usually requires one year of full-time study after getting a bachelor's degree.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in food, nutrition, and wellness studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General. Your bachelor's degree should be in a food- or nutrition-related program of study.

You also need to submit letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. A personal interview may be required at some schools.

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Course work in graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree varies. However, the general outline for a typical graduate curriculum looks like the following:

Things to Know

Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Although internships are not required in this program of study, they are a way to meet prospective employers and acquire references.

Some states license nutritionists. If you would like to work as a licensed nutritionist, you typically must have at least a bachelor's degree in this program of study.

This program may be part of a larger dietetics or nutrition program.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla University

King-Snohomish Area

Bastyr University

Cascadia College

Everett Community College

Kerala Ayurveda Academy

North Seattle College

Seattle Pacific University

Shoreline Community College

South Seattle College

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Washington State University Health Sciences - Spokane

Tacoma Area

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Tacoma Community College

West Side Area

Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.

Skagit Valley College

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College