Nutrition and Food Science, B.S.

Nutrition and Food Science

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Nutrition and Food Science, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science is offered through the College of Behavioral and Health Science at MTSU. The major in Nutrition and Food Science offers preparation for careers in community nutrition services; county, state, and federal health departments; food systems management; food processing; food marketing; and quality control.

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Graduate's passion for science, cooking turns into career

Graduate's passion for science, cooking turns into career

Growing up, Matthew Jobe developed a passion for science and cooking. As a teen, he took four years of Culinary Arts at Blackman High School, where he learned that food is much more than what you see at the grocery store or on a menu at a restaurant. Fast forward to his sophomore year at MTSU, Jobe discovered the Food Science major and decided to follow his life-long passion. As part of his food industry class, Jobe toured Taylor Farms in Smyrna, Tennessee, which he described as an "eye-opening" experience. "I had never seen the amount that goes into receiving, production and procession of food which instantly piqued my interest," he recalled. A month after touring the facility, Jobe accepted a job as a Lead Quality Assurance Specialist. "I have learned so much about food testing, good manufacturing practices and food safety, which has given me the skills to move forward in my career in the food industry," he said. Jobe hopes to become a Food Scientist for Taylor Farms in the future.

NFS graduate thrives on knowing she makes differences in people’s lives

NFS graduate thrives on knowing she makes differences in people’s lives

Aliyah Young's vibrant personality and passion for health and wellness drove her to pursue two majors at MTSU. In 2017, she earned her first B.S. degree in Exercise Science. A few years later, she returned to complete her second degree in Nutrition and Food Science. Her interest in Extension ignited during a paid summer internship with the Davidson County Extension Office, solidifying her desire to merge both passions in community work.

Currently serving as a SNAP Nutrition Educator at the Rutherford County Extension Office, Aliyah combines her knowledge from both degrees to educate the community on how food choices and active lifestyles contribute to overall health. Reflecting on her role, she emphasizes the gratification of receiving testimonials from individuals who have transformed their habits due to her guidance. Aliyah expresses, "The most rewarding part of my job is knowing I've made a difference and will continue to do so."

News Briefs

Graduate's passion for science, cooking turns into career

Growing up, Matthew Jobe developed a passion for science and cooking. As a teen, he took four years of Culinary Arts at Blackman High School, where he learned that food is much more than what you see at the grocery store or on a menu at a restaurant. Fast forward to his sophomore year at MTSU, Jobe discovered the Food Science major and decided to follow his life-long passion. As part of his food industry class, Jobe toured Taylor Farms in Smyrna, Tennessee, which he described as an "eye-opening" experience. "I had never seen the amount that goes into receiving, production and procession of food which instantly piqued my interest," he recalled. A month after touring the facility, Jobe accepted a job as a Lead Quality Assurance Specialist. "I have learned so much about food testing, good manufacturing practices and food safety, which has given me the skills to move forward in my career in the food industry," he said. Jobe hopes to become a Food Scientist for Taylor Farms in the future.

NFS graduate thrives on knowing she makes differences in people’s lives

Aliyah Young's vibrant personality and passion for health and wellness drove her to pursue two majors at MTSU. In 2017, she earned her first B.S. degree in Exercise Science. A few years later, she returned to complete her second degree in Nutrition and Food Science. Her interest in Extension ignited during a paid summer internship with the Davidson County Extension Office, solidifying her desire to merge both passions in community work.

Currently serving as a SNAP Nutrition Educator at the Rutherford County Extension Office, Aliyah combines her knowledge from both degrees to educate the community on how food choices and active lifestyles contribute to overall health. Reflecting on her role, she emphasizes the gratification of receiving testimonials from individuals who have transformed their habits due to her guidance. Aliyah expresses, "The most rewarding part of my job is knowing I've made a difference and will continue to do so."

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The major in Nutrition and Food Science offers preparation for careers in community nutrition services; county, state, and federal health departments; food processing; food marketing; and quality control. Examples include:

  • Catering manager
  • Extension Agent
  • Food researcher
  • Food-service manager (schools, hospitals, residential care facilities, prisons, etc.)
  • Production manager
  • Public nutrition educator
  • Purchasing manager
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Restaurant manager and/or owner
  • Sales representative
  • School nutrition director

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Adams Place
  • County Health Departments (many counties)
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Healthways
  • Middle Tennessee Medical Center
  • Morrison Management Specialists
  • Nashville Metro Public Health Department and Schools
  • National HealthCare Corporation
  • Noom
  • Sodexo
  • Spectra Laboratories
  • Stewart County (Tenn.) Schools
  • UT Extension Agent (many counties)

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