Those wishing to pursue a nutrition degree can do so at a growing number of schools across the nation but you may be wondering exactly what topics are to be covered by those undertaking such a degree.
A nutrition degree is a science based course of study so a strong knowledge of biology and chemistry related subject matter is required but in order to obtain a nutrition degree the student must also learn about many aspects related to food and behavior-related sciences. For instance:
The basic attributes of plants – which color of potato contains the highest concentration of vitamins?
The psychology surrounding human diet patterns – why do people tend to react to stress by eating more?
Metabolism – Understanding how the human body uses and burns the calories it takes in.
Food preparation science – How does the way food is prepared impact its nutritional value?
Recipe science – learning how to create dishes that pack the greatest nutritional ‘punch”
Dysfunctional nutrition – what eating habits are bad for people in general and why do they follow such diets?
Human biochemistry – why do women’s bodies store fats in a different manner to men?
Cultural food influences – hoe does the way, or the place a person is raised affect their food choices?
As this handful of examples demonstrates, the courses followed by those studying for a nutrition degree are extremely varied. The nutritionist has a wide range of job opportunities available to them after graduation from school and any good school offering a nutrition degree program will ensure that their students graduate with the basic knowledge and tools they need to be successful in any one of them.