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Human Nutrition and Foods

Nutrition is essential for good health and well-being.

By the numbers73

Dietitians and nutritionists rank No. 73 in The 100 Best Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).


What is Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU like?


You’ve undoubtedly heard the adage “You are what you eat.” Nutrition is a huge part of that and essential for good health and well-being (beyond the numbers on a scale). With this pre-professional program, you’ll prepare to become a registered dietitian, nutritionist or health educator (to name a few) able to set others up for success in the areas of lifestyle modifications, along with food and nutrition.

The Human Nutrition and Foods program focuses on dietetics, but it also provides a strong foundation for graduate work, professional school in several health-related fields, research and community involvement. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in the basic sciences, food and nutritional sciences, social sciences, medical nutrition therapy and disease management.

At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Dietetics
    Ideal for students interested community or medical nutrition. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible for this emphasis area and to receive a Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement.

Fast Facts

What makes Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Conduct undergraduate research focused on the prevention of chronic diseases in the Lifestyle Intervention Lab.
  • Work with Human Nutrition and Foods professors as an undergraduate teaching assistant.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

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Professional Organizations

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What can you do with this degree?

Many of our graduates go on to become registered dietitian nutritionists. They also further their education by attending graduate or professional (veterinary, medicine, dental, pharmacy or public health) school.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Human Nutrition and Foods major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Human Nutrition and Foods major.

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Popular Courses

HN&F 171:
Introduction to Human Nutrition

Nutrient structure, metabolism, integrated function and their importance to human well-being during all stages of the life cycle. Current concerns and those of special interest to college students in meeting nutrient needs.

HN&F 348:
Science of Food Preparation

To explore functional properties of ingredients and applied scientific theories to food preparation.

HN&F 364:
Nutrition Education & Counseling

Roles, responsibilities, and limitations of the professional health/nutrition educator in nutrition counseling, guidance and referral, nutrition needs assessment, dynamics of nutrition counseling interaction, and selected counseling techniques.

HN&F 474:
Medical Nutrition Therapy 2

Nutritional care aspects of patients. Modification of diet to meet human nutrition needs in various medical conditions.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Human Nutrition and Foods major have included:

Cost and Aid

How much does Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $411
Per Semester $4,932
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,864
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,092
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,184
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,392
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,784
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Ways to Save

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Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Human Nutrition and Foods can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Human Nutrition and Foods has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Human Nutrition and Foods major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Next Steps

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