Major Concentrations

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Students getting their Bachelor's of Science in Food Science & Human Nutrition tailor their education to the career they desire by selecting from one of our four concentrations. Each concentration prioritizes blending classroom-based experience with experiential learning. Meaning our students can get immersed in their area of study through field trips, study abroad, and undergraduate research projects.


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Dietetics is the high-tech science of applying food and nutrition to health. It is a vital, growing field open to creativity and opportunity. The Dietetics Program at the University of Illinois is recognized as one of the top dietetic programs in the nation. This program provides a diverse curriculum to meet the standards of education as set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Dietetics Concentration Information

Food Science

Food Science delves into all the main components of food production. Approved by the Institute of Food Technologists, this concentration integrates chemistry, microbiology, and processing to create new foods and to contribute to a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply.

Food Science Concentration Information

Hospitality Management

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Our Hospitality Management concentration combines business and management principles with the scientific principles of food to prepare students to be leaders in the hospitality industry. Students have the opportunity to operate the Bevier Cafe and Spicebox restaurants as part of their coursework. This concentration is perfect if you're looking for a career in restaurant management, event planning, catering and lodging.

Hospitality Management Concentration Information

Human Nutrition

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This concentration focuses on the field of human nutrition and reflects the growing need to prepare individuals for careers in health and nutrition. If you're interested in pursuing advanced degrees in nutritional sciences or professional degrees in medicine, dentistry or law, the human nutrition concentration may be a good fit for you.

Human Nutrition Concentration Information