Nutrition is currently a topic of great interest in the United States, since good nutrition has such an impact on wellness and the prevention of many common chronic diseases.
It is even being discussed in the political arena, with current legislative proposals to change nutrition requirements in the schools, and proposals to improve food labeling.
Holyoke Community College offers the following degree:
The A.S. Degree in Nutrition was developed for students who wish to begin nutrition studies at HCC and transfer to four-year institutions such as the University of Massachusetts, Fitchburg State University, Springfield College, Cornell University and others. Students in this program follow a course of studies rich in liberal arts and science. In addition to general education requirements, students study chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, statistics and nutrition specific to nutrition majors. This program is designed so that students transfer into a four-year program as a junior. Students develop interpersonal and leadership skills through coursework and participation in community service and internship opportunities.
Students in the Nutrition program must continue their studies and complete a Bachelor's Degree followed by a one year full-time internship to qualify for the licensure and employment as a registered dietician. Once credentialed, students with a B.S. in Nutrition are eligible for a variety of career opportunities in food services, clinical environments, nutrition counseling, and other related positions.