Courses & Programs

Health, Fitness & Nutrition

Food has become one of the hottest topics in the healthcare industry, and society in general.

A female nutrition student wearing glasses and talking during class

The twenty-first century has witnessed both epidemic obesity in the U.S. and the creation of highly specialized diets that promote wellness, and even cure disease. So, it's easy to see why food and nutrition has become one of the hottest topics in the healthcare industry and society in general.

Nutrition science is the study of how our bodies transform everything from applesauce to zucchini into energy. It is the study of the nutrients that make up the food we eat and how our diet affects our overall health. Whether you're preparing for a career in the field of dietetics or are interested in nutrition for personal enrichment, you'll enjoy learning about this fascinating field.

Holyoke Community College offers the following degree and certificate options:



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:

A.A. Nutrition & Food

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.