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Applied Food and Nutrition, B.S.

Those who study food and nutrition focus on integrating nutrition knowledge into medical nutrition therapy for the prevention and treatment of disease. Nutrition education and counseling and food service management are key skills emphasized throughout the program.

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Program Overview

Grand Valley's bachelor of science program is unique in that it embeds professional practicum experiences in food service, community, and clinical nutrition with didactic studies of food culture, nutrigenomics, and sustainability.

There is secondary admission to this program.

Why Study Applied Food and Nutrition at Grand Valley?

  • The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics as a Didactic Program in Dietetics, making graduates eligible for further study in accredited internship and graduate programs leading to eligibility to be credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
  • AF&N graduates are eligible to be credentialed as a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR).
  • The program provides approximately 400 hours of supervised practice experience consisting of community learning, simulation and internship experiences.
  • Opportunities for quality improvement studies and involvement in faculty-led research, as well as collaborative projects.
  • Use of the culinary and food laboratory for advanced food management classes and the simulation center for clinical practice.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile

  • Face To Face


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Food management and service
  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Health and interpersonal communication
  • Management

The program includes field experiences, internships, research, and simulation.

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the applied food and nutrition program is a competitive selective process that requires a secondary application. Prospective students can access the application by clicking here.

For More Information

College of Health Professions
School of Interdisciplinary Health
Applied Food and Nutrition
106 Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall
500 Lafayette Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5555

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