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Nutrition & Food Science

Welcome to the delightful world of food! In our department students learn many things about how food can be used to nourish the body and promote health and longevity. Students can also get information and be advised on degrees and careers in nutrition and food science.

About Us

The Nutrition and Food Science department, located in Beemon Hall, is one of many academic departments on the Raymond Campus. The department’s name was changed from Home Economics to Nutrition and Food Science in 2007. Our mission is to provide quality courses and to have students fulfill the requirements of the first two years of their four-year college degree program with us. We strive to have students learn as much as possible to improve understanding of nutrition and food science and to expose them to alternative career paths.

What We Offer

We offer courses and advising to students. Our nutrition courses are offered in both classroom and online formats. These courses help to prepare students for admission to food science, nursing, dietetics, sports training, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, and other health-related programs. We offer to advise students interested in careers in nutrition, dietetics, food science, and related fields.

About Our Courses

NUTRITION course numbers FCS 1253 and BIO 1613 are introductory level, 3 credit hour non-lab science courses (no lab), offered in both onsite and online formats. No need to purchase a textbook for any of our courses; these are provided through instant access agreements. Onsite course sections are offered each fall and spring semester in the 16-week format. Online sections are offered through Canvas and run for either 8 or 16 weeks during the fall and spring terms and 8 weeks only during the summer. PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION (FCS 1233) is a non-majors nutrition course (no lab), also offered in on-campus and on-line formats. These courses are transferrable in accordance with our articulation agreements (MATT) with four-year state institutions. However, check with your target institution to be certain.

Our nutrition courses are currently listed under “FCS” (Family and Consumer Sciences) and “BIO” (Biology). Raymond campus day classes meet in Bee Hall, room 110. Night classes meet on the Jackson ATC, Rankin, and Vicksburg campuses. Online classes are available to students on all campuses through our e-Learning Department.

Required for degrees in:

  • Culinary Science/Culinology
  • Dietetics
  • Food Science
  • Nutrition

Elective for degrees in:

  • Allied-health Sciences
  • Biology
  • Child Care
  • Education
  • Family Consumer Sciences
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Sports Coaching Education
  • Sports Management Other
  • Others

Sample Transfer Guides for Our Majors

Earning Your Degree

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in general studies covering the first two years of college can be earned from Hinds. The final two years of coursework must be completed at a four-year institution in order to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, or Food Science. Two-year colleges in Mississippi do not offer any special degree or certificate in Nutrition, Dietetics, or Food Science.

Jobs and Careers in Nutrition and Food Science

Nutrition and Food Science degrees can be the foundation for career opportunities in many areas, including:

  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Nutritional Research
  • Biomedical Research
  • Food and Nutrition Management
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Education
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Consulting/Private Practice
  • Health Promotions
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Business and Industry
  • Media
  • International Food Organizations
  • Public Policy/Government
  • Culinary Science/Culinology
  • Food technology
  • Food Engineering
  • Product/process development
  • Food Toxicology

Click topic for more information on careers in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Food Science.