Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

About this Major

A female student planting vegetables

Nutrition students are generally interested in many aspects of food, health and people with a desire to make a difference in the well being of others. To achieve professional expertise students pursue a variety of extracurricular educational opportunities in addition to their traditional coursework. 

Real-world learning opportunities

  • Community service — As part of community service nutrition/dietetic students study and work in the community delivering nutrition education at schools, senior citizen centers and the Los Angeles County Women, Infants and Children Clinics. 

  • Internships — Through internships, some nutrition science students are studying the immunological properties of human milk at a new biotech company that processes human milk for neonatal intensive care units. 

  • Research — One student took the initiative to author a research paper on the nutrient composition of donated human milk which is now in press in the journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Another undergraduate nutrition science student published two papers during his undergraduate study with a professor! 

  • Volunteer — Other students volunteer at local hospitals and skilled nursing facilities where they work with a variety of patients such as those with congestive heart failure. 

Food science students learn food processing while pursuing internships at dairy, sushi, supplement, fresh produce packaging, and other types of food companies. On-campus students have the opportunity to participate in National Institutes of Health-funded research on the requirement for folate and choline in subjects with different genetic backgrounds, as well as industry-supported research of developing healthy food alternatives. 

Unique courses

The Department of Nutrition and Food Science has created unique courses that are not taught at most, if any, other universities. These courses are focused on nutrition genetics and evaluation of alternative medicine. We also are introducing a year of practical nutrition Spanish for junior and senior dietetic students (a Spanish minor is encouraged for some students). New courses in food engineering, food plant unit operations, and food chemistry are currently being offered. In the past year food science students went to Costa Rica to study food systems in the developing countries. This course will be offered every other year. 

Enduring friendships

Form enduring friendships through club and student competition teams. NFS students spontaneously form some the of most active and productive clubs at Cal Poly Pomona: the Food and Nutrition Forum and the Food Scientists Society (national finalists for student club of the year 2008). Both food science and nutrition students form college bowl teams to compete against other universities. The Food Science team competes annually in the Mountain West Region. Students form their own food product development teams that compete locally and nationally.  Students recently won two of three Southern California Institute of Food Technologists Section food product development contests at Cal State Los Angeles and at Cal Poly Pomona.  One team's product - a gluten-free snack - finished third nationally at the annual IFT meeting in Orlando, Fla .

Hands-on learning

The nutrition and food science professors at Cal Poly Pomona will offer you a challenging education with hands-on learning opportunities while your fellow students offer you a supportive, friendly and fun environment as you learn.  Please consider a visit!


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