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Nutrition & Food Science

Minor or Certificate

The Nutrition and Food Science minor at Clarke University is designed to support and engage students in understanding how food and nutrition contribute to personal health and societal well-being. For a minor in Nutrition & Food Science, an emphasis will be placed on physical, chemical, and biological principles pertaining to food and the human person. Students will be trained with evidence-based practices to responsibly contribute to personal and societal well-being in an increasingly diverse global society. You will study principles from a variety of academic fields including chemistry, biology, nutrition, and psychology.

Nutrition & Food Science is very different than culinary science with the potential for multiple employment opportunities, including:

  • Nutritionist
  • Counseling
  • Personal Training
  • Food production management
  • Many other nutrition and health-related careers

Program Details

The Nutrition & Food Science minor is designed to give you flexibility in your college coursework. Students with an entrepreneurial focus can incorporate business or marketing courses into their curriculum. Students seeking graduate studies in health sciences can concentrate on a science-heavy curriculum with courses from chemistry, biology, and/or psychology. This minor works well with Psychology, Biochemistry, Health, Wellness and Behavioral Sciences, Sport Management, and many other majors.

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

View Our Faculty & Staff
Tim Boffeli

Tim Boffeli

Associate Professor of Psychology & Chair of Health, Wellness, & Behavioral Sciences

I am passionate about teaching and learning from challenging students.

Karen Glover, Ph.D.

Karen Glover, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry

The technology-rich environment at Clarke provides students with great hands-on opportunities.

Sunil Malapati, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

I am very proud to be part of a department that sets very high standards for student achievement, and our students have risen to the challenge.

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There’s more to college than going to class.

The Classroom and Beyond

8.3 %
Job growth

Percent that employment for nutritionists and food scientists will increase by 2026.

Yearly salary

The median annual wage for food scientists in 2017.

Student to faculty ratio

Work one-on-one with Ph.D.-level faculty.

Experience Clarke Nutrition & Food Science for Yourself

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