The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nutrition features two specializations for students: 1) Exercise Science and 2) Dietetics. Both specializations share a common core, but each has its own unique specialization requirements.
In the fall 2015, Rowan University started to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition through the Department of Health and Exercise Science in the School of Biomedical Science and Health Professions. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nutrition will feature two specializations for students: 1) Exercise Science and 2) Dietetics. Both specializations share a common core, but each has its own unique specialization requirements.
The B.S. in Nutrition with an Exercise Science specialization will prepare graduates to work as nutrition educators, counselors and exercise specialists, combining two essential areas of expertise as they serve clients in hospital, worksite, community and school-based wellness and fitness programs. Graduates are also prepared to enter graduate programs in several health-related fields, such as public health, nutrition, and health promotion/wellness. The B.S. in Nutrition with an Exercise Science specialization accommodates the many students who will want to study nutrition and graduate with an employable degree in the fitness profession. The Exercise Science specialization is not a pathway to becoming a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).
The B.S. in Nutrition with a specialization in Dietetics will provide the foundation for students to pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Dietetics to become Registered Dietitians. By 2024, a master's degree will be required to sit for the Registered Dietitian certification exam. This program is designed to meet the changing criteria of the national accrediting and credentialing agencies in nutrition and dietetics. The University will be introducing a M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics to coincide with the first graduating class of the B.S. in Nutrition with the Dietetics specialization. These two programs are designed to allow students an accelerated path to a Master's degree and to certification as a Registered Dietitian. The Master's-level courses will be offered beginning in the spring of 2019 in time for the first graduates of the B.S. in Nutrition/Dietetics specialization to take these courses. The accelerated M.S. path will prepare graduates with a M.S. degree and the eligibility to take the Dietitian Registration Exam.