UNDERGRAD STUDENT RESOURCES
Majors in BHAN
Our academic programs focus on the psychosocial aspects of health, wellness, illness, and aging, enabling our students to obtain the practical experience, knowledge, and skills needed to promote optimal health and prevent disease in people across the lifespan.
The Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition offers majors in health behavioral science, applied nutrition, dietetics and nutritional sciences. Descriptions of these programs and requirements for completing them can be found below.
Bachelor of Science – Health Behavior Sciences
Health Behavior Science majors explore and analyze how human actions, cognitions, communications, and environment affect health, chronic disease, relationships and quality of life across the lifespan. More specifically they work to promote healthy lifestyles through education, assessing needs, counseling and coaching individuals, developing and implementing programs, policy change, creating media and materials, and evaluating the impact and outcome of their efforts.
Bachelor of Science – Applied Nutrition
This degree is designed for students who want to combine a study of nutrition with another course of study. They may choose a minor or use their electives to take a variety of courses of interest.
Bachelor of Science – Dietetics
This is the major for students who wish to pursue the Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential. Students should be aware that completion of a post-undergraduate internship is required before taking the examination to become an R.D. Acceptance into an internship is very competitive, and GPA, work/volunteer, and leadership experiences as well as recommendations are all factors in admittance.
Bachelor of Science – Nutritional Sciences
As a Nutritional Science major you will focus on building a strong science foundation focused in biology, physiology, and chemistry. These core sciences paired with our nutrition courses will build your knowledge about the relationships between biological and chemical processes and dietary practices and health. The integration of science and nutrition through the Nutritional Sciences major will successfully prepare you to pursue an advanced degree in nutrition, medicine, dental, pharmacology, physical therapy, or other related health professions. (Students should review the pre-admission requirements for post-undergraduate programs to insure they take all required courses. These sites show general preprofessional school requirements: www.udel.edu/premed and www.udel.edu/pt.) The option to combine the Nutritional Science and Dietetics major is available to students who want to conduct applied nutrition research or apply to a dietetic internship (students may apply into Dietetics after course and GPA requirements are met).