Culinary Nutrition

JWU’s Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Nutrition is designed to produce chefs who know how to make nutritious food, and nutritionists who know how to cook.

Our program is the first of its kind to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Culinary Nutrition Food Science LabCulinary Arts Meets Nutritional Science
Want to learn what it takes to research, develop and market a new food product — or to create a new low fat, high flavor spa menu?

JWU brings together culinary arts, nutrition and food science to help improve the way people eat.

In your senior year, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your practical knowledge in a professional internship or summer term abroad.

Culinary Food Science Concentration Build the skills to work in such fields as:

  • Product research and development
  • Spa cuisine
  • Test kitchen production

Clinical/Dietetics Concentration* Focus on the correlation between proper diet and disease prevention.

Courses explore nutrition’s role in keeping us healthy, including:

  • Basic principles of nutrition, biochemistry and anatomy as they relate to diet
  • Diagnostic therapies for those with food allergies, food intolerance and food-intake related diseases

Catalog Course Information


In alignment with the mission and goals of the department, the Culinary Nutrition Handbook (123K PDF) outlines the policies, procedures and requirements of the Culinary Nutrition program.

Admissions Requirements

This program is open to students who have earned an associate degree in either Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry Arts and have a 3.0 GPA.

Baking & Pastry Arts students must complete the first-year Culinary Arts laboratory portion of the Culinary Arts Advanced Standing program, NUTR2001, and sophomore culinary laboratory term prior to entering the Culinary Nutrition program.

You may enroll in the program at the beginning of any term; you must complete an application to enter. You may also email Marleen Swanson or call 303-256-9539.

Culinary Nutrition program brochure (293K PDF)

To reflect the vision of the university, the Culinary Nutrition program has established the following mission and goals. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400.

*Program graduates will be eligible for but not guaranteed a dietetic internship program. Upon completion of a dietetic internship, graduates are eligible to sit for the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

My Tulane Internship: From the Kitchen to the Clinic

Nathalie’s “life-changing” work at Tulane has led to incredible career opportunities with Share Our Strength, Denver Public Schools and now the Denver Children’s Hospital.  read more

Denver Broncos Intern Tackles Dietetics

“Working with the best athletes in the world playing the best sport in the world ... there is nothing better,” says culinary nutrition major James.  read more

Major League Possibilities for Nutrition Interns

The MLB players you see every night on ESPN? Our culinary nutrition students are working with them, thanks to JWU’s affiliation with the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association. read more