Food Science & Human Nutrition First-Year (FSHN First-Year)

Majors eligible to join

Culinary Food Science, Pre-Dietetics, Food Science, Nutritional Science, and Pre-Diet and Exercise
(First-year students in these majors under either college: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences AND College of Human Sciences).


Program description

Incoming first-year students majoring in culinary food science, pre-dietetics, food science, nutritional science, and pre-diet and exercise are invited to apply and become part of the FSHN Learning Community. The yearlong learning community provides an opportunity for students with interests in food and nutrition careers to make meaningful connections both in and outside the classroom with their peers and departmental faculty. Students take several common courses during fall and spring semesters. Fall semester common courses include: FSHN Professional and Educational Preparation, Critical Thinking and Communication, and Principles of Biology. Students register for additional courses based on their major.

Students connect with upper-class peer mentors as well as department faculty during social and professional activities, including service-learning projects and field trips. Mentors assist students in exploring career options and understanding the relevance of their coursework as it relates to their career work. Additionally, there is an option for learning community members to live together in the same residence hall, which allows students to easily study together and extend their course-based learning.


Living Options

FSHN Learning Community students have the option to live near other learning community students and have access to all of the educational, social, and recreational programs available to every residence hall student. If interested in the living option, sign up for the residential learning community option by clicking on the "Learning Community" tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your "priority date." Since the residential experience is optional, you may choose any housing preference and then participate in the learning community by signing up during summer orientation.


Signing up

You can sign up for the learning community program while registering for classes during orientation.



Anne Oldham, MS, RD, LD, Academic Adviser
Food Science & Human Nutrition Dept.
220 MacKay Hall
Phone: 515-294-6414


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