Understanding nutrition, especially nutritional content, can have a remarkable impact on our health. Educating the public about the benefits of nutrition, and the various ways healthy living can improve our well-being, is the focus of the BS degree in nutritional sciences.
The nutritional sciences major blends biological, chemical, and behavioral sciences to help health professionals, administrators of nutrition and health promotion programs, and the general public better understand and translate the science of food into policy and practice. Nutritionists and nutrition scientists apply their knowledge to help businesses offer employee wellness programs; assist food systems administrators and engineers involved in food innovation and technology; and oversee government programs addressing food insecurity and population health issues.
The major offers a challenging curriculum that prepares students with an in-depth understanding of nutrition as an important moderator of health. Students are well prepared to apply to professional programs, such as medical school, enter graduate school for further biomedical studies, or provide expertise in nutrition to the general public in a range of diverse settings (e.g., sports fitness programs, hospitality industry, nutrition writing, and federal nutrition programs).
An effective nutritional scientist is skilled in working with people to address behavioral issues, teach clients about nutrition and health properties in food, and offer nutrition supervision. The major offers a comprehensive curriculum that provides a solid foundation in nutritional sciences as well as leadership skills that include communication, problem solving, team dynamics, and interaction with the community.
Two required blocks of cooperative education give you hands-on experience in the nutrition field. You’ll alternate periods of full-time, paid experience with full-time study on campus. Through co-op you’ll gain a fuller understanding of the roles nutritionists and nutrition scientists play in various professional environments.
Careers in nutrition are diverse, ranging from policy development, communications, and social and community services. You can choose to select electives to become eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), a respected credential in health care education. You will also be well prepared to pursue graduate study for a career in medicine, allied health, or research.
Note: The nutritional sciences major does not meet the educational requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that lead to eligibility to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Nutritional sciences, BS degree, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|HSPT-121||Principles of Food Production||3|
|CHMG-131||LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General Chemistry for Engineers||3|
|CHMG-145||LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry Lab||1|
|CHMO-235||Organic Chemistry Lab l||1|
|MATH-101||LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): College Algebra||3|
|PSYC-101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|NUTR-499||Cooperative Education (Summer)||Co-op|
|First Year Writing||3|
|LAS Perspective 4 (Social)||3|
|LAS Perspective 6 (Scientific Principles)||3|
|First Year LAS Elective||3|
|MEDS-250||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|MEDS-251||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|SOCI-102||Foundations of Sociology||3|
|STAT-145||LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics I||3|
|NUTR-499||Cooperative Education (summer)||Co-op|
|LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)||3|
|LAS Immersion 1||3|
|NUTR-333||Techniques of Dietetic Education||3|
|NUTR-554||Life Cycle Nutrition||4|
|LAS Immersion 2, 3||6|
|LAS Perspective 3 (global)||3|
|NUTR-560||Senior Project (WI)||3|
|NUTR-510||Nutrition and Integrative Medicine||1|
|NUTR-525||Medical Nutrition Therapy I||3|
|LAS Perspective 4 (social)||3|
|LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)||9|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||122|
Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
+ Cooperative Education (NUTR-499) in the third year is optional. It is required only if co-op in the first and second year is not completed.
For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.
Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations
- 3 years of math is required.
Biology and chemistry required.
Transfer course recommendations without associate degree
Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math. Science courses required for nutritional sciences major.
Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer
Dietetics or nutrition, food service management, or liberal arts