In the nutrition science major, you’ll develop and provide research-supported nutrition advice. You’ll acquire knowledge rooted in science and nutrition to understand the relationship between diet and human health and prepare for a career that focuses on improving health and preventing disease. You’ll also learn the fundamentals of nutrition, the metabolism of nutrients in health and disease and the current research happening in nutrition science. Curriculum in this major is designed to meet admission requirements for most professional health programs. This includes medical, dental, physical therapy, physician assistant, accelerated nursing, optometry, veterinary and public health programs.

Any of the majors in the Department of Nutrition Science (NUTR) can also be paired together for a double major. Learn more about NUTR double majors.

Career Opportunities

  • Research assistant
  • Chemist
  • Program manager
  • Product developer
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Other important roles in medicine, government, industry and nonprofit organizations.

Career Fields with Additional Education

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Academia
  • Dentistry
  • Physical therapy

Learning Experiences

  • Study abroad in nutrition-specific programs in IrelandAustralia and France.
  • Get involved in undergraduate research across the Department of Nutrition Science’s research, which focuses on four main areas: metabolism and obesity; minerals, vitamin D and bone health; food, ingestive behavior and population nutrition; and carcinogenesis and cancer prevention.
  • Join the departmental honors program to conduct a research project with a faculty mentor and have an opportunity to contribute new knowledge about nutrition and gain meaningful work experience.
  • Complete internships that match your interests and career goals.

Graduate/Professional School Preparation

  • The nutrition science curriculum is designed to meet admission requirements for most professional health programs, including medical, dental, physical therapy, physician assistant, accelerated nursing, optometry, veterinary and public health programs.
  • You’ll get one-on-one academic advising each semester, and pre-professional students meet with pre-professional advising staff for assistance in applying to professional programs.
  • A background in nutrition offers a unique foundation for future health professionals with its focus on preventative health.
  • You can complete the Combined Nutrition and Master of Public Health (4+1) Track in collaboration with the Department of Public Health to earn your bachelor’s degree and MPH degree in five years as a full-time student.
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Concentrations

Combined Nutrition and Master of Public Health (4+1) Track

In this track, you are completing a bachelor’s degree in one of the following selected units while also pursuing an MPH degree. Application to the MPH occurs in the spring of your junior year with MPH coursework beginning the fall of your senior year. It takes an additional year postbaccalaureate to complete the MPH degree. You must have a 3.5 undergraduate cumulative GPA to apply to this track.  

4+1 Participating Units: 

  • Biology 
  • Communication 
  • Consumer Science 
  • Food Science 
  • Health and Kinesiology 
  • Health Sciences 
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management 
  • Human Development and Family Studies 
  • Nursing 
  • Nutrition Science 
  • Psychological Sciences 
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics 


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