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Nutritional Sciences

Two nutrition science majors practice doing physical assessments in an office.

Interested in nutrition science? 

This major is a great fit for students who want to learn more about health, nutrition science and physiology. The program provides students with an understanding of biological and physical science and research as a basis for understanding human nutrition. 

The nutritional science major prepares graduates for continued study in graduate programs and medical schools. Course requirements for nutritional sciences include the study of energy metabolism, proteins, vitamins, minerals, community nutrition and diet in the prevention and treatment of disease. 

Students choose one of the following concentrations

  • Biomedical and molecular nutrition 

  • Global nutrition and health 

  • Public health nutrition  

Students may also complete this major through Lyman Briggs College


Nutrition plays an important role in managing health issues like obesity, fighting disease such as diabetes and maintaining overall wellness. Graduates with a nutrition science degree entering careers in public health, medicine and international health care benefit from understanding the science of nutrition and the relationships between nutrients and human health.

Alumni work at: 

  • Health care services
  • Research labs
  • Farms
  • Medical offices
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Gyms/health facilities

Alumni work as: 

  • Physicians
  • Food scientists
  • Health unit coordinators
  • Patient care technicians
  • Registered dietitians
  • Nurses
  • Personal trainers

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