Mar 20, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog

Nutrition Science, BS

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About the Program

The Nutrition Science major provides a foundation to pursue careers that improve lives, prevent diseases, promote health, and make a difference. What you eat not only has the ability to promote health, it also influences your risk of many diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and obesity. Nutrition science Majors often go on to obtain doctoral, masters, medical, physical therapy, physician assistant, dentistry etc. degrees, as well as, careers as research assistants, chemists, program managers, product developers, pharmaceutical sales representatives, and many other important roles in areas such as medicine, government, industry (food, agriculture, pharmaceutical), and non-profit. Students who Major in Nutrition Science develop a knowledge base in science and nutrition to understand and explore the relationship between what we eat and human health. Courses specific to this major emphasize the fundamentals of nutrition, the metabolism of nutrients in health and disease, and nutrition science research. For more information, please click here.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Other Departmental/ Program Course Requirements (73 - 84 credits)

Electives (10 - 24 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

16 - 19 Credits

Spring 1st Year

11 - 14 Credits

15 - 16 Credits

14 - 15 Credits

13 - 15 Credits

15 - 18 Credits

Fall 4th Year

12 - 18 Credits

12 - 15 Credits


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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