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.
Department of Nutrition Science
Nutrition Science Major Change (CODO) Requirements
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (23-26 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (75-84 credits)
Electives (10-22 credits)
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- A student may elect the Pass / Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass / Not-Pass. Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes. In such cases, students may not elect the Pass / Not-Pass option. A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass / Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- 32 credits of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or above are required for graduation.
- Biology sequence option A: BIOL 11000 and BIOL 11100 Biology sequence option B: BIOL 12100 (not required in major, counts as STS core, counts in BIOL minor); BIOL 13100+13500; BIOL 23100+23200.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
ASL-American Sign Language
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