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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED 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. 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.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Nutrition Science  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 credits

Nutrition Science Core (26-27 credits)

 (University Foundational Learning Outcomes)

Fulfills 1 Science Core Course

Fulfills 1 Science Core Course


select from University list (PHIL 11100 - Ethics  suggested)

Behavior/Social Science

Science, Technology & Society

select from University list

Electives 15-25 credits

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree

University Foundational Learning Outcomes List


Program Requirements

120 Semester hours

14-16 credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits


Responsibility for meeting graduation requirements is solely that of the student.

All students must complete 32 hours of 300 level courses or higher courses at Purdue for graduation.

Fall 3rd Year

Junior Year - Fifth Semester

17 Credits

15 Credits


Need 6 total credits of NUTR Selectives

Fall 4th Year

Senior Year - Seventh Semester

14-15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

Eighth Semester

10-13 Credits


Need electives to equal 120 credit hours.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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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