Undergraduate Program

The Department of Nutrition offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Nutrition. Nutrition is the study and application of the relationship between food and health. The challenges facing nutritionists today range from problems of obesity and chronic diseases to those of malnutrition, food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies. Nutritionists work in hospitals and clinics, communities and institutions throughout the world. Nutritionists provide dietary counseling and education, conduct research, develop menus and foodservice systems, and deliver many other services for individuals and populations.

Nutrition students use what they learn about chemistry, biology and physiology to develop an understanding of:

  • the nutrient requirements of the body; the functions of each nutrient in the body; the possible interactions between these nutrients; and, changes in the requirements in response to different conditions such as growth, pregnancy and breast feeding, exercise, or disease.
  • the effects of excess, unbalanced or inadequate intake of nutrients on cell function, metabolism, and health.
  • the dietary sources that can provide needed nutrients; the biochemical processes by which nutrients in the diet are made available to and utilized in the body; and, the factors that might influence their availability.
  • the influence of economic, social, cultural and psychological factors on food selection, preparation, consumption and utilization by individuals and communities.
  • the potential risks and benefits associated with some food components, whether naturally present or added to the food intentionally or accidentally.

If you have an aptitude for science and like to work with people, the field of Nutrition offers a unique opportunity to apply your talents on a personal level by helping people to improve their health. Equipped with the knowledge gained in this program, a nutritionist is able to assess nutritional needs, provide counseling and education, and implement a dietary plan compatible with optimal health for individuals or groups. Nutrition is also an excellent major for preparation for careers in the health and medical sciences.

Overview of Major Requirements:

Nutrition majors choose to follow one of three tracks: Dietetics, Nutrition and Health Sciences, Nutrition in a Global Society. Each track is designed to prepare students for different careers within the broad field of nutrition and health. For all three tracks, students complete a core of science courses which includes three semesters of chemistry, one semester biology, two semesters anatomy and physiology, one semester biochemistry and one semester microbiology. All students also complete a common core of nutrition courses. Additional courses vary by track. Information about each track is found here: The Three Major Tracks

Admission to the major requires admission to the University – there are no additional requirements for entry into the nutrition major. However, admission to the Dietetics track has additional requirements and an application. 

Transfer students entering as sophomores should have taken at least one semester of general chemistry equivalent to Chem 111 and one semester of biology equivalent to Bio 151. Transfer students entering as juniors should have taken at least two semesters of general chemistry equivalent to Chem 111 and 112, organic chemistry equivalent to Chem 261 or Chem 250 and one semester of biology equivalent to Bio 151. Otherwise, the transfer student will need to take summer courses and/or at least one extra semester in order to complete all requirements for graduation.

For further information about the nutrition major, please contact Nicole Goldstein, Undergraduate Academic Advisor.