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Nutrition Studies Major, B.S.

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Department of Nutrition   Avilable Program Format(s): Online Learning  
College of Health and Applied Sciences    

About the Program

The Nutrition Studies baccalaureate degree is a degree option for students wishing to study of the science of nutrition without pursuing the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credentials.

This B.S. degree is intended for students who are interested in the scientific foundation of nutrition principles. The program is comprised of a 50 credit Nutrition core, which provides students with the nutrition knowledge necessary to be nutrition professionals, including nutrition biochemistry and metabolism, food safety, nutrition education and counseling and nutrition research and evaluation, among others. Students have the flexibility to choose electives and a minor to prepare for further areas of study in health or related fields to enhance their studies, such as exercise science, public health, or entrepreneurship while receiving a strong background in nutrition. Graduates from the Nutrition Studies B.S. Program will have many career options, such as working in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE), corporate wellness, nutrition corporate food industries or nutrition-related entrepreneurial ventures, among others. This is a major for those who are not pursuing dietetic registration. A grade of C- or better is required in all major courses.

Student Outcomes

  • Integrate scientific information and translate research into practice.
  • Demonstrate attitudes, values and behaviors aligned with nutrition practice.
  • Critique and effectively communicate nutrition information to a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functions and interrelationships of nutrients and food in human health, disease prevention, and disease states.
  • Integrate the biological, behavioral, socioeconomic and environmental factors related to food and nutrient intakes and needs across populations and life stages.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation.
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
  • A minor is required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences.

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.

  • Recommended: It is recommended that students fulfill this requirement by taking NUT 3300 - Cultural Aspects of Nutrition , which is a required course in the major and a course that meets the Multicultural Requirement.

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirement 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Major Requirement 56 credits
Major Electives 6 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 19-31 credits
Total for the Nutrition Studies Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree. 

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