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Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Nutrition in Industry

Prepare for a career that unites the fields of business and nutrition by specializing your bachelor studies in nutrition in industry. You'll learn the fundamentals of human nutrition and food science as well as gain critical insight into the world of business from the highly ranked Fisher College of Business.

In an industry where consumers have become increasingly concerned about the nutritional value of food products, companies are looking for candidates who can provide them with a valuable perspective on producing healthier products. The nutrition in industry program provided me with the perfect blend of knowledge in the areas of food safety, biology, nutrition and food manufacturing to build a successful and impactful career in the food industry. I stood out as a candidate for my current position in the food industry because of my degree from Ohio State.
Kathleen Dunn, BS, 2014
Food Safety and Quality Assurance Technician II, New Day Farms, LLC


The Nutrition in Industry specialization in Human Nutrition is a multidisciplinary degree developed to give students passionate about health and wellness the preparation for a wide variety of business-related careers.

You'll engage in an educational exploration of the human diet and foundational sciences, such as organic chemistry and microbiology, combined with business curriculum from the Fisher College of Business. Our partnership with Fisher will teach you the fundamentals of marketing, logistics operations, management, finance and accounting.

Internships are an important piece of the puzzle that add value to your program and increase your competitiveness in the industry. Pairing your knowledge from the classroom with internship experiences will help you stand out to potential employers. These internship opportunities will show you how you can apply the concepts you’ve learned to business-relevant issues.

Career Paths

With a human nutrition bachelor's degree specializing in Nutrition in Industry, you will be prepared to start a career in advertising, development, marketing and sales of food and health products at nutrition companies, pharmaceuticals or regulatory agencies. These professions include:

  • Consumer Relations
  • Product Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Health Educator
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Food and Beverage Buyer
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Advertising Account Manager
  • Account Executive
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Food Regulator


Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Minimum 2.5 GPA; 15 OSU credit hours; English 1110; Math 1130, 1148 or higher; Biology 1113; Chemistry 1210 and 1220
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework: Human nutrition, food science, human physiology, microbiology, management and human resources, biochemistry, food regulations and quality assurance, consumer problems and perspectives
Course requirements: University requirements (55-62 hours), major requirements (52-54 hours), electives (4-13 hours)
Academic opportunities: Food and Nutrition Forum, Global Nutrition Club, internships, study abroad

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Joshua Bomser, PhD, Associate Professor


Human Nutrition
325 Campbell Hall
1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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