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Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Nutrition Sciences

Specializing in nutrition sciences will lay the groundwork to understanding metabolism and how nutrients play a role in human health and disease. Your strong science-focused undergraduate curriculum will be enhanced through internship experiences and nutrition research opportunities.

Human Nutrition student Cara Pannell
Human Nutrition provides me with a clearer understanding of how the human body works, and how the body utilizes food.
- Cara Pannell


What we eat plays an important role to our health. Nutrition scientists develop and extend our knowledge of how nutrition influences the dietary decisions people make to improve their lives, prevent disease and stay healthy.

The nutrition sciences specialization of our Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition program will provide you a science-focused foundation of how nutrition impacts health and wellness. The bachelor's curriculum includes courses on physical and biological sciences with a strong emphasis on human nutrition.

The excellent nutrition sciences education you receive will prepare you to provide a deeper understanding of how the body utilizes nutrients to promote health. More specifically, your education from Ohio State will ready you for graduate programs in nutrition, biomedical sciences and public health as well as admission to medical, dental, optometry and pharmacy schools.

Achievement outside the classroom

Internships - Get real-world experience. Learning objectives include human nutrition internships.

Research - Conduct research alongside renowned faculty or design your own study under their expert guidance. Nutrition Studies students' high-quality work is recognized annually by judges at the college's Student Research Forum and Ohio State's Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.

Student organizations - Get a richer experience by joining nutrition-focused student organizations such as the Food and Nutrition Forum.

Education abroad - Learn about community nutrition and health through international service-learning trips increasing your global awareness and understanding of other cultures.

Career Paths

Many graduates with a bachelor's degree in human nutrition specializing in nutritional sciences go on to pursue professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, optometry or pharmacy. Others pursue graduate degrees in nutrition, biomedical sciences, occupational therapy, physical therapy or public health.

With a bachelor's degree, graduates can go directly into a careers such as biological technicians who work in research labs; food scientists who ensure food is safe; health educators who teach people how to make good choices; or fitness trainers who motivate people adopt healthy lifestyles.


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

Coursework: Human physiology, human nutrition, macronutrients, micronutrients, organic chemistry, microbiology and the human experience, research methods in nutrition
Course requirements: University requirements (55-61 hours), science requirement (26-28 hours), major requirements (19-21 hours), electives (10-20 hours)
Other requirements: Professional internship
Academic opportunities: Food and Nutrition Forum, study abroad, Education and Human Ecology Student Research Forum, Ohio State Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

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Joshua Bomser, PhD, Associate Professor


Human Nutrition

325 Campbell Hall
1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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