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Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Nutrition Sciences

Make nutrition the strength of your healthcare career aspirations.

Whether your goal is a career in medicine or becoming an expert in food for health, specializing in nutritional sciences will help you understand metabolism, how nutrients influence health and disease and the potential for a healthy diet to improve lives.

Avi Pokala
I chose the Human Nutrition major because I wanted to pursue a career in the health field. I believe nutrition is the backbone for preventative science and, as a major, has the most value in terms of practical knowledge that can be used in daily life when treating patients.
- Avi Pokala
BS, 2019

Science-Based Nutrition Focus

The foundation of the Nutrition Sciences specialization is the physical and biological science-based curriculum, with a strong emphasis on human nutrition and its impact on health and wellness.

Throughout your education, you will:

  • Learn and get a deep understanding of how the body utilizes nutrients to promote health
  • Be competitively prepared for graduate school in biomedical sciences, nutrition and public health.
  • Get valuable training for professions in the medical, allied health, dental, optometry and pharmacology fields.

Nutrition Training in Real-World Scenarios

Internships

Put your nutrition science education to work and participate in internships for real-world experience
 

Research

Conduct research alongside renowned faculty or design your own study under their expert guidance
 

Student groups

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

Education abroad

Learn nutrition and health through global service-learning trips increasing your cultural awareness and understanding

 

Career Paths

Our graduates often go on to pursue professional or graduate degrees in:

  • Medicine
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nutrition
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical science
  • Public health

With a BS in Human Nutrition, you are qualified for careers such as:

  • Research technician
  • Nutritional scientist
  • Health and wellness educator

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Requirements

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: 
120

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

View the Curriculum Sheet

Faculty

Joshua Bomser, PhD, Associate Professor

Contact

Human Nutrition

325 Campbell Hall
1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614-688-2275

Undergraduate Student Services

614-292-9261
ehe-ugss@osu.edu