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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.

When I graduated with my degree in Human Nutrition in 2008 I decided to take my love of nutrition and apply it to the business world by starting my own supplement company. My undergrad years gave me a good foundation for reading research, understanding metabolic pathways on a mechanistic level and a solid background in organic chemistry. Collectively, this base of knowledge allowed me to pick up new information much faster. I can assimilate findings from new research into my own product development plans much quicker because of my coursework at OSU, and my time spent here gives me a higher level of confidence that I really know what I'm doing.
Jonathan Bechtel, BS, 2008
Founder/CEO, Health Kismet


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 - You'll participate in a human nutrition internship giving you real-world experience in the industry such as.

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

Student organizations - Nutrition-focused student organizations such as the Food and Nutrition Forum and Global Nutrition Club allows you to get a much richer experience.

Education abroad - Human Nutrition majors can learn about community nutrition and the health status of people in other countries. International service-learning trips will increase 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 a graduate degree in nutrition, biomedical sciences, occupational therapy, physical therapy or public health. Others pursue professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, optometry or pharmacy.

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, Global Nutrition Club, study abroad, Education and Human Ecology Student Research Forum, Ohio State Denman Undergraduate Research Forum


Joshua Bomser, PhD, Associate Professor


Human Nutrition

325 Campbell Hall
1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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