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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


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


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

Careers you can get with a nutrition sciences degree include:

  • Research technician
  • Nutritional scientist
  • Health and wellness educator

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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


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