Focus on the relationship between human health and nutrition to gain a better understanding
of disease risk, prevention and treatment, including how to help individuals and communities
sustain long-term health.
Why nutritional sciences?
Choose from four major options to fit your career goals: human nutrition/pre-medical sciences, allied health, dietetics or public health nutrition. Students are actively trained through hands-on learning in labs, service-learning
in the community and shadow and internship experiences. These opportunities provide
an exceptional foundation and pathway to become a successful health professional,
including a physician, dentist, dietitian, physical therapist, community health worker
Develop a strong foundation in health and disease prevention and fulfill the prerequisites
for medical or dental school. This major option equips you with the skills needed
to help individuals make lifestyle changes that support sustainable, long-term health.
Those pursuing dental school will learn the role nutrition plays in dental hygiene,
bone development and overall dental health. Curriculum includes rigorous science classes,
such as biochemistry, physiology, biology and anatomy. We also offer a 3+1 Programwith the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the OSU Center for Health Sciences .
Become an allied health professional, a valued member of the healthcare community,
who delivers health-related services, optimizes patient outcomes and ensures the most
up-to-date science and treatments are used. Complete prerequisites needed to pursue
pre-professional and graduate school and become a physical therapist, occupational
therapist, physician assistant, chiropractor, pharmacist, nurse and more. Curriculum
has a strong science focus, including biochemistry, physiology, biology and anatomy
as well as social sciences to equip you with the skills needed to help individuals
make lifestyle changes that support sustainable, long-term health.
Begin the path to certification as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Dietitians are qualified to practice
nutrition counseling, community education and medical nutrition therapy in schools,
hospitals, clinics and industry and government agencies. After graduating from your
undergraduate dietetics program, you will complete a Dietetic Internship and a master’s degree (required beginning in 2024) and pass the RDN exam to gain
national registration and state licensure as an RDN. This major option is nationally
accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Public Health Nutrition
Study the social aspects of human health through a nutrition framework while gaining
a better understanding of the relationship between nutrition, the environment, behavior
and human health. Prepare to deliver nutrition education as a federal food assistance
program coordinator, food policy and regulation specialist, health and wellness program
manager, community health worker and more. Curriculum balances a science and human
focus through courses such as chemistry, physiology, biology, anatomy, sociology,
psychology, patient assessment and nutrition counseling, public health and community
nutrition. This option also prepares you for admission to the OSU Master of Public Health graduate program.