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What is nutritional sciences?

Nutritional Sciences focuses on the relationship of nutrition to overall health, understanding of the disease process, physiology and the basis for treatment.

Why nutritional sciences?

Understanding nutrition and human behavior is instrumental as students prepare to work in the health sector. Nutritional Sciences options at OSU offer strong undergraduate preparation for graduate school with an 85 percent or higher acceptance rate across all programs and premier research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Career paths

Nutritional sciences majors have roles in medical, dental, health care, community wellness, public health and management sectors. Sample job titles include:


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Student Success

nathan mitchell

Nutritional Sciences students are often honored for their research. Nathan Mitchell was the overall winner among Freshman Research Scholars Poster/Presentations for his study, “Assessing the validity of an abbreviated meal challenge in predicting post-meal metabolic markers.”

Available options

Human Nutrition/Pre-Medical Science

This option provides a strong foundation in health and disease prevention that fulfills the prerequisites for medical or dental school. Physicians with a nutrition education background are equipped to help individuals make lifestyle changes that support sustainable, long-term health. Now offering a 3+1 Program with the OSU Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine.

dietetics intern

Nutritional sciences nurse in action

Allied Health

This option promotes understanding the relationship between nutrition and human health for those entering the health care field as physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, chiropractors, pharmacists, nurses and more.



This option provides a path to certification as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Dietitians are qualified to practice nutrition counseling, community education and medical nutrition therapy in a variety of settings.

Student working in a nutritional science classroom.

Nutritional Science student in the lab

Public Health Nutrition

This option promotes overall health and well-being in government institutions, hospitals, schools and larger organizations through nutrition education about disease prevention, food safety, food insecurity and public policy.

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