Nutrition Science, BA

Jointly sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing, the second major in Nutrition Science builds on a student’s basic science skills with a deep dive into the science of nutrition. Linkages of nutritional compounds and dietary approaches with health and disease, novel approaches to the study of nutritional impact on health, and future avenues of exploration in the field are examined. Elective courses in anthropology, biology, economics, physiology, psychology, health care, and public policy provide a rounded context for the study of nutrition science.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Required Basic Science Courses
Recommended for students with A.P., I.B.:
Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life
Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
Introductory Organismal Biology Lab
Recommended for students with one year of high school biology: 3
Introduction to Biology A
Introduction to Biology B
CHEM 1011Introduction to General Chemistry I1
CHEM 1021Introduction to General Chemistry II1
CHEM 2410Principles of Organic Chemistry I1
BIOL 2810Biochemistry1
Required Nutrition Science Courses
NURS 1120Nutrition: Science & Applications1
NURS 3120Nutritional Aspects of Disease1
NURS 5230Advanced Nutrition: Molecular Basis of Nutrition1
NURS 5240Advanced Human Nutrition and Micronutrient Metabolism1
Elective Courses
Select 4 course units of electives (see website for list of suggested courses)4
Total Course Units34

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


BIOL 1123 Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory must be concurrent with BIOL 1121 Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life.


3 course units count as 2 for this major.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.