PreMed, PreProfessional - Nutrition Science

Nutrition Science Majors Develop and Provide Research-Supported Nutrition Advice.

  • Acquire a knowledge base rooted in science and nutrition to better understand and explore the relationship between diet and human health.
  • Develop a foundation needed to pursue careers that focus on improving health and preventing disease.
  • Learn about the fundamentals of nutrition, the metabolism of nutrients in health and disease, and nutrition science research.

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Career Options

Nutrition science majors pursue careers as research assistants, chemists, program managers, product developers, pharmaceutical sales representatives, and many other important roles in areas such as medicine, government, industry (food, agriculture, pharmaceutical), and non-profit.

How prepared will I be for Graduate/Professional School?

  • The nutrition science curriculum is designed to meet admission requirements for most professional health programs. This includes medical, dental, physical therapy, physician assistant, accelerated nursing, and optometry, veterinary and public health programs.
  • Nutrition science provides a good foundation for graduate work in nutrition or other health and life sciences programs.
  • Students get one-on-one academic advising each semester, and pre-professional students meet with Pre-Professional Advising staff for assistance in applying to professional programs.
  • With an increased focus on preventive health, a background in nutrition offers a unique foundation for future health professionals.

What additional learning experiences are available for Nutrition Science majors?

Study Abroad: Nutrition-specific study abroad programs in Ireland, Australia, and France.

Undergraduate Research: The Department of Nutrition Science is a vital contributor of research linking nutrition to disease prevention and has significant research expertise in four signature areas:

Undergraduate students get involved in research in many ways!

Departmental Honors Program: This program provides an opportunity to conduct a research project with faculty mentorship. Students have an opportunity to contribute new knowledge about nutrition, build valuable relationships with faculty, and gain meaningful work experience.

Internships: We assist our students with finding an internship that best fits their career goals.

What courses will I take as a Nutrition Science major?

The Nutrition Science Curriculum includes: nutrition, metabolism, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology. Elective credits for courses in sports nutrition, public heath, psychology, dietetics, food science, medical nutrition, nutrition careers, and more!

Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheets

How do I change my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Nutrition Science, please visit the HHS Change of Major to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Nutrition Science from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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