Nutritional Sciences

Nutrition science is a field involving the study of food and how the consumption of certain foods can affect behavior, disease prevention, and human and animal health. Nutrition science also explores the effect of various nutrients on metabolism. Although there is a specific nutrition science degree, students can also specialize in other areas of nutrition science such as dietetics and food science. Degrees in nutrition can be obtained at most colleges and universities, and some state or community colleges offer nutrition degree programs as well. With a nutritionist degree, graduates have numerous options for employment in the private and public sector of the health and wellness industry.

Associate's Degree in Nutrition Science

Some state and community colleges offer an associate degree in applied science in nutrition. The degree is usually intended as a basis for the bachelor's degree in the subject. Coursework is introductory in nature and students must complete general education requirements such as English, math, and science. The following is a list of classes an AAS degree seeker might take:

  • Eating Disorders & Weight Management
  • Vegetarian Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Pregnancy Nutrition

The program usually takes two years to complete and graduates can utilize their degrees to seek entry level employment in fields such as:

  • Government
  • Public health
  • Private consultant

Since most jobs in the nutrition science field require at least a bachelor's degree, many students use their associate degree as a foundation for furthering their education and receiving an advanced degree in the subject.

Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science

The bachelor's degree in nutrition science is a four year program that requires 120 hours which is twice as much coursework as the associate degree. In addition to general education classes, students will need to complete required core courses such as chemistry and biology. Students can also expect to take classes in basic sciences, understand how nutritional needs change as humans age, and learn extensively about food science. Possible courses in the bachelor's of science program include:

  • International Nutrition
  • Biochemistry
  • Food Service Systems Management
  • Nutrition for Exercise and Sport

Those who graduate with a bachelor's degree in nutritional science can find employment in fields such as:

  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Research
  • Nutrition programs
  • Health Advocacy Organizations

Graduates can also parlay their nutritional science degree into a graduate degree in the same field, or use it as a building block for medical or dental school, a physical therapy program, or countless other graduate degrees.

Master's Degree in Nutrition Science

Most master's degree programs in nutrition science focus on preparing graduates for professional programs in medicine or doctoral programs in nutrition science. Therefore, the curriculum is designed to encompass those goals. The degree entails both coursework and a research project, and students can design a path of study to suit their individual interests within the field of nutritional science. Students are expected to achieve an exceptional level of knowledge in the field and conduct sophisticated research. To enter a master's program, schools require a bachelor's degree in nutrition science or a related field and competitive scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Some possible courses graduate students might expect to take are:

  • Principles of Nutrition Research
  • Recent Advances in Nutritional Science
  • Nutritional Aspects of Disease

The masters degree in nutrition science usually take 2-3 years, and after graduation, not only will students be prepared for further studies, they will also be eligible to enter a number of careers such as:

  • Public Health Programs
  • Consulting
  • Not for Profit Organizations
  • Research

Ph.D. in Nutrition Science

Many schools offer a doctorate in nutrition science. Although some programs allow students to apply with a bachelor's degree in nutrition science or a related field, many require a master's degree. Satisfactory GRE scores are also a prerequisite to entrance into a Ph.D. program. In some Ph.D. programs, candidates will be able to choose a specialization such as human nutrition, international nutrition, or community nutrition and will work closely with faculty members while conducting research. In addition to an extensive amount of coursework, there is also a thesis or dissertation component that must be completed before graduation. Many schools also require a written and/or oral examination before graduation. Possible coursework in the Ph.D. program will likely include upper level classes in the following subjects:

  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Bio-statistics
  • Nutrition and Chronic Disease

A Ph.D. in nutrition science will generally take 3-5 years to complete. Many graduates will become:

  • College professors
  • Researchers

We found 59 schools offering "Nutritional Sciences" degree programs in the U.S.

>> See all 59 Nutritional Sciences Colleges in the U.S.

Most Popular Nutritional Sciences Schools

1
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX  |  Total Enrollment: 49996

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree
2
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN  |  Total Enrollment: 45481

Degrees Offered: One but less than two years, Two but less than 4 years, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
3
Texas A & M University
College Station, TX  |  Total Enrollment: 44026

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree
4
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, WI  |  Total Enrollment: 40658

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
5
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Champaign, IL  |  Total Enrollment: 38465

Degrees Offered: Two but less than 4 years, Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
6
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI  |  Total Enrollment: 38103

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
7
University of Washington - Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA  |  Total Enrollment: 36139

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate
8
Rutgers University - New Brunswick/piscataway
New Brunswick, NJ  |  Total Enrollment: 35236

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
9
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ  |  Total Enrollment: 34488

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
10
University of Maryland - College Park
College Park, MD  |  Total Enrollment: 33189

Degrees Offered: One but less than two years, Two but less than 4 years, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree

Browse All 59 Colleges With Nutritional Sciences Programs


Title City State Enrollment
Auburn University Main Campus Auburn University AL 21860
Bastyr University Kenmore WA 1075
Boston University Boston MA 28318
Chapman University Orange CA 4353
Clemson University Clemson SC 17465
College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph MN 2024
Columbia University in the City of New York New York NY 19639
Cornell University - NY State Statutory Colleges Ithaca NY 8083
Drexel University Philadelphia PA 13128
Howard University Washington DC 10010
Life University Marietta GA 3161
Loma Linda University Loma Linda CA 3153
Long Island University - C W Post Campus Brookville NY 9627
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield PA 3113
Mississippi State University Mississippi State MS 16561
New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus New York NY 2501
New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury Old Westbury NY 5898
New York Medical College Valhalla NY 1502
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh NC 28619
Park University Parkville MO 9223
Russell Sage College Troy NY 819
Rutgers University - New Brunswick/piscataway New Brunswick NJ 35236
Saint Johns University Collegeville MN 2020
Simmons College Boston MA 3488
Suny at Buffalo Buffalo NY 24830
Texas A & M University College Station TX 44026
Texas Womans University Denton TX 8404
The University of Texas at Austin Austin TX 49996
Tufts University Medford MA 9106
Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans LA 11652
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham AL 14951
University of Arizona Tucson AZ 34488
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock AR 1855
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley CA 31277
University of California - Davis Davis CA 26094
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond OK 14099
University of Chicago Chicago IL 12531
University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati OH 27327
University of Connecticut Storrs CT 19393
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu HI 17263
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign IL 38465
University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City KS 2409
University of Kentucky Lexington KY 23114
University of Maryland - College Park College Park MD 33189
University of Massachusetts - Amherst Amherst MA 24416
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI 38103
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis MN 45481
University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia MO 23309
University of Nebraska at Lincoln Lincoln NE 22268
University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham NH 14689
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill NC 24892
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City OK 2759
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 29194
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg MS 14509
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio TX 3702
University of Vermont and State Agricultural Coll Burlington VT 10118
University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle WA 36139
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison WI 40658
Washington State University Pullman WA 20492