Nutrition Science

Improve lives. Prevent disease. Promote health. Make a Difference.
Develop and provide evidence-based dietary advice.

A major in Nutrition Science combines basic science courses with applied and basic nutrition science courses. It provides a foundation to pursue careers that improve lives, prevent diseases, promote health, and make a difference. In particular, this major prepares students to pursue careers where they can be directly involved in the development and sharing of evidence-based nutrition and health advice.

Career Options

Students who major in Nutrition Science pursue careers that promote health through research, communication, sales, and/or service. Some examples include working in a university, industry (food, agricultural pharmaceutical), government agency (FDA, USDA, NIH, NASA), or nonprofit organizations (i.e. Feeding America)

Often students who major in Nutrition Science pursue professional degrees in health and law or graduate degrees in a variety of fields. The Nutrition Science curriculum includes courses that serve as pre-requisites for most professional health programs including pre-medicine (pre-med), pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-optometry, and pre-public health.


The Nutrition Science curriculum combines basic science courses with applied and basic nutrition science courses. Students in Nutrition Science study biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, food science, exercise, public health, psychology, communication, and nutrition.

See a complete list of Nutrition Science courses.

Experiential Learning

  • Study abroad
  • Perform an internship or externship. Faculty members strongly encourage students to do clinical work and research, and they offer contact information and other types of help in obtaining these opportunities.
  • Work as an undergraduate research assistant. Learn proper research procedures and strategies as you work in labs under knowledgeable instructors.
  • Graduate with honors

Pre-professional Students

We strongly encourage our pre-professional students to contact the Center for Pre-Professional Advising during their time at Purdue. The office is very useful for designing a plan of study to meet all prerequisites for your professional school of choice. The office also provides great information about the application process, student organizations, and strategies to make you a successful candidate.

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