Nutritional science

Nutritional science

If you're interested in studying the connections between health, nutrition, disease, and wellness, our nutritional science major may be for you.

Nutritional science looks at the connection between diet and health. You will learn how diet can play a crucial role in the cause, treatment, and prevention of many diseases.  There are six options in nutritional science:

  • Pre-health professional and research option. Coursework prepares students for  work in research laboratories, graduate study in nutrition or biological sciences, or entrance into health professional programs, such as medical, dental, physician assistant, and pharmacy schools. Students gain a strong science education along with human nutrition expertise. Refer to the pre-health professions webpage for more specific information on how the coursework corresponds with typical professional school requirements.
  • Family health, global health and policy, health coach, and nutrition and wellness options. Coursework prepares students for work positions in program planning and evaluation for community, public health, non-profit, and corporate wellness programs addressing the growing public interest in nutrition, wellness, and preventative health. Students learn about the role of nutrition and healthy eating for disease prevention and wellness. Graduates find careers in community nutrition, public health, and related programs as well as graduate study.
  • Food service option. Coursework prepares students for school nutrition and food service management positions.

Learning outcomes for students in the program 

Program information

Pre-health professional and research option

Refer to the pre-health professions webpage for curriculum and 4-year plans specific to certain professions.

Family health, global health and policy, health coach, and nutrition and wellness options

Curriculum requirements
2020-21 catalog requirements (PDF)
4-Year plans
2020-21 sample 4-year plan (PDF)

Course sequences
Course sequence flow sheet (PDF)

Food service option

The food service option requires the same curriculum requirements as the family health options above and follows the same 4-year plan and flow sheet.

View class syllabi

Accelerated degree option
Accelerated degree option is available for the nutritional science program.

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Careers and internships

Graduates of the pre-health professional and research option are well-prepared for entrance in health professional programs such as medical, dental, and pharmacy school or to pursue careers in nutrition research and advanced study. Students pursuing a pre-professional program of study are encouraged to contact the admissions counselor at the university where they plan to complete their practice degree to determine specific course requirements.

Nutritional science/pre-health

Graduate programs in nutrition

Career services
Prepare for your next job or internship with Career Services, where staff help you with job searches, interview preparation, and resume/cover letter review. As a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the College of Human Sciences, use the career services offices associated with your college.

To apply for internships and full-time work positions, use the ISU CyHire, on-campus career fairs, or talk to your internship coordinator: Kate Gilbert.

Visit Career Connections to see where other students have interned.