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Nutrition Science: BS

Nutrition Science
This degree provides students with a solid background in health and life sciences. Nutrition scientists study the molecular and cellular basis of human health and disease. They integrate principles of nutrition with related sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and medicine. Students learn how food and nutrients interact with the human body to support health and physical performance.


  • Pre-health: Prepares students to enter medical school by providing experiences and opportunities in laboratory research, epidemiology, and clinical nutrition.
  • Sport Nutrition: Applies the principles of nutrition to exercise and physical performance. Students develop the skills needed to work as professionals within the fitness, health and dietary supplement industries as health coaches, personal trainers, product developers, and marketers.

With a degree in nutrition sciences, students may be qualified for the following careers:

  • Nutrition specialist
  • Biotechnology and nutrition research
  • Work in secondary schools as a nutrition specialist
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Nutrition education
  • Health promotion in private and nonprofit organizations
  • Public health
  • Food/supplement industry product development and sales
  • Prepare for advanced degrees in medical, dental or research

Admission Requirements

  • Freshman: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to these emphases.

Labs, Centers, Research

Center for Advanced Nutrition: The CAN provides a multi-disciplinary venue for the discussion, discovery, and dissemination of information about the biological, physiological, and psychological mechanisms of proper nutrition. The scope of discovery is broad and falls into four distinct but overlapping focus areas: bioactive foods, nutrition and the brain, ingestive behavior, and personalized nutrition.

Center for Human Nutrition Studies: The "Center for Human Nutrition Studies" at Utah State University provides the organizational structure and logistic support for research scientists with interests in conducting clinical studies with an emphasis on nutrition. The Center, with a core staff consisting of experienced clinical researchers, community interventionist, research dietitian, clinic coordinator, laboratory research associate and support staff, coupled with an outstanding clinical facility and research kitchen, is designed to serve as a resource to Utah State University researchers in efforts to secure extramural research funding and industry contracts and partnerships. The Center also provides opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to gain experience in the design and conduct of human nutrition clinical studies. The Center is managed by the USTAR Applied Nutrition Research Team in conjunction with the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science and under the administrative oversight of the College of Agriculture.

Center for Integrated BioSystems: The CIB leads a progressive, interdisciplinary effort in research, core services, and education serving agriculture and life sciences. The CIB is where the first hybrid animal, a mule, was cloned, and was named one of “30 Awesome College Labs” by Popular Science magazine. The CIB has a research program with several active projects in diverse areas of life science that encompass plant, animal, and microbe functional genomics.

Dairy Plant/Aggie Ice Cream: Famous Aggie Ice Cream is produced in the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences Building. Ice Cream, cheese, yogurt, jerky, and other food products are available.

Kitchen/Taste Panel Roomand Sensory Laboratory: The Kitchen/Taste Panel Room and Sensory Laboratory is where students and community members often participate as members of a consumer panel to test food products and/or rate the taste of new foods developed by food science students.

Meat Processing Plant: In this facility, students learn how to identify and harvest different cuts of meat.

Utah Agricultural Experiment Station: The UAES is part of a network of researchers and facilities at the nation’s land-grant universities and is committed to improving agriculture and managing natural resources for the people of Utah. At research facilities on the USU campus and throughout the state, UAES supports hundreds of research projects that promote agriculture and human nutrition and enhance the quality of rural life.

Western Dairy Center: The Western Dairy Center conducts basic and applied research in dairy products and ingredients, and then transfers the results to the dairy industry. The center provides expert assistance in these important areas: fluid milk and ice cream, fermented products (cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, buttermilk), milk protein chemistry (coagulation, denaturation, separation), food engineering (membrane, extrusion and injection processing), genetics and bioengineering of lactic acid bacteria, ultra-high temperature and extended-shelf life products.

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