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Nutritional Science Major

Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences

Students in the Nutritional Sciences Program study the biological mechanisms through which nutrients affect metabolism, the relationship between dietary patterns, and the health and well-being of individuals, communities and populations, and the nutritional content of the American food supply and its role in maintaining healthy eating patterns. In addition, they practice novel skills related to nutrition assessment and laboratory technique and work with other health professionals in promoting health and well-being for people of all ages.

The goals of the BS in Nutritional Sciences program are:

  • To prepare graduates with nutritional science expertise affording numerous career opportunities
  • To prepare graduates to assume responsibility for their own continued personal and professional growth

Degree Requirements

All students complete a basic core of courses, which provide an understanding of foods and their nutritional content, the physiological and biochemical properties of nutrients, and effects of inadequate or excessive nutrient. In preparation for these courses, students also complete courses in Physiological Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Statistics.

The Nutritional Sciences degree meets UMass Lowell graduation standards of completing 120 credits, including:

  • University General Education Course Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences Core Courses

Please review the complete Nutritional Sciences Suggested Degree Pathway.

The Nutritional Sciences Undergraduate Program is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and does not meet the requirement for students to apply to the Registered Dietitian (RD) internship or examination after graduation. However, the Undergraduate Program does satisfy all  prerequisite courses for the Master of Public Health Coordinated Program in Dietetics. The Master Program is accredited by ACEND for both coursework and internship requirements permitting students to take the RD exam upon successful completion.

Admission Requirements

  • A high school diploma.
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of high school program that focuses on college prep courses including English, biology, and chemistry.  It is strongly recommended that incoming freshman take math through pre-calculus or calculus and complete high school physics.
  • Minimum combined SAT scores of 1,000 (mathematics and verbal).
  • Students must be able to meet the technical standards of the college and the program so that they can actively participate in all phases of class, practicum and laboratory work, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Read more about the admissions process at  Undergraduate Admissions.

Career & Graduate Opportunities

Students completing a degree in Nutritional Sciences with a high GPA are strongly encouraged to continue to graduate school. Many of our clinically oriented graduates have continued their training to become registered dietitians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants or have gone to medical school to become a physician; others have obtained further training or employment in public health nutrition in government or non-governmental organizations; and some have completed PhD's in nutritional sciences or a related field for opportunities in research and higher education. 

For students who are unsure of their graduate plans, or who are eager to start working, there is a strong program through Career Services that all students are encouraged to use. 

Graduates of the Nutritional Sciences Program have obtained jobs in the following:

  • Health promotion/Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition education
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Non-profit program planning
  • Food inspection
  • Nutrition research
  • Product development
  • Marketing and sales
The Nutritional Sciences Program is an excellent pre-health professions pathway. Many of our clinically oriented graduates have continued their training to work in health related fields:
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Medical Physicians

Nutrition Minor

The Nutrition Minor is designed to prepare graduates to serve as part of a team to educate and assist individuals and the community in maintaining a better quality of life. Skills gained from the nutrition minor will aid in career development in the health and wellness career fields.


  • Receive a grade of B- or higher in NUTR.2060 Human Nutrition prior to applying
  • Obtain authorization of the department
  • Maintain a B- or higher in all minor courses
  • Complete a total of 23 semester hours in the minor field; at least 9 semester hours at the upper division course level

For more information, contact Kelsey Mangano.

Contact Us

Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences

Nancy Goodyear, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Interim Chair, Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences
Office: Weed Hall
Phone: 978-934-4427

Undergraduate Nutritional Sciences Program

Kelsey M. Mangano, Ph.D., RD
Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences Program Director
Office: Dugan 110N
Phone: 978-934-6367

Graduate Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Renee Barrile, Ph.D., RD
Lecturer, Director of Graduate Programs in Nutrition
Office: Dugan 110I
Phone: 978-934-4457

For a full listing of department contacts visit the Contact Us page.

Click on the links below to learn more about Nutritional Sciences

Two femaile students discuss ingredients in vitamins

The graduate program in Dietetics.

become a registered dietitian

a female student presenting her nutritional science project

Researchers at UMass Lowell are active in the field of Nutritional Sciences.

Our Research

Nutritional Science student and professor using skin fold calipers

Faculty and community leaders partner together to improve community member's health.

In the Community

Nutritional sciences students studying at a table

Numerous opportunities are available to students after they receive their bachelor's degree.

career Opportunities

Professor Tom Wilson and student in the Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences Department

All UMass Lowell students can take advantage of the Nutritional Sciences minor.

Nutritional Sciences Minor


Our faculty members are on the leading edge of Nutritional Sciences research.