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Nutritional Science Major

The BS in Nutritional Sciences Prepares You for a Career in Nutritional Science, Public Health or the Food and Wellness Industry.

Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Scientists study the relationship between diet and chronic disease, monitor nutritional content of the American food supply, define and help to alleviate food and nutritional problems throughout the world, 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 to serve as part of a research and development team in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biomedical or food industry atmosphere and
  • To prepare graduates to assume responsibility for their own continued personal and professional growth.

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Degree Requirements

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

The course offerings and the list of course requirements established by the Department of Health and Clinical Sciences have been designed to conform to two criteria. First, there is a set of general requirements for a degree established by the university: 120 total credits, including the General Education Course Requirements. Second, there are the specific course requirements for the major, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science. These total approximately 84 credits. 

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The nutritional sciences undergraduate program satisfies all the prerequisite courses for the graduate degree option, the Master of Public Health Coordinated Program in Dietetics. This graduate program is accredited by ACEND for both the coursework and internship requirements to take the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam upon successful completion of the Master's program.

The undergraduate program is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and does not meet the requirements for students to apply for the Registered Dietitian internship or examination after graduation.

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.

Freshman Entry Master's/Dietetics

Nutritional Sciences Freshman Entry into Master of Public Health (MPH) in Dietetics Program

Students who meet the qualifications are invited into the NS/MPH in Dietetics program during the admissions process. Notification is made to students in their letter of acceptance to the university. Students completing the BS in NS/MPH in Dietetics program (4 years) with an overall major GPA minimum of 3.3 and grades of B- or higher in all designated pre-requisite courses will continue into the professional graduate phase of the MPH in Dietetics program. 

Read more about the Master of Public Health in Dietetics.

Why Study Nutritional Sciences?

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Check out the Master of Public Health in Dietetics program.

become a registered dietitian

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


Researchers at UML are active in the field of Nutritional Sciences.

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