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Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science

Pursue an Exciting Career in Nutrition, Wellness and Dietetics

The UMass Lowell Nutritional Science BS Program was recently ranked as one of the top 25 best nutritional sciences programs in the country.

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With a B.S. in Nutritional Science, you’ll be prepared for a career in fields such as dietetics, nutrition and wellness, food science and nutrition research.

Earn a Nutritional Science BS degree in one of three Options:

  • Dietetics Option – This accredited degree option prepares students for a career as a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered. NDTRs are an integral part of healthcare and food service management teams.
  • Nutrition and Wellness Option - This degree option combines nutrition, public health and business coursework. Students are prepared for positions related to disease prevention and health promotion in the community.
  • General Option – This degree option provides students with a strong science background. Students are prepared for a variety of research positions or may choose to apply to coordinated dietetics programs, doctoral programs or medical school. 

Learn more details below and in the Academic Catalog.

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

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

Find the Degree Pathways for each of the options - General, Nutrition and Wellness and Dietetics - in the UMass Lowell Academic Catalog.

Please note: The Nutritional Science, Dietetics option is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) which makes graduates eligible to sit for registration as a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician. This program does not meet the requirement for students to apply to a Registered Dietitian (RD) internship or examination after graduation.

However, the Nutritional Science undergraduate degree program does satisfy all prerequisite courses for the UMass Lowell Master of Public Health Coordinated Program in Dietetics. The MPH program is accredited by ACEND for both coursework and internship requirements permitting students to take the RD exam upon successful completion.

  • 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 1,080 (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.

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With a B.S. in Nutritional Science, you’ll be prepared for a career in fields such as dietetics, nutrition and wellness, food science industry and nutrition research.

Graduates of the Nutritional Science program are qualified for positions in:

  • Health promotion/Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition education
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Health and wellness
  • Nutrition and health policy
  • Non-profit program planning
  • Food inspection
  • Nutrition research
  • Product development
  • Marketing and sales

We encourage students to use UMass Lowell's Career Services to find jobs upon graduation.

All Nutritional Science BS Options serve as foundational pathways for graduate school.

  • Students are encouraged to learn more about programs offered by the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences and the MPH program in Nutrition.
  • The Nutritional Science BS Dietetics Option satisfies all prerequisite courses for the UMass Lowell Master of Public Health Coordinated Program in Dietetics. The MPH program is accredited by ACEND for both coursework and internship requirements permitting students to take the RD exam upon successful completion.
  • The Nutritional Science BS General Option serves as a foundational pathway for graduates to apply to PhD programs in nutritional science or a related field for opportunities in research and higher education. Related PhD programs offered by UMass Lowell include Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology and Applied Biology.

The Nutritional Science Program is an excellent pre-health professions pathway. Many of our clinically-oriented graduates have continued their training to work in health-related fields such as:

  • Registered Dietitians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Medical Physicians

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.

ADMISSIONS AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

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