The Nutrition Science major provides a foundation to pursue careers that improve lives, prevent diseases, promote health, and make a difference. What you eat not only has the ability to promote health, it also influences your risk of many diseases. Students who major in Nutrition Science develop a knowledge base in science and nutrition to understand and explore the relationship between what we eat and health. Courses specific to this major emphasize the fundamentals of nutrition, the metabolism of nutrients in health and disease, and nutrition science research. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to pursue research opportunities in various areas - including cancer, muscle health, obesity and diabetes.
With a focus on nutrition and preventive health, Nutrition Science offers excellent preparation for students pursuing graduate and professional school – especially students wanting to become physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists and dentists. All of the pre-requisite courses for medical school are contained within the planned program.
Students in Nutrition Science also have the opportunity to complete a five-year accelerated Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, potentially saving one full year of tuition and adding an extra year in the workforce.
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Careers in Nutrition Science
Nutrition Science is excellent for pursuing pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-public health, pre-law, and graduate school.
With a bachelor's degree, students pursue careers that promote health through research, communication, sales, and/or service. Examples include working in a university, industry (food, agricultural, pharmaceutical), government agency or nonprofit organization.
Transfer to Nutrition Science
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Also: Completion of at least one semester of college-level chemistry or biology with a grade of C or higher.
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