Nutritional Sciences

The Nutritional Sciences major emphasizes intensive study in biological and physical sciences as a basis for understanding the science of nutrition and the relationships between nutrients and human health. Core course requirements focus on human nutrition with areas of study in energy metabolism, proteins, vitamins, minerals, community nutrition and diet in the prevention and treatment of diseases. Supporting discipline courses include biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physiology, microbiology, mathematics, and physics.

This major is designed to meet the admissions requirements of most colleges of medicine, dentistry and paramedical colleges while the student pursues a bachelor’s degree in a clinically related area. Refer to the Pre-Health Professional webpage for more specific information on how the MSU Nutritional Science courses correspond with typical professional school requirements.  The major also prepares students to enter graduate school programs in nutrition and other life sciences. Graduates in Nutritional Sciences qualify for positions in the food industry, corporate wellness and health promotion programs, public health programs, pharmaceutical sales and similar occupations.

Degree Requirements

Nutritional Sciences Handbook

Nutritional Sciences Club


Student Activities

Nutritional Sciences Minor

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Course Descriptions

Contact an advisor:

Jennifer L. Ekstrom, PhD
Academic Advisor, Nutritional Sciences
Dept of Food Science & Human Nutrition
G. M. Trout FSHN Building
469 Wilson Road, Rm 106F
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-3317
Fax: (517) 432-5295; E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

MSU Students:  Reserve an appointment via the online Advisors Calendar.