Nutritional Sciences

Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition


Jennifer Ekstrom
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Phone: 517-353-3317

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. The Nutritional Sciences meets the admission requirements for most pre-med programs (medicine, dentistry, paramedical) while the student pursues a bachelor’s degree in a clinically relevant area

The major also prepares students to enter graduate school programs in nutrition and other life sciences

A minor in Nutritional Sciences is available as an elective to students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at MSU who wish to broaden their understanding of the science of nutrition and the relationships between food and health.

Core Areas of Study:

  • Energy metabolism
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Community nutrition
  • Nutrition and the immune system

Supporting Discipline Courses:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Physiology

To see courses required by this major, visit the Nutritional Sciences major listing in the MSU course catalog

Career Opportunities

  • Healthcare
  • Public health
  • Food industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Government health and wellness programs
  • Corporate health and wellness programs
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • State Departments of Community Health