The Nutritional Sciences program focuses on the science of nutrition and its relationships to human health. A foundation in biological and physical sciences serves as a basis for understanding human nutrition with expanded study in one of three concentrations.
The advanced nutrition courses provide a unique focus on preventive approaches and an understanding of how food impacts health, a valuable perspective when pursuing a career in health care or public health.
Core areas of study include:
Sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Cellular and molecular biology.
In addition to core areas, students select at least one concentration area to customize the program based on their individual interests.
Biomedical and Molecular Nutrition.
Global Nutrition and Health.
Public Health Nutrition.
The Nutritional Sciences degree at Michigan State University provides all or nearly all of the prerequisite courses needed for entry into health and medical schools. The advanced nutrition courses provide a unique focus on preventive approaches and an understanding of how food impacts health, a valuable perspective when pursuing a career in healthcare or public health.
Nutritional Sciences prepares students for a variety of career paths:
Public health nutrition.
Corporate wellness/health promotion.
Food industry communications.
Note: Students seeking a career as a practicing nutritionist are encouraged to choose the Dietetics major. Dietetics is a DPD (didactic program in dietetics), serving students who wish to earn the RDN credential to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with industry and public health organizations, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in nutrition, nonprofits and food-related fields.
The Food Industry Management program provides a system-wide perspective of managerial problems confronting firms in the food industry, recognizes the increasing interdependence among such firms and focuses on creating consumer value.
Nutritional Sciences focuses on the biological and physical sciences of nutrition and its relationships to human health with concentrations in biomedical and molecular nutrition, global nutrition and health and public health nutrition.