Nutrition Major: Nutritional Sciences Option (B.S.)

Nutrition Major: Nutritional Sciences Option (B.S.)
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At UNH, you have three curriculum options (Dietetics Option, Health and Wellness Option, Nutritional Sciences Option) for pursuing a bachelor's degree in nutrition. Students typically declare an option within the nutrition major no later than the second semester of their sophomore year.

Read more about our Nutritional Sciences option below.

What is the study of nutritional sciences? 

The nutritional sciences involve the study of biology, chemistry, physiology, nutrition, biochemistry and physics, as well as core courses in nutritional assessment, life cycle nutrition, nutrition and health and nutrition careers. Students completing the degree program are prepared for entry into professional schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing and physical therapy, graduate school, or technically oriented jobs in science.  

Why study nutritional sciences at UNH? 

Students in UNH’s nutritional sciences program not only benefit from a comprehensive curriculum, they also have opportunities to apply what they’re learning during internships and research in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Our highly engaged faculty are experts in the nutritional sciences field and provide individualized guidance tailored to each student’s goals, whether they plan to continue their formal education or enter the workforce following graduation. The program also offers the UNH-in-Italy program, which allows students to experience the medieval city of Ascoli Piceno while studying English-language courses that explore the links between food culture, sustainable agriculture and the policies and issues impacting the food system.

Potential careers 

  • Biotechnology 
  • Clinical nutrition 
  • Consulting and private practice 
  • Education 
  • Food and nutrition management 
  • Government 
  • Research

Program Coordinator | Nutrition
Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-3083
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems, Kendall Hall Rm 125, Durham, NH 03824
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Curriculum & Requirements

Nutrition is the study of how nutrients and food components function at molecular, cellular, and whole-body levels to impact human health and disease. Students are grounded in fundamental sciences as they develop nutrition-specific competencies in nutrition and health, foods, nutritional assessment, wellness, life cycle nutrition, and/or metabolic biochemistry.

The nutrition program prepares students for entry-level positions in health care, education, research, or the biotechnology industry, or entry into post-baccalaureate professional programs. Nutrition faculty have expertise in clinical nutrition and food science, as well as assessing risk factors of chronic disease risk (i.e. obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, cognitive) in diverse populations (pediatric, young adult, older adult), and populations that are underrepresented in research.

Students in the Nutritional Sciences option most often enroll in a post-graduate educational degree program (e.g., medical school, graduate school, physician assistant program, etc.) or enter the biomedical/biotechnology workplace.

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Nutritional Science

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being 4
NUTR 401 Professional Perspectives on Nutrition 1
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
NUTR 476 Nutritional Assessment 4
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
Second Year
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Select one of the following: 4
BIOL 528
Applied Biostatistics I  
PSYC 402
Statistics in Psychology  
SOC 402
HHS 540
Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals  
Discovery Course 4
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
SOC 400
or PSYC 401
Introductory Sociology
or Introduction to Psychology
Elective (any course) 4
Third Year
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
Nutrition Elective 2-4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
NUTR 650 Life Cycle Nutrition 4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
Discovery Course 4
Nutrition Elective 2-4
Fourth Year
NUTR 750 Nutritional Biochemistry 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
Elective (any course) 4
NUTR 751 Nutritional Biochemistry of Micronutrients 4
600 or 700-Level Elective Outside the Major 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Total Credits128-132

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C- or above is required in all NUTR courses required by the major.

Foundation Courses
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
SOC 400Introductory Sociology4
or PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology
Select one statistics course from the following:4
BIOL 528
Applied Biostatistics I
HHS 540
Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals
PSYC 402
Statistics in Psychology
SOC 402
Science Core Courses
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
Nutrition Core Courses
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
NUTR 401Professional Perspectives on Nutrition1
NUTR 476Nutritional Assessment4
NUTR 650Life Cycle Nutrition4
Nutritional Sciences Option Courses
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences4
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4
NUTR 751Nutritional Biochemistry of Micronutrients4
Major Elective Courses
Two nutrition Electives and a third Elective outside the major are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor, based on the student's career interests.
Choose 2 NUTR courses (minimum 8 credits)
NUTR 403Culinary Arts Skills Development4
NUTR 405Food and Society4
NUTR 504Managerial Skills in Dietetics4
NUTR 506Nutrition and Wellness4
NUTR 525Food and Culture in Italy4
NUTR 530Critical Analysis in Food Studies4
NUTR 535History of Food in Italy4
NUTR 546Nutrition in Exercise and Sports4
NUTR 550Food Science: Principle and Practice4
NUTR 560Introduction to Research in Nutrition2
NUTR 595Mediterranean Diet and Culture4
NUTR 600Field Experience in Nutrition1-4
NUTR 610Nutrition Education and Counseling4
NUTR 625From Farm to the Italian Table4
NUTR 709Nutritional Epidemiology4
NUTR 710Advanced Diabetes Care2
NUTR 715Advanced Sports Nutrition4
NUTR 720Community Nutrition4
NUTR 730From Seed to Sea: Examining Sustainable Food Systems4
NUTR 740Nutrition for Children with Special Needs4
NUTR 755
NUTR 758
Concepts and Controversies in Weight Management
and Practicum in Nutrition and Wellness
NUTR 773Clinical Nutrition4
NUTR 775Practical Applications in Medical Nutrition Therapy4
NUTR 780Critical Issues in Nutrition4
NUTR 790Undergraduate Teaching Experience1-2
Elective Outside the Major at 600- or 700-Level (4 credits)

Nutritional Science Capstone Experience

One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement for Nutritional Sciences students is satisfied through the completion of NUTR 720 Community Nutrition or NUTR 751 Nutritional Biochemistry of Micronutrients

NUTR 751 is a required course; and will only fulfill the university's capstone requirement if taken during the student's senior year.

  • Locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based conclusions and decisions.
  • Apply critical thinking skills.
  • Deliver effective and professional oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrate cultural humility, awareness of personal biases and an understanding of cultural difference they contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Articulate the nutritional requirements for various populations across the lifespan.
  • Explain macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and how it is used to generate knowledge in nutrition science.

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Initial Admission to the major as a First-year or Transfer Student

Students entering the University as first-year or transfer students may declare Nutrition as part of the UNH admission process.  First-year and transfer students who are admitted directly into Nutrition will be assigned an academic faculty advisor who will work with you throughout your course of study.

Change of Major Requirements for Existing UNH Students

We welcome UNH students who wish to declare the Nutrition Major or change their major from other degree programs. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; see below for entry requirements.

What Are the Steps to CHANGE My Major?

To facilitate a change of major into Nutrition, students should complete two steps*:

1) Submit an application requesting the transfer from another degree program.  This online application is then reviewed by the program coordinator. Students are assigned an academic faculty advisor who will work with you throughout your course of study.

2) Request to change your major in Webcat.  A tutorial for the process of changing a major is available.


Current UNH students wishing to change their major and join the Nutrition Program must have:

  1. Earned a minimum of 12 UNH credits
  2. Completed OR be enrolled in NUTR 400 and NUTR 401

All students may transfer into one of the following:

  • Nutrition: No Option
  • Nutrition: Nutrition & Wellness
  • Nutrition: Nutritional Sciences

Students interested in transferring into the Nutrition: Dietetics Option, must also meet the following 3 requirements:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.2
  2. Minimum earned grade in introductory nutrition (e.g. NUTR 400) = B
  3. Minimum earned grade in one semester of chemistry w/lab or anatomy/physiology with lab = C+

Students admitted to the Nutrition major at UNH are required to declare, and be formally admitted into, one of the following options:

Nutrition majors designate an option once they have successfully completed: 1) NUTR 400, 2) NUTR 401, & 3) BMS 507 or CHEM 403 (CHEM 411 for Wellness). The Fall and Spring semester deadlines are September 15th and February 15th, respectively.

Option Application for Current Nutrition Majors

CHANAS is a wonderful venue for those interested in undergraduate and graduate research projects. Each semester UNH students work as research assistants for the project and, in the process, gain valuable research and clinical skills. 


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The Pre-Health Advising Office provides support throughout the process of preparing for health professions school from advising on the courses they should take to helping navigate through the complex steps of the application process.

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