Nutrition Science

Nutrition Science Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Majoring in Nutrition Science allows you to study an intense mix of biological and physical sciences as a basis for understanding the science of nutrition. It’s also an effective way to prepare for professional work in a variety of health and nutrition-related careers.

We offer two options in this program:

1. Nutrition Science Pre-professional - this is one way to be a “pre-med” major at UNL, for premedical, predental, nursing, physical therapy, and laboratory technology majors who may be able to obtain a degree in nutrition and simultaneously meet entrance requirements for a professional program.

2. Nutrition Science
This option will also prepare you to enter graduate programs in nutrition.


  • Medical physician
  • Physician's assistant
  • Dentist
  • Physical therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Research technologist
  • Pharmacist

Application to this program

The admission requirements for pre-professional programs vary and may change from year to year. Admission to professional programs are competitive. You need to be aware of not only specific course requirements but also entrance exams, admission deadlines, research and volunteer opportunities, and other activities that enhance the application. Information on requirements and preparation for professional programs are available through UNL’s Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center 127 Love (Library) South (402/472-3605.

Bachelor of Science 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
LIFE 120 Fundamentals of Biology I 3 cr
LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I Laboratory 1 cr
MATH 101 or higher 2-5 cr
PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology 4 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
Total Credits 13
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
LIFE 121 Fundamentals of Biology II 3 cr
LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory 1 cr
ACE 2 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 13

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 213 Human Physiology 3 cr
BIOS 213L Human Physiology 1 cr
CHEM 109 General Chemistry I 4 cr
ACE 7 3 cr
Elective 2-5 cr
Total Credits 13
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
CHEM 110 General Chemistry II 4 cr
NUTR 253 or COMM 211 or SOCI 200 or SOCI 217 3 cr
PHYS 141 or PHYS 211 4-5 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
Total Credits 14

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr
CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1 cr
PHYS 142 or PHYS 212 4-5 cr
STAT 218 or EDPS 459 3 cr
NUTR 401 Health Behavior 3 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 312 Microbiology 3 cr
BIOS 314 Microbiology Laboratory 1 cr
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr
Electives 9 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
BIOC 431/831 Structure and Metabolism 3 cr
NUTR 402 Health Information: Science, Media, and the Consumer 3 cr
NUTR 450 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3 cr
NUTR 455 Advanced Nutrition 3 cr
Electives 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 214 Human Anatomy 5 cr
NUTR 452 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3 cr
Supporting Professional Courses 5-8 cr
Electives 0-2 cr
Total Credits 13


This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.