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
MATH 101 or higher 2-5 cr
PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology 4 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
CHEM 109 4 cr
Total Credits 13
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
ACE 2 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
NUTR 250 3 cr
CHEM 110 4 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
ACE 7 3 cr
Elective 3-5 cr
LIFE 120 3 cr
LIFE 120L 1 cr
CHEM 251 3 cr
CHEM 253 1 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
NUTR 253 or COMM 211 or SOCI 200 or SOCI 217 3 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
LIFE 121 Fundamentals of Biology II 3 cr
LIFE 121L 1 cr
CHEM 252 3 cr
Total Credits 13

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
STAT 218 or EDPS 459 3 cr
NUTR 401 Health Behavior 3 cr
BIOC 431/831 Structure and Metabolism 3 cr
BIOS 213 Human Physiology 3 cr
BIOS 213L Human Physiology 1 cr
Total Credits 13
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
Electives 6 cr
PHYS 141 or PHYS 211 4-5 cr
Supporting Professional Courses 5-8 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
NUTR 450 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3 cr
NUTR 455 Advanced Nutrition 3 cr
Electives 3 cr
PHYS 142 OR PHYS 212 4-5 cr
BIOS 312 3 cr
BIOS 314 1 cr
Total Credits 17
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 214 Human Anatomy 5 cr
NUTR 452 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3 cr
Electives 0-6 cr
NUTR 402 Health Information: Science, Media, and the Consumer 3 cr
Total Credits 11


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.