Nutrition Science

Nutrition Science Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Nutrition Science option provides students an opportunity to intensively study the biological and physical sciences as a basis for understanding the science of nutrition. This “pre-health” option prepares students for admission to medical, dental, nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, chiropractic and optometry schools. The minimum course requirements for admission to these schools are included in this option. This option also prepares you to enter graduate programs in nutrition and biomedical sciences for careers in academia, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food industry, or government. Students have the opportunity to engage in sponsored laboratory research with faculty of the department. Honors students can conduct research for their thesis or senior project with our faculty and earn distinction at graduation.

UNL Points of Distinction

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Challenging curriculum tailored to meet each student's educational plan of study
  • Hands-on research experience working with a faculty member in your area of interest
  • Pre-professional requirements for most healthcare and research professions
  • Comprehensive preparation for graduate education


The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences is located in Leverton Hall on East Campus. This facility contains:


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

Application to this program


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
NUTR 302 3 cr
Total Credits 16
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
PHYS 142 OR PHYS 212 4-5 cr
BIOS 312 3 cr
BIOS 314 1 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 214 Human Anatomy 5 cr
NUTR 452 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3 cr
Electives 3-9 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.