Nutritional Sciences

nutritional sciences

WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE?

This major is part of the Health and Medicine Exploration Group

Nutritional Science Major Website

Food Science Minor

Nutrition for Exercise and Sport Minor

In terms of health, we are what we eat. Nutritional Science majors study how our bodies transform everything from hot dogs to salads into energy we can use and other molecules vital for normal functioning of our bodies. They also study how changes like aging, illness, exercise, and pregnancy affect our nutrient requirements. As a student of Nutritional Sciences, you'll explore the latest research in, for example, the benefits and possible dangers of antioxidants and the role that social factors play in determining food intake and health. Majors research the complex relationships between the body, food, nutrients, and health.

Nutritional Sciences (NUSC) majors integrate knowledge of the use of foods and nutrients by cells, individuals, and communities to promote optimal health and treatment of disease. The Department offers two areas of emphasis; Dietetics (Didactic Program) and Nutritional Sciences, through which students can obtain their Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nutritional Sciences.

Click here to learn more about the Didactic Dietetics Program in Nutritional Sciences. 

HOW TO DECLARE:

APPLICATION REQUIRED.

Students not admitted to the University as Nutritional Sciences majors may petition into this major during the first two weeks of each semester. The following petition requirements must be met for consideration of a change into the Nutritional Sciences major:

  1. Earned at least a C in CHEM 1124Q or CHEM 1127Q, and a C- in CHEM 2241 or CHEM 2443 and CHEM 2444
  2. Earned at least a B in NUSC 1165 and NUSC 2200

Once petition requirements have been met, complete and submit a "School, Major and/or Advisor Change" form. Form and instructions can be found here. 

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS:

Major Requirements Overview

 

HELPFUL INTRO COURSES:

Click course for full description

NUSC 1165 - Fundamentals of Nutrition (Major Requirement) (Gen Ed: CA 3)

NUSC 1167 - Food, Culture, and Society (Major Requirement) (Gen Ed: CA 4-INT)

 

POSSIBLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Click here for career opportunities

UConn Majors to Careers Guides

 

RELATED MAJORS:

Allied Health Sciences

Chemistry

Dietetics

Exercise Science

Molecular and Cell Biology