Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science

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If you'd like to study nutrition at the bachelor's-degree level, Purdue University Global offers an online Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program. Keep reading to learn more about this online BS in Nutrition Science program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Purdue University Global's online Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program covers several aspects of health care and nutrition. Its goal is to help prepare students for careers where they help guide others towards healthier lifestyles through their nutritional choices. You could be able to learn about food safety, nutrition planning and management, and nutritional counseling as an enrolled student. The program includes an internship option as one of its electives. There's also a capstone course that recaps the main parts of the curriculum.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Potential students of Purdue University Global's online Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program should be interested in food and nutrition and may have strong listening and speaking skills. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or GED. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

In all, you must earn 180 credits during Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program. Thirty-three of those are core credits. You must also earn 60 major credits and 87 elective credits.

Core Requirements (33 credits)

Course CodeCourse Title
CM107College Composition I
CM1220College Composition II
CS204Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace
Choose one of the following:
MM150Survey of Mathematics
MM212College Algebra
Choose one of the following:
HU200Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
HU245Ethics
HU250Humanities and Culture
Choose one of the following:
SC200Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
SC235General Biology I - Human Perspectives
SC246Fundamentals of Microbiology
SC250Fundamentals of Science
Choose one of the following:
SS211The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
SS236People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
SS250The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Major Requirements (60 credits)

Course Code Course Title
NS305 Food Safety and Microbiology
NS310 Nutritional Analysis and Assessment
NS321 Nutrition Planning and Management
NS325 Nutrition Across the Human Life Cycle
NS335 Nutrition for Special Populations
NS415 Food Science with Lab
NS420 Nutritional Counseling
100 / 200 / 300 / 400 Level Major Electives
NS499 Bachelor's Capstone in Nutrition

Elective Requirements (87 credits)

Course Code Course Title
Open Electives

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program at Purdue University Global, you might be prepared to seek a career in nutrition as well as the health science and holistic health care fields. You could be able to apply for positions in hospitals, private practices, food or pharmaceutical industries, wellness centers, outpatient clinics, or athletic clubs. The following are some potential job options:

  • Nutrition educator
  • Health coach
  • Food manager
  • Sports nutrition specialist
  • Nutrition writer
  • Food services director

Advanced Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science graduates who decide to pursue advanced degrees could be able to build the nutrition skills and knowledge that are needed in clinical, research or academic environments. During a master's degree program in nutrition, students might be able to improve their critical-thinking and policy-making abilities as well as their understanding of nutrition concepts. After completing the above Purdue University Global program, you could consider programs such as:

  • Master of Science in Nutritional Science
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Longevity
  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition