Nutrition Major (B.S.)

Nutrition is the study of food, the nutrients found in food, and the body’s metabolism of these nutrients to maintain and promote health. Nutrition is an interdisciplinary science based on biochemistry and physiology, but also integrates sociology, psychology, molecular biology, and genetics.

Students have three curriculum options within the major to pursue a bachelor's degree in nutrition. The option is declared within the nutrition major before the end of the second year in the program. Options include:

  • Dietetics option - is the first step to becoming a registered dietitian. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) curriculum is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). It prepares you for a master's degree and dietetic internship.
  • Health and Wellness option - provides a foundation in chemistry, anatomy, physiology and microbiology and includes courses on wellness and community health. Students gain real-world experience providing hands-on nutrition and health guidance.
  • Nutritional Sciences option - provides a comprehensive background in biology, chemistry, physiology, nutrition, biochemistry and physics, and includes courses on nutritional assessment, life cycle nutrition, nutrition and health, and careers in nutrition.

The program prepares students for success by offering real-world learning opportunities throughout the curriculum. These opportunities include applied research, field experiences, internships, community engagement, and study abroad offerings. Our diverse group of faculty are dedicated to student success in and outside of the classroom. Coursework supports diverse postgraduate pathways including allied health programs, medical and dental schools, and graduate school. The rigorous curriculum is designed to offer a science-based foundation and foster critical-thinking and strong communication skills for future professional success of our students.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Students take 16-18 credits per semester. All students complete foundational courses in the sciences, nutrition core courses, and additional option-specific requirements as noted in the program descriptions (i.e. Dietetics, Nutrition and Wellness, and Nutritional Sciences). Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. 

NUTR courses:
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
NUTR 401Professional Perspectives on Nutrition1
NUTR 476Nutritional Assessment4
NUTR 650Life Cycle Nutrition4
Foundation courses:
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
SOC 400Introductory Sociology4
or PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology
Statistics course4

Student Learning Outcomes are outlined within the Nutrition Major program options pages, see:

  • Nutrition: Dietetics Option (B.S.)
  • Nutrition: Health and Wellness Option (B.S.)
  • Nutrition: Nutritional Sciences Option (B.S.)