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About this Major

The Nutrition Science major provides students interested in graduate level nutrition study, food science study or professional health programs (e.g. physician assistant, medical doctor, physical therapy) a suitable pathway that prepares them for these ventures. The Nutrition Science major provides a heavier emphasis on the sciences than the Nutrition and Dietetics major. The Nutrition Science major does not prepare students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and instead focuses on better preparing students interested in advanced study post-graduation.

The Nutrition Science major meets the demanding science admission requirements for nutrition and/or food science graduate programs nationwide. Further, this major is beneficial to pre-professional health program students at MSU Denver because it

  1. prepares them to better understand the science and relationships between the diet and human health,
  2. is designed to meet the admission requirements for most professional health programs (e.g. physician assistant, medical doctor), and
  3. suits the growing demand for a more preventive healthcare focus in professional health programs.

Students interested in using the Nutrition Science degree for professional health or graduate programs post-graduation, are encouraged to review the admissions requirements for programs of interest. After reviewing these requirements, students should meet with an advisor in the Department of Nutrition to develop a plan for completing all prerequisites for their post-graduate program interests.

Opportunities after Graduation

MSU Denver’s Nutrition Science major will prepare you to for a wide variety of opportunities, such as:

  • Professional health programs (i.e. medical school, physician assistant school)
  • Graduate studies in food or nutrition science
  • Food safety specialist
  • Nutrition research assistant or coordinator (i.e. academic, foundation, corporate- or government sponsored research)
  • Food product development scientist
  • Food industry positions (i.e. food labeling specialist, brand management, marketing and advertising, recipe testing)

To discuss these career opportunities with an advisor, please contact us at 303-615-0990.