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Nutrition Science

The nutrition science major is a pre professional program designed for students who plan to apply to post baccalaureate programs in allopathic, osteopathic or veterinary medicine, physical therapy of physician`s assistant and nurse practitioner. Students gain clinical assessment skills while completing science intensive courses in organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, genetics and calculus which prepare them well for entrance examinations and acceptance into the health practitioner programs. Work settings include hospitals and medical centers, community health agencies, extended care facilities and private practice. Graduates of this program do not meet the didactic requirements to become a registered dietitian.


Admission requirements to the nutrition science major are the same as those for admission to Ohio University in general. No special prerequisites need to be met prior to declaring a major in nutrition science. Candidates are encouraged, however, to begin the program early in their college careers. High school honors chemistry and biological science courses also are strongly recommended. For information on admission to Ohio University for both freshmen and transfer students, go online to Ohio University Admissions.

Nutrition Sciences Graduate and Admission Requirements

Students enrolled in the Nutrition Science major must earn and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher to complete the degree conferral process. For students applying to physical therapy, medical school, PA or NP programs, a GPA or 3.50 or higher is considered competitive. Completing the graduation requirements of Ohio University and the nutrition sciences program does not guarantee that you will be accepted into post-baccalaureate programs for professional experience after graduation. You must apply to and be granted acceptance into such programs.

Program Costs

Please visit the Office of the Bursar for program costs.

Nutrition Sciences Program Plan- coming soon!