Bachelor of Science - Nutritional Science


The Program

Nutritional scientists work to ensure that our diets and those fed to animals supply the fundamental substances in foods which are essential to life. Nutritional Science combines the study of nutrition, a basic biological science, with studies of the roles of nutrients in health and disease and with studies of social , economic and biological factors that influence food choices and the nutritional status of humans. Your studies will address issues which are relevant to society, agriculture and medicine.


With a degree in nutritional sciences, you can join a network of professionals who provide a link between food producers and food consumers and between diet and health.



The curriculum of the nutritional science program draws upon a variety of nutrition-related disciplines, including human nutrition, biology, physiology, and chemistry. With the exception of the General Education Requirements and a set of core courses, the course requirements for the nutritional science option are largely unspecified, allowing you to pursue topic areas of interest. In this program of study, you will be encouraged to complete a diverse set of advanced courses relating to the nutritional sciences, offering a broad perspective on current knowledge of nutrient requirements and function and how this knowledge can be put to use.


Nutritionists usually specialize in one of three major areas of practice: clinical, community, or administrative management.


Clinical nutritionists service the needs of clients who are institutionalized.


Community nutritionists are an integral part of health clinics, clubs, agencies, and HMOs.


Meal planning and preparation on a large scale, such as for a school district, requires the careful supervision of administrative or management nutritionists.


The principles of nutrition are also readily applied to a number of other areas of modern life. Home economists, nurses, therapists, home-care attendants, health educators, and even chefs all require a working knowledge of nutrition.


Some nutritionists report or prepare publications on food and health-related issues, such as the importance of fiber in the diet and the efficacy of vitamin supplements.


The growing popularity and marketing power of the fitness industry coupled with an overall movement toward healthier lifestyles as a consequence of the growing incidence of heart disease and obesity among America’s aging population has ensured the place of nutritionists in the scheme of things.


What kind of salary do nutrtitional science grads earn?
      In 2010, the median annual income nationwide for dietitians and nutritionist was $53,250 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).


Who do I contact for more information about Nutritional Science?

Dr. Jamie Benedict, Assoicate Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-6445
e-mail: jamieb@cabnr.unr.edu
Office: 114c Sarah Fleischmann Bldg, UNR Campus


Dr. Stan Omaye, Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-6447
e-mail: omaye@unr.edu
Office: 005 Sarah Fleischmann Bldg, UNR Campus


Page last updated: 7/8/2011