Bachelor of Science - Nutritional Science
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
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,
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
Office: 114c Sarah Fleischmann Bldg, UNR Campus
Dr. Stan Omaye, Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-6447
Office: 005 Sarah Fleischmann Bldg, UNR Campus
Page last updated: 7/8/2011