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Nutritional Sciences

What is the Nutritional Sciences major?

This major is designed to focus on building a strong science foundation focused in biology, physiology, and chemistry. The integration of science and nutrition through the Nutritional Sciences major will successfully prepare you to pursue an advanced degree in nutrition, medicine, dental, pharmacology, physical therapy, or other related health professions.

The option to combine the Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics major is available to students who want to conduct nutrition research or apply to a dietetic internship.

Additionally, the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition offers majors in Dietetics and Applied Nutrition.

Career Opportunities for Nutritional Sciences Graduates

The Nutritional Sciences major will successfully prepare you to pursue an advanced degree in nutrition, medicine, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, or other related health professions. Students should review the pre-admission requirements for post-undergraduate programs to ensure they complete all required courses. These sites show general pre-professional school requirements: www.udel.edu/premed and www.udel.edu/pt.  

With science as a foundation, Nutritional Sciences prepares future health care professionals.  This major can also lead to a career in laboratory research in pharmaceutical or food industries, local and state public health departments, the government such as the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or academia.

Additionally, the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition offers majors in Dietetics and Applied Nutrition.

Nutritional Sciences Curriculum

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete 120 credits and meet specific requirements as outlined in the University of Delaware Catalog. Each semester’s courses will vary depending on the student’s background and academic preparation. The following plan is only an example; not every student will take every course in the same order. The average number of credits per semester ranges from 14-17. Winter and summer sessions can help lighten the loads of regular semesters.