Top Nutrition Science Colleges

As a nutrition major, you’ll learn the chemical, biological, and social factors that impact human health. Along the way, you’ll encounter courses such as: Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Sports Nutrition and Supplements, and Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight.

Earning a degree in nutrition science will prepare students for a variety of career options including: registered dietician, marketer in the food industry, public health, teacher, food and nutrition management, or the medical profession (with additional schooling).

What do you need to make it in a Nutrition Science program?

Nutrition Science majors should take a rigorous course load of science classes while in high school. AP Biology is of particular relevance. Interpersonal skills and the ability to work in teams is also essential, as group projects and lab assignments are commonplace.

Your Nutrition Science College Checklist:

  • Do undergraduate students have access to the premier laboratories or are they reserved for graduate/Ph.D. students?
  • What independent project(s) or independent research are required as part of the degree?
  • How is your prospective college viewed by industry leaders?
  • What is the professional background of the faculty?
  • How adept is your prospective institution at helping students secure quality internships?
  • Does the school have a large, powerful alumni network that can assist in landing a job?
  • How do graduate schools (in public health or medicine, for example) view your undergraduate program?

The Top Nutrition Science Colleges & Universities

Nutrition science is a competitive field and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: James Madison University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Nutrition Science Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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