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Degree: Bachelor of Science 

Understanding the role of nutrition in health policy, sustainability, wellness promotion, and disease management, treatment, and cure 

You might like this program if you

Want to help people understand how to eat better and stay healthy.

Advocate for healthy food for all.

Are interested in conducting research aimed at preventing chronic disease.

Want to help develop and defend more sustainable food practices.

Plan on becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.


Types of classes you’ll take 

  • Introductory Principles of Nutrition 
  • Chemistry 
  • Microbiology 
  • Physiology 
  • Nutrition Education 
  • Nutrition Counseling 
  • Food Preparation 
  • Integrated Nutrition and Biochemistry 
  • Nutrition and Health Assessment 
  • Food Industry Management 
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy 

Possible careers 

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 
  • Researcher in Nutrition, Nutritional Biochemistry, or Eating Behaviors 
  • Medicine 
  • Dentistry 
  • Physician Assistant 
  • Food Industry Research and Development 
  • Sports Nutrition 
  • Wellness Programs 
  • Nutrition Counseling 
  • Culinary Nutrition 
  • Health Education/Health Promotion 
  • Food Industry Regulation 
  • Nutrition Communications 
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Whatever your interests, whichever direction you want to go—business, science, medicine, healthcare, social science—the Penn State College of Health and Human Development has programs and options that lead to a future where you can do good work, and work while doing good.