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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 13, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nutrition Science, BS (EFFECTIVE FALL 2019)

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Beginning in fall 2019, the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition will offer an undergraduate Bachelor of Science program in Nutrition Science. Graduates will be able to apply the science of food and nutrition to the well-being and health of people. They will also be able to implement the knowledge and skills learned in industry, government, academia and NGOs. This may include working on food and nutrition labeling laws, creating better food products and supplements and helping to educate others about the importance of nutrition. In addition, graduates of the BS in Nutrition Science program will be prepared to further their education in the health professions including professional graduate programs in nutrition, medicine and dentistry. Students interested in this program will apply in the spring term of 2019 to begin as juniors in the fall term of 2019. This program does not meet the eligibilty requirements for Registered Dietitians (RD). For students desiring to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) please refer to the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics.

For more information, please contact:

Samara Joy Nielsen, PhD, MDiv
Program Director, Nutrition Science
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition
4035 Forbes Tower
Fax: 412-383-6636

Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0)
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5
  • A minimum grade of C- in all courses designated as prerequisites taken at the University of Pittsburgh; a C or better is required for courses taken elsewhere.

Admission to the Nutrition Science program requires successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits including all prerequisite courses below.

Prerequisite Courses:                                  

  1. Foundations of Biology 1, BIOSC 0150  
  2. Foundations of Biology Lab 1, BIOSC 0050  
  3. Foundations of Biology 2, BIOSC 0160  
  4. Foundations of Biology Lab 2, BIOSC 0067  /BIOSC 0068  
  5. Introduction to Microbiology, BIOSC 1850  *
  6. Microbiology Lab, BIOSC 1855  
  7. General Chemistry 1 with Lab, CHEM 0110  
  8. General Chemistry 2 with Lab, CHEM 0120  
  9. Organic Chemistry 1, CHEM 0310  
  10. Organic Chemistry 2, CHEM 0320  
  11. Organic Chemistry 2 Lab, CHEM 0345  
  12. English Composition, ENGCMP 0200  
  13. Research Writing or Intensive Writing Course, ENGCMP 0450  
  14. Algebra or Higher Math, MATH 0031  
  15. Introduction to Psychology, PSY 0010  
  16. Genetics, BIOSC 0350  **
  17. Statistics, STAT 0200  or STAT 1000  
  18. Introduction to Human Nutrition, HRS 1006  or NUTR 1006  
  19. Introduction to Physics 1, PHYS 0110  
  20. Introduction to Physics 2, PHYS 0111  
  21. Introduction to Lab Physics, PHYS 0212  

Note - Courses in italics are not prerequisites for our program but are strongly suggested for students because they are prerequisites for other professional degrees.

* Students can also take HRS 1025  Introduction to Microbiology instead of BIOSC 1850  or they can take NUR 0031  Microbiology and NUR 0032  Microbiology Lab instead of BIOSC 1850  /BIOSC 1855  

** Genetics can be taken prior to entering the program or after having entered the program

Application Procedures:

The deadline for submission of an application for admission consideration is March 15th annually.

Pitt Students (including regional campuses)

Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself Application.

Transfer Student Information:

Transfer students must apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid’s Transfer Application and selecting Nutrition Science as their intended field of study. International transfer students click here.

All applicants must:

  • Submit a personal essay-a brief statement discussing why you are interested in the Undergraduate Program in Nutrition Science, your professional goals including how and when you became interested in that field, as well as any work or volunteer experience you have that will demonstrate your awareness of the field. Also include other areas of interest, extra-curricular activities and leadership experiences;
  • Resumes are strongly recommended;
  • Submit one letter of recommendation. A recommendation from a college instructor/professor or recent work or volunteer supervisor is preferred;
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions from which they have college credits. Current University of Pittsburgh students do not need to provide their University of Pittsburgh transcript, and can request copies of transcripts previously submitted to Pitt from their current school. Students currently at the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences can obtain copies of non-Pitt transcripts from the Office of Student Records, 140 Thackeray Hall, and drop them off in the SHRS Admissions Office, 4020 Forbes Tower;
  • Have an interview with the nutrition faculty. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview; 
  • Application may be submitted while course requirements are in progress.

Please note that admission is competitive.  Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.


The BS degree in Nutrition Science requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credits which includes 60 credits prior to admission and 60 credits of required courses taken within the program. The usual time required to complete the program after admission to the junior year is two years. The program currciulum is as follows:

Junior Year - Fall Term

Senior Year - Fall Term

Senior Year - Spring Term

Total Program Credits: 60

Total Degree Credits: 120

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