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. Graduates of the Nutrition Science program will 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 among others. 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 Master in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Samara Joy Nielsen, PhD, MDiv
Program Director, Nutrition Sciences
Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition
School of Health and Rehabilitatioin Sciences
4035 Forbes Tower
Admissions Selection Criteria Include:
- 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.
- Submission of one letter of recommendation (college instructor/professor, recent supervisor, or academic advisor preferred)
- Submission of a personal statement discussing why the applicant is interested in the program and the field of nutrition science, career goals, and any work or volunteer experience in the field.
Please note that admission is competitive. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.
Prerequisites for Admission
- Foundations of Biology 1, BIOSC 0150
- Foundations of Biology Lab 1, BIOSC 0050
- Foundations of Biology 2, BIOSC 0160
- Foundations of Biology Lab 2, BIOSC 0067 /BIOSC 0068
- Introduction to Microbiology, BIOSC 1850 *
- Microbiology Lab, BIOSC 1855
- General Chemistry 1 with Lab, CHEM 0110
- General Chemistry 2 with Lab, CHEM 0120
- Organic Chemistry 1, CHEM 0310
- Organic Chemistry 2, CHEM 0320
- Organic Chemistry 2 Lab, CHEM 0345
- English Composition, ENGCMP 0200
- Research Writing or Intensive Writing Course, ENGCMP 0450
- Algebra or Higher Math, MATH 0031
- Introduction to Psychology, PSY 0010
- Genetics, BIOSC 0350 **
- Statistics, STAT 0200 or STAT 1000
- Introduction to Human Nutrition, HRS 1006 or NUTR 1006
- Introduction to Physics 1, PHYS 0110
- Introduction to Physics 2, PHYS 0111
- 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