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Explore Health and Human Development
Student working in greenhouses at University Park.

Surely, you’ve heard the expression “you are what you eat” — but have you ever taken time to understand how important our food choices really are?

Solidly rooted in the "hard sciences" of chemistry, biology, physiology, psychology, neuroscience, behavior, and development, the Nutritional Sciences (NUTR) undergraduate program at Penn State examines how food fuels living beings and how nutrition choices affect every facet of health over time.


B.S. in Nutritional Sciences

This highly specialized program provides unique learning and research opportunities that help shape critical thinkers, well-rounded lifelong learners, and future leaders in Nutritional Science. You’ll accumulate foundational knowledge and skills needed to pursue either an advanced degree or a career in research, pre-professional, industry, food systems management, or a community setting. As a Nutritional Sciences major, you may choose an Applied Sciences, Basic Sciences, or Dietetics option, with access to additional subject areas of emphasis to meet your individual interests and career goals.


Nutritional Sciences Minor