BSHES in Nutritional Sciences with Emphasis in Nutritional Sciences

Degree Program Description

Nutritional Sciences is the study of the utilization of nutrients and other dietary components by humans for growth maintenance and reproduction, in both normal and disease states. The field of nutritional sciences requires a strong background in biology, chemistry, physiology and biochemistry to allow understanding of the mechanisms through which dietary factors are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized and used by tissues and cells. Students majoring in Nutritional Sciences will be well prepared for health-related careers such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry, as well as for graduate study in nutritional sciences. The Nutritional Sciences Program offers significant opportunities for undergraduate research.

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Major Program Requirements

To transfer into the nutritional sciences program after their first semester on campus, students are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.65 and be enrolled in at least one required biology, chemistry, physics, or biochemistry course or one required NEP course.

Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, in addition to the degree requirements below.

Science Foundation
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2110
CHEM 2130
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Laboratory I
College Physics I
and College Physics II
or PHYSCS 2750
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Math and Statistics
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
ESC_PS 4170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
Core Curriculum
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
NEP 2450Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
NEP 4340Human Nutrition II Lecture3
NEP 4360Nutritional Assessment3
NEP 4950Capstone: Research in Nutritional Sciences2
NEP 4951Nutrition Research Communication1
BIOCHM 4270Biochemistry3
BIOCHM 4272Biochemistry3
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
BIO_SC 2300Introduction to Cell Biology4
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
or BIO_SC 3700 Animal Physiology
Choose a minimum of 10 hours from selected courses in biochemistry, chemistry, food science, medical pharmacology and physiology, nutritional sciences or molecular microbiology and immunology5
Electives to equal 120 credit minimum
Additional courses may be required to meet college requirements or career objectives. On-campus research internships are available and highly recommended.7

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. 

First Year
GN_HES 11001BIO_SC 15005
CHEM 13204CHEM 13304
ENGLSH 10003Professional Elective3-5
Hist or Pol Sc3Social/Behavioral Science (PSYCH 1000)3
MATH 1400 or 15003-5 
 14-16 15-17
Second Year
BIO_SC 22004BIO_SC 23004
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
HES Foundation Course (WI)3CHEM 21302
Humanities (recommend PHIL 2440 Medical Ethics)3NEP 23403
Elective3Social/Behavioral Science3
 16 15
Third Year
BIOCHM 42703BIOCHM 42723
MPP 3202 or BIO_SC 37005ESC_PS 41703
NEP 43603PHYSCS 12204
PHYSCS 12104NEP 24503
 15 16
Fourth Year
NEP 43403COMMUN 12003
NEP 49502NEP 49511
Elective1HES Foundation Course3
Professional Electives2Professional Electives3
 12 13
Total Credits: 116-120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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