BSHES in Nutritional Sciences

Degree Program Description

Nutritional Sciences focuses on the utilization of nutrients and other dietary components by humans for growth maintenance, and reproduction, in both normal and disease states. Upon becoming a Nutritional Science major, students have three emphasis to choose from. 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.  The Nutritional Sciences Program offers significant opportunities for undergraduate research. Students majoring in Nutritional Sciences will be well prepared for health-related careers such as medicine and nursing, as well as for graduate study in nutritional sciences.

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Major Program Requirements

The BSHES in Nutritional Sciences is offered with three emphasis options:  Nutrition and Fitness, Nutrition and Foods, and Nutritional Sciences.  All degree requirements are listed at the emphasis level.

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Semester Plan

Refer to the Semester Plans in the emphasis areas.

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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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