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Nutritional Science

Program Overview

Nutritional Science is the study of the effects of food components on the metabolism, health, performance and disease resistance in human, animal and cell systems. It also includes the study of human behaviors related to food choices.

Program Summary

Program Credits: 60.0 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: NDFS 100


To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.

Nutritional Science Major Snippets

Beyond The Classroom

Engaging in internships, mentored research, associations and clubs related to your program is an important step in linking your education with the real world. These experiences enhance your education and prepare you for both further schooling and your future career.

Occupations and Employers

Possible Occupations

With a Bachelors

  • Nutritionist
  • Major research centers
  • Biotechnology industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Community Nutrition Programs
  • Non-profit/non-governmental organizations
  • Fitness industry
  • Food security advocacy
  • Health advocacy
  • Food industry

With a Masters

  • Research Associate
  • Pharmaceutical/Nutraceutical Research
  • Domestic and Community Nutrition Programs
  • Food Industry
  • College Teaching

With a Doctorate

  • University Teaching and Research
  • Administrative Positions in Domestic and International Community
  • Nutrition Programs, Agencies, or other Non-for-Profit Organizations
  • Nutrition Surveillance
  • Pharmaceutical/Nutraceutical Research
  • Food Industry

Potential Employers

  • Balchem Corporation
  • doTerra
  • Global Health Industries
  • Melaleuca, Inc.
  • Community health agencies
  • Congregate nutrition programs
  • Home-delivered meals programs (e.g. Meals-on-Wheels)
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Public health departments
  • Federal Government Agencies:

    • National Institutes of Health
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • US Department of Agriculture
    • Non-governmental organizations
    • Exercise and fitness centers
    • Health and recreation clubs
    • Universities or community colleges

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Lisa Buzan

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Lisa grew up in Michigan and is proud to be from the state that gave us Motown music, Ford motor cars, Greenfield Village, Mackinac Island, and Kellogg’s corn flakes.

After coming to BYU, where she received a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships, she moved on and spent time living in California’s San Fernando Valley as well as Las Vegas before returning to BYU as an academic advisor.

Lisa once went skydiving and would do it again in a heartbeat! She also enjoys movies, plays, museums, historical sites, genealogy, and “cat naps” with her cat, Goodwin.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Lisa, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.