What will I learn?

Food fuels the body. If we don’t eat well, our health can suffer in big ways. When you study nutritional science, you dig into the science of food and its effects on the body. You become prepared to live a healthier life and help educate others on how and why good nutrition is important to their health and overall wellness.

In this program, you will learn not only the chemistry, biology and physiology behind human nutrition, but also the psychological and sociological reasons that cause people to eat the way they do. Classes explore topics such as nutritional biochemistry, global nutrition, the human micro biome and its relation to nutrition, nutrition through the lifespan and community nutrition.

With a nutritional science degree, you could work as a nutrition researcher, instructor, educator or community health worker. This major can also prepare you for medical school, dental school or other advanced health care degrees.

Degree Fit

This program could be a good fit if you:

Are interested in health and nutrition

Are strong in chemistry and biology

Enjoy working with people

Are interested in science and research

Career Outcomes

With this degree, you could become a/an:

Fitness and wellness coordinator

Nutrition researcher

Extension educator

Medical scientist

Community health worker

Postsecondary nutrition instructor

Emergency medical technician or paramedic

Sales representative (wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products)

Postsecondary nutrition instructor








Physician assistant


Occupational therapist

Physical therapist


Nurse practitioner


Medical and clinical laboratory technician

Dental hygienist

Occupational therapy assistant

Physical therapist assistant

Physical therapist aide

Dental assistant


Dental laboratory technician

Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,840.00 per year
Start date

22 August 2022


University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive,



83844, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A 2.5 on a 4.0 Grade Point Average scale is required from your secondary school. You must meet criteria for admission to university-level study in your home country.

For international students

Students must have 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA scale is required from secondary school. They must meet criteria for admission to university level study in home country. They should also satisfy the following English language requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 525 on the paper test or 70 on the Internet-based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic score of 48
  • ELS Language Centers, pass of Level 112
  • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English), pass
  • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), pass
  • Cambridge International "O" Levels, pass
  • English proficiency demonstration is waived for any applicant who has a previous degree at an accredited U.S. institution

Priority Application Dates – Fall: May 1; Spring: October 1; Summer: March 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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