B.S. in Nutritional Sciences — Basic Sciences Option
The Basic Sciences option prepares students for health-related pre-professional programs and laboratory-based research. Students graduating with a degree in this option typically pursue careers in laboratory research in the pharmaceutical or food industry, government, or academia and will meet the requirements to apply for health-related pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, physician’s assistant, occupational therapy, pharmacology, and others.
The Basic Sciences option emphasizes laboratory research and incorporates knowledge from chemistry, physiology, and physics.
Requirements for the Option
To fulfill the degree requirements in the Nutritional Sciences Basic Sciences option, students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. These hours must comprise courses that are part of the University General Education Requirements and the Basic Sciences option requirements.
Documents and Forms
The department has created documents to help students create a schedule of courses that will enable them to meet the course requirements set by the University and the Department of Nutritional Sciences.
- Basic Sciences degree program check sheet
- Recommended four-year academic plan for all Penn State campuses
- Description of all courses offered by the Department of Nutritional Sciences
- Semesters Nutritional Sciences courses are offered
- Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin "Blue Book"
Basic Sciences Students Seeking Careers in Other Health-Related Professions
For students seeking information on applying to health professions graduate programs:
Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD)
Students who are interested in the option of pursuing a career as a registered dietitian (RD) may opt to take additional courses to meet the ACEND Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements. Upon completion of these courses, students are eligible to apply for a dietetic internship. See your undergraduate advisor to learn how to complete the DPD coursework.
Prospective and change-of-assignment students can learn more about the option by contacting one of the department's undergraduate advisers.