Nutrition Science (B.A.)

Nutrition Science Major

School of Science, Engineering and Health

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


Love science? Thinking about medical school or pursuing a graduate degree in another healthcare field?

If you’re interested in the relationship between nutrition and human health and aspire to further your education in a healthcare field beyond your first four years of college, then you might want to consider a degree in nutrition science.

As a student pursuing this major at Messiah, you’ll get a chance to design and carry out research projects with a team of other students who have similar interests.  And, you’ll take courses in a wide range of subjects that will tap into your love of science, including general, organic, and biochemistry; anatomy and physiology; statistics; basic food science; and nutrition. This new program is specifically designed to help you be a successful candidate for either graduate or medical school. 

So, if you are a strong science student who is thinking about being a physician’s assistant or pursuing a healthcare career in a field such as medicine, nutrition, public health, dentistry, or occupational therapy, then Messiah’s nutrition science major is one that will help you fulfill your career goal.

As a nutrition science major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

  • Learn how to apply science principles, communication techniques, and management strategies to improve the health and lives of others.
  • Take courses such as Human Anatomy and Physiology; Nutrition Theory; and Advanced Food Science and Technology.
  • Work alongside faculty while researching a nutrition-based topic of special interest to you.

Major requirements:

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Nutrition science

Students in this major at Messiah have two academic advisors, our Coordinator of Pre-health Professions Advising and a Nutrition advisor, to ensure the right courses and electives are taken to achieve the student’s career goals.

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Faculty have mentored on a wide variety of student research including the availability of vegetables in urban environments, relationships between school grade and body mass index, blood glucose response to various foods, assessment of body weight and composition, effect of dehydration and rehydration on physical performance, iron status in college women, and nutritional status of children in refugee camps.
From 2009 - 2013, 78% of seniors applying to dietetics internships were successful. The national internship acceptance rate is about 50%.
The Jordan Science Center contains a state-of-the-art nutrition and dietetics lab suite. One-half of this facility provides lab kitchens featuring a variety of food preparation equipment as well as a cooking demonstration station and taste testing booths. The other half provides space for nutrition-related physiology and chemistry labs such as body composition assessment and blood glucose and cholesterol measurements, as well as space for students working on individual or group projects.
Faculty are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).