Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

A Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition provides students with foundational knowledge of how diet and physical activity play a role in preventing and treating chronic disease and improving overall health and wellness. Many students use their degree to prepare for further advanced study in health-related fields, such as nursing, dentistry, medicine, nutrition research, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy or public health.

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Credit Hours


Semesters of Research


Faculty Members

Experiential Learning

Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects, gain real-world experience with clinical job shadowing and collaborate with fellow students. A unique aspect of this program is the opportunity to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and expand your health education.

Coursework and Timeline

Exploratory Courses

DHN 101: Human Nutrition and Wellness

DHN 212 Introductory Nutrition (section for non-majors)

Future Opportunities

Advanced Education

Many students advance their education in the field with a Master's of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems from our department. This MS program is designed to educate graduate students on how food systems impact diet and wellness and to further their clinical nutrition knowledge. We offer three options for pursuing your degree including a traditional MS program, the University Scholars Program, and a fully online option. Review the Graduate Degrees page for more information.

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Pre-Professional Advising

The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offers specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.) after graduation. In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities and job shadowing positions. Learn more about pre-professional advising.

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Review the complete timeline and the courses you will need to complete your degree


Explore Courses

Review descriptions of the courses you will take to earn your degree in Human Nutrition


Connect With Us

Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

204 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506


Aaron Schwartz

Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Senior Academic Advisor

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Contact Information

Dr. Tammy J. Stephenson, PhD, FAND
Department Chair & Professor

202 Funkhouser Building Lexington, KY 40506-0054

+1 (859) 257-3800