Nutrition and Health Sciences

Nutrition undergraduate option

Get nerdy about the physical, biological and chemical elements of food

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What is nutrition and health sciences?

If questions like “Does broccoli lower cancer risk?" or “How does food affect health?” fascinate you, choose the nutrition and health sciences option at Oregon State.  

This option can prepare you for a career in medicine and the allied health sciences.  

Or you can pursue a route that could lead to a career in academia, the food industry or health-related research.

Choose between two tracks within the nutrition and health sciences option:  

  • Nutrition science track
  • Physician assistant/pre-med track

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Study the scientific basis of nutrition for a career in medicine and the health sciences — or in nutrition science research — with a focus on health promotion and prevention of chronic disease.

What will you do with the nutrition and health sciences degree option?

Get your hands dirty in the lab of a sports nutrition company. Help someone manage chronic disease.

With an education in nutrition science, you’ll have many career options due to the growth and aging of our population, a focus on obesity prevention, management of chronic diseases and a growing emphasis on health, nutrition and wellness.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dietitian and nutritionist jobs are projected to grow at a rate of 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Start with the nutrition and health sciences option and become:

*These roles may require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify.


  • Community nutritionist
  • Food policy analyst
  • Food scientist*
  • Instructor*
  • Nutrition writer
  • Nurse*
  • Physician assistant*
  • Physician*
  • Research scientist*
  • Worksite wellness coordinator

“Nutrition and health sciences is about learning how to interpret evidence and research. Now, I’m more critical about the nutrition advice I receive.  

“I think that is the point of education — to learn how to become a critical thinker.”

Clara Honsinger
Elite Cyclocross Athlete, Nutrition Major
photo: Patrick Means

Explore other nutrition major options

Each option within the nutrition major aligns with various careers in food and nutrition.