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Human Nutrition

(including nutrition and kinesiology, nutritional sciences, and nutrition and health)

The Department of Human Nutrition has three undergraduate nutrition curricula to provide graduates with a wide range of career opportunities. They are described below:

Nutrition and Health 

This curriculum emphasizes health promotion as well as human nutrition. Graduates of this program work in a variety of settings to promote diet and health among the general public. This curriculum is an excellent preparatory degree for nursing or physician assistant schools (students are advised to check requirements for their specific nursing or physician assistant schools of interest). The curriculum is also offered as an online degree completion program.

Nutrition and Kinesiology

Nutrition and Kinesiology is a dual-degree program that allows you to receive two degrees upon graduation - a B.S. in Human Nutrition and a B.S. in Kinesiology. The 129-132 credit program will take four to five years to complete, depending on course load per semester, and summer school enrollment. This curriculum is particularly suited for those who wish to promote health/fitness in gyms, fitness centers, industries and corporations, and wellness centers. Students may also elect to supplement their academic training with national certification in a specific area (e.g. personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, fitness specialist).

Nutritional Sciences

(pre-medical, pre-dental, and medically-related fields)

This scientifically rigorous curriculum emphasizes biology and chemistry to help students understand the function and metabolism of nutrients. It prepares students for medical school and other health professional schools, or advanced study in nutrition or science.

Related career titles

Biological Technicians
College/university faculty
Dietitians and Nutritionists*
Fitness Trainers and Instructors
Health Educators
Medical Scientists
Occupational Therapists*
Physical Therapists*
Physician Assistants*
Physicians and Surgeons*
Recreation Workers
Registered Nurses*

*Additional training needed for these occupations

Resources available in ACIC*

Careers for Health Nuts and Others Who Like to Stay Fit
Careers in Recreation
Exploring Health Careers, Vol. I

Opportunities in Nutrition Careers
The Everything Guide to Careers in Health Care
Top 100 Health Careers

*Books are available for checkout.

Related human nutrition links

K-State Department of Human Nutrition

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

American College of Sports Medicine

USDA Nutrition

Choose My Plate

American Society for Nutrition