Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Pedestrians shop for fresh strawberries and other produce while walking around the Dane County Farmers’ Market that circles the Wisconsin State Capitol in downtown Madison, Wis. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Advisor: Start with Erika Anna, who will provide a faculty advisor assignment. 608-262-1692 or email: Departmental Office: 266 Nutritional Sciences Building (608-262-2727),

Field of Study: A Bachelor of Science degree with the Nutritional Science major focuses on how we utilize food for growth and metabolism in both normal and disease states. This major in nutritional sciences will help you develop a strong background in biology, chemistry, physiology and biochemistry to allow you to understand the mechanisms through which dietary factors act and are metabolized. The program offers study in zoology, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, physics, and mathematics along with classes in Nutritional Sciences.

Possible Careers: Students majoring in Nutritional Sciences are well prepared for going on to medical school, health-related careers in nursing and nutrition, and graduate study in Nutritional Sciences. In addition, the interdisciplinary nature of nutritional sciences will prepare you well for graduate studies in other areas of the life sciences. A B.S. in Nutritional Sciences also prepares you for work in research laboratories, clinics, or the food and nutrition industry. This degree also includes many prerequisites needed to apply for additional education in health and medicine.

Special Opportunities & Additional Information

Selected Required Courses B.S. in Natural Sciences
  • Intro Biology: Biology 151-152; or Botany 130 and Zoology 101-102; or Biocore 381, 382, 383, 384
  • Major Biology: Microbio 101-102, or Microbio 303-304, and Physiol 335 and Genetics 466; or Biocore 485, 486, 587
  • Math and Statistics: One course from: Math 210, 211, 221, 222 or Stats 224, 301, 371, 541, 571
  • General Chemistry: Chem 103, 104; or Chem 109
  • Organic Chemistry: Chem 343, 344, and 345
  • Inorganic or Analytical Chemistry: Chem 311 or 327 or 329
  • PhysicsPhysics 103-104; or Physics 201-202; or Physics 207-208