Online Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition

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Program at a Glance

  • Study various topics, concepts, values, research methods, and applications in nutrition.
  • Choose a concentration in holistic nutrition, which is approved through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).
  • Gain valuable on-the-job experience through an optional internship.
  • Prepare for specific industry-relevant certification exams.
  • Shorten your path to a master’s degree with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
4 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
180
(120 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$371

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Overview

There is a growing emphasis on the role of nutrition in helping people lead healthier lives. The bachelor’s degree in nutrition is designed to prepare you to enter a rewarding field in which the health and lives of others may be significantly improved through your knowledge and skills.

This degree program is designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills related to the fields of nutrition and health care. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the principles and pharmacology of nutrition and how dietary choices contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Acquire an understanding of digestion, absorption, and metabolism of foods and nutritional needs at various stages of life.
  • Develop the administrative, ethical, and professional skills for leadership positions throughout the health care field.

Concentration

In addition to the required core and major courses, you can further specialize your degree by choosing a concentration in holistic nutrition.

Comprehensive Capstone

The program culminates with an original capstone project that demonstrates your ability to apply your nutrition knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios.

Approved Through NANP

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, holistic nutrition concentration is an approved holistic nutrition education program through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).

Student Success

“Purdue Global has a unique approach to learning, and the professors inspired me to continue learning beyond the classroom. Help is always available, and the seminar set up encourages interactions that make class fun and easy to love.”

Kimberly Tirado*
BS in Nutrition

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in health care administration, health informatics, health information management, public health, or health education while you earn your online nutrition degree. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Prepare for Certification

Upon completion of the nutrition degree program, you may be eligible to pursue the following certifications and credentials:

  • Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition
  • Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN)
  • Certified Dietary Manager (CDM)

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

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  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in the BS in Nutrition focus on building content knowledge and skills in the broad areas of nutrition science and health care.

An internship option, available as an elective, allows you to develop professional skills and add valuable experience for your resume.

The optional concentration allows you to focus your elective choices on holistic nutrition to best fit your desired career path.

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Sample Courses
  • Food Safety
  • Nutritional Analysis and Assessment
  • Nutrition Planning and Management
  • Nutrition for Special Populations
  • Nutritional Counseling

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    45
  • Major Credits
    71
  • Elective Credits
    64
  • Total Credits
    180

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition can prepare you to advance your career in holistic health care, health science, nutrition, and other health care- and health science-related industries. You could pursue nutrition-related careers in settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, athletic clubs, wellness centers, public health programs, the food industry, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Monitoring
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Speaking
  4. Active Listening
  5. Critical Thinking

Top Jobs With this Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
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Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Testimonial: This testimonial was obtained by Purdue University Global. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual; student experiences may vary.

Certification Exams: Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields. The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition is designed to prepare graduates academically to pursue a variety of nutrition-oriented careers and advanced education. However, the program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and does not qualify an individual to sit for the examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). In addition, some states will not permit individuals to become licensed in nutrition and/or dietetics if they do not possess the RD credential. Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification. Refer to Licensure and State Authorization for additional information on licensure and state authorizations.