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.
  • The program 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.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 180
COST PER CREDIT $371
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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.

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)

Approved Through NANP

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

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
  • Food industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry

Some career titles associated with this degree include:

  • Nutrition counselor
  • Food manager/food production manager
  • Food services director/manager
  • Nutrition educator
  • Health coach
  • Nutrition/food writer
  • Catering/restaurant kitchen manager
  • Sports nutrition specialist

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.

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.

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

Sample Courses
  • Food Safety and Microbiology
  • Nutritional Analysis and Assessment
  • Nutrition Planning and Management
  • Nutrition for Special Populations
  • Nutritional Counseling
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits60
  • Elective Credits87
  • Total Credits180

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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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*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 the University Catalog for additional information.