Nutrition Science

Nutrition Science is the study of how nutrients and food components influence growth, metabolism, health, and disease and also includes human behavior as it relates to food choices. Nutrition Science is a multi-faceted and cross-disciplinary field, encompassing chemistry, biology, physiology, and public health. Nutrition scientists work to develop, extend, and apply all aspects of nutrition through research to improve clinical practice and public health.

What can I expect to learn in the Nutrition Science program at GW?

Our core courses in Nutrition Science are engaging, innovative, and thought-provoking. You will study nutrition, physiology, psychology, and public health as well the role of nutrition in chronic diseases and changes in nutritional needs across the lifestyle. In addition, you will learn about design and conduct of research in nutrition science and how to critically evaluate and communicate findings of nutrition research studies. 

What is the Nutrition Science community like at GW?

We are a cohesive group of like-minded individuals! Our core classes are all in one main building and we enjoy a small faculty to student ratio, which facilitates hands-on attention and provides many opportunities for nutrition science students to become involved in research and practice with their faculty members. 

What can I do in the Nutrition Science field?

Students completing an undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science are employed in a variety of settings, including government agencies, research institutions, nonprofits, and the food and pharmaceutical industries. Many students also pursue advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, nutrition science, dietetics, and/or public health.