The Division of Nutritional Sciences offers three majors leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Depending on the major, you may earn the degree through either the College of Human Ecology or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

In addition, a biological sciences major with concentration in human nutrition for is offered to biological science majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Minors

Even if you are not pursuing any of the majors offered by the Division of Nutritional Sciences, you may still minor in Nutrition and Health or Global Health. A minor track in Applied Exercise Science also is available to DNS majors.

Dietetics

For undergraduates interested in pursuing dietetics, Cornell University offers a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Until 2023, completing this program, as well as supervised practice—typically through the Dietetic Internship (DI)—will allow you to take the Registered Dietitian exam, which is the most widely held credential of nutrition practitioners. Beginning in 2024, you will need to complete a master’s degree, as well as supervised practice, as a prerequisite for taking the RD exam.

The DPD is a program, not a major, and as such you may complete DPD coursework with any major. DPD coursework fits best, however, with majors in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.

What would I do with a DNS degree?

About 40-50% of Human Biology, Health and Society (HBHS) major and 10-20% of Nutritional Sciences (NS) major graduates plan to attend medical school and other health profession schools including dental, nursing, and physical therapy.  About 30% of NS graduates plan to complete dietetic internships.  About 10-20% of seniors intend to go to graduate programs in many different fields and others enter the job market in areas as diverse as banking and the Peace Corps.

Course Offerings

Courses offered by NS can be found either via the current Cornell online Courses of Study (ACALOG) or via the Cornell University Registrar's current Class Roster. For major requirements, students should either visit the College of Human Ecology Registrar's requirements page or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Registrar's requirements page.

Practicing Medicine or Study Abroad

The Practicing Medicine program in New York City or a semester abroad, (CHE exchange program or CU's semester abroad), offers learning experiences that may be career-related or simply career-broadening. The college and university offices will help you find and arrange these experiences.

Students who have taken advantage of these special programs return to campus with new understandings about themselves and their career goals, as well as the cultural, economic or political forces that affect people’s lives.

Our students have studied abroad in many countries, including Italy, Australia, England, Israel, Spain, and Denmark.

The Practicing Medicine program will expose you to a range of multicultural issues in New York City. You also may deepen your learning through experiences in geriatric long-term care facilities, surgical intensive care units, pediatric medical practice and community nutrition programs.

If you are interested in the Practicing Medicine programCHE exchange program or CU's semester abroad, speak with your advisor. You must plan your course schedule well in advance —generally no later than the fall or your sophomore year —to complete by graduation the courses required by your college, major and career interests.

Additional Information

More information about all of the above topics can also be found in the DNS Survival Guide. This guide is a great source of information for all DNS students.