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.

More information about DNS majors can also be found in the DNS Roadmap. This guide is a great source of advising information for all DNS students. 

Contact for questions about our Undergraduate Program.

Advising is available to DNS undergraduates at the Division, College, and University level. Faculty advisors, the DNS Office of Student Services, and College and University advising offices work closely together to be sure that students’ academic and major advising needs are met. If you are not able to meet with your DNS Advisor, you may make an appointment with the DNS Office of Student Services or visit our weekly drop-in hours.

Understanding and using available advising resources is an important component of success during and beyond an undergraduate career. For detailed advising information, visit our page of academic and career advising resources for DNS undergraduates.

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 (ONLY). Contact for information.

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 R.D. 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.

For more information, contact the DPD at

"Dietetics students are encouraged to explore dietetics through summer internships and field experiences. Such experiences can highlight the wide range of opportunities in dietetics, including research, sports, public health, management and clinical Registered Dietitian roles. The Dietetics programs at Cornell, including the DPD and graduate Dietetic Internship with Ph.D. and M.S. options, prepare graduates to be leaders in the field." 
– Emily Gier, Dietetics Program Leader & DI Director

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.

Courses offered by the Division of Nutritional Sciences include:

  • Global Perspectives on Human and Health
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Food Quality
  • Human Health and Nutrition
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Psychological and Social Influences on Human Nutrition

The Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell does not offer degrees online, but we do offer courses online, via Cornell University’s Continuing Education Program (summer or winter sessions).

Courses are available at the Expanding Nutrition Frontiers web site, however, these courses are geared towards allowing professionals already working in the field to earn Professional Continuing Education Units (CPEUs); students cannot get Cornell credit for them. CPEUs are required of professionals working in the field in order to maintain their registration status as a Registered Dietitian.

For additional online course resources, you could also check the following:

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.

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.

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DNS Student Services Advising Hours
DNS Student Services staff are available for advising appointments on weekdays. 
Schedule here.
Drop-in hours with DNS Student Services Staff in Fall 2022:

  • Tuesdays when Fall 2022 classes are in session- 3:00pm to 4:00pm via Zoom (only)

Note: These are individual drop-in meetings; you will be put in a Zoom waiting room and invited in ASAP in the order you arrived for the duration of the session, but wait times may be long during certain times of the semester.

Cornell has really changed my perception from feeling like careers are just pre-existing slots to thinking that you graduate with the toolkit to forge your own path.

Emily McGrath
CALS NS Class of 2022

Emily's journey at Cornell has brought her to find an internship with NASA. Read more about Emily's exciting next steps in Spotlight On Our Students.