Nutritional Sciences (NS) is a broad, problem-solving field that draws upon biology, chemistry, and the social sciences. The NS major provides students with a strong foundation in the broad field of nutritional sciences as well as thorough training in chemistry and biology.

Nutritional Sciences draws upon biology, chemistry and the social sciences to answer such questions as:

  • How do dietary patterns influence the health and well-being of individuals, communities and populations?
  • What are the biological mechanisms through which nutrients affect metabolism?
  • What are recommended dietary patterns for people of different activity levels and medical conditions?
  • How can people be encouraged to adopt and maintain healthy eating patterns?
  • What are the roles of government and business in providing accessible, healthy food supplies and in promoting healthy eating practices?

After completing undergraduate requirements, most students continue their studies in graduate school, dietetic internships or medical school.

If you’re enrolled in the College of Human Ecology, you will draw on your preparation in chemistry, biology and math to prepare for a career in many nutrition-related fields, including medicine and other health careers, research, fitness and sports nutrition, nutrition counseling, clinical nutrition, dietetics, nutritional biochemistry, community nutrition and nutrition education.

If you’re in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, your work in nutrition will be combined with coursework in food systems, agriculture and the life sciences. You likely will supplement the core nutrition curriculum with courses in such areas as food policy, food science, animal and plant sciences, business and economics, and environmental sciences to prepare for a career in a nutrition-related field.

During your first two years of undergraduate studies, you will explore the general field of Nutritional Studies, while completing a core curriculum of foundational courses in chemistry, biology and the social sciences.

You also may have opportunities to do undergraduate research and further your learning through field experience. 

Other opportunities exist for broadening your learning experience and putting classroom learning into practice. You might, for example, participate in the Practicing Medicine program or Off-Campus Opportunity.

The foundational curriculum includes introductory chemistry and biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and math, as well as introductory courses in the social sciences. Specific college-level requirements (e.g., social sciences and humanities classes) will depend on whether a student is completing an NS through CHE or CALS. in all cases, it is very important to plan and sequence chemistry and biology course appropriately and as early as possible.

You also will complete five core courses in nutritional sciences:

  • NS 1150: Nutrition, Health and Society
  • NS 2450: Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition
  • NS 3450: Introduction to Physicochemical and Biological Aspects of Foods
  • NS 3310: Nutrient Metabolism
  • NS 3320: Methods in Nutritional Sciences

In addition, you will take at least three advanced level courses in nutritional sciences and courses to meet the general education requirements for your college. You may choose from a broad range of advanced courses including:

  • NS 3060: Nutrition and Global Health
  • NS 3150: Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight
  • NS 3220: Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • NS 4250: Nutrition Communications and Counseling
  • NS 4410: Nutrition and Disease
  • NS 4450: Toward a Sustainable Global Food System: Food Policy for Developing Countries
  • NS 4500: Public Health Nutrition
  • NS 4570: Health, Poverty, and Inequality: A Global Perspective

The NS major provides an excellent foundation for several different career paths, including:

  • Medicine and other health careers such as physical therapist, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical pharmacy
  • Dietetics including nutrition counseling, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and management of food and nutrition services in business and the health industry (see also the Didactic Program in Dietetics - DPD)
  • Fitness and Wellness including corporate wellness, sports nutrition, exercise science, and athletic training (also see Applied Exercise Science minor)
  • Nutrition Communications including nutrition education and outreach programs for businesses, governments, and community organizations
  • International Nutrition & Global Health including programs concerned with hunger, health, and food supply issues in non-industrialized countries (also see the Global Health minor)
  • Research including careers that use biochemical, physiological, genomic, clinical, and social science methods to understand how food, diet, and health are related (also see Undergraduate Research and the DNS Honors Program)

Following graduation from Cornell, most NS majors pursue their career interests through programs of advanced study such as graduate school, dietetic internships, and medical school.

Expect your career interests to develop and possibly change while you are at Cornell. The first two years of curriculum allow you to explore the field of nutrition while you complete foundational courses in chemistry, biology, and the social sciences. The first-year course, NS 1150 Nutrition, Health and Society, introduces students to some important health issues and helps students develop their critical thinking and writing skills. In a 1-credit course, NS 1200 Nutrition and Health: Issues, Outlooks and Opportunities (spring term), students can meet experts working in different fields and learn about critical issues and trends in these fields as well as the requisite knowledge and skills to work in these areas. Take advantage of the different speakers and seminars offered throughout the year to learn about various career options, and discuss your career  interests with your faculty advisor and with college counselors specializing in career planning. If you want to explore other majors, minor fields, or pre-professional paths, your advisor will suggest some people to contact.

  • The requirements listed below pertain to all students matriculating in August 2019 and January 2020. See also the College of Human Ecology Curriculum Sheets
  • All of the following sections are required to be completed to graduate. Courses in areas 1-14 must be taken for a Letter Grade.
Table: Credit requirements for the NS major
Total: 120 credits Human Ecology: Human Ecology, outside the major
120 credits 43 credits 9 credits (from DEA, FSAD, HD, PAM any level, or HE at the 3000/4000 level)

 

  1. Introductory Chemistry (8 credits):
    CHEM 2070 and CHEM 2080 General Chemistry I and II
  2. Introductory Biology (8 credits):
    Choose one of the following labs:

    BIOG 1500 Investigative Lab (Fall/Spring, 2 cr) OR  
    BIOSM 1500 Investigative Marine Biology Lab (Summer, 3 cr)

    AND choose two out of the three lecture options

    BIOMG 1350 Cell and Developmental Biology (Fall/Spring, 3 cr)  
    BIOG 1440 Comparative Physiology (Fall/Spring, 3 cr) OR **  
    BIOG 1445 Comparative Physiology (autotutorial) (Fall/Spring, 4cr)  
    BIOEE 1610 Ecology and the Environment (Fall/Spring, 3 cr) OR **  
    BIOEE 1780 Evolution and Diversity (Fall/Spring, 3 cr)

    ** Cannot take both to fulfill this requirement.

  3. Organic Chemistry Lecture (3-8 credits): **
    Choose one of the following:

    CHEM 1570 Elementary Organic Chemistry (Spring only, 3 cr, not for pre-health) OR  
    CHEM 3530 Principles of Organic Chemistry (Fall only, 4 cr, not for pre-health) OR  
    CHEM 3570-3580 Introductory Organic Chemistry (Fall and Spring, 3 cr, must take both,   CHEM 3570 alone will not fulfill the requirement) OR  
    CHEM 3590-3600 Organic Chemistry (Fall and Spring, 4 cr, must take both, CHEM 3590 alone will not fulfill the requirement)

    ** Students interested in pre-health tracks should take a two-course sequence of organic chemistry lectures in addition to an organic chemistry lab.

  4. Organic Chemistry Lab (2-4 credits) 

    CHEM 2510 Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry (Fall/Spring/Summer, 2 cr) OR  
    CHEM 3010 Honors Experimental Chemistry (Spring, 4 cr)

  5. Physiology (3-4 credits)
    Choose one of the following: **  
    NS NS 3410 Human Anatomy and Physiology (Spring, 4 cr) OR  
    BIOAP 3110 Animal Physiology (Fall, 3 cr)

    ** Pre-health students should also consider taking NS 3420 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (Spring, 2 cr)

  6. Biochemistry (4-6 credits)
    Choose one of the following:

    NS 3200 Introduction to Human Biochemistry (Fall, 4 cr) OR  
    BIOMG 3300 Principles of Biochemistry (Fall/Spring, 4 cr) OR  
    BIOMG 3310 Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism (Fall, 3 cr) AND BIOMG 3320 Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology (Spring, 2 cr) OR  
    BIOMG 3310 Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism (Fall, 3 cr) AND BIOMI 2900 General Microbiology (Fall/Spring, 3 cr) OR  
    BIOG 3330 Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology (Summer, 4 cr) OR  
    BIOMG 3350 Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology (Spring, 4 cr)

  7. Nutritional Sciences Core Courses (16 credits)

    NS 1150 Nutrition, Health and Society (Fall, online in Spring/Summer, 3 cr)  
    NS 2450 Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (Fall, 3 cr)  
    NS 3450 Introduction to Physiochemical and Biological Aspects of Food (Fall, 3 cr)  
    NS 3310 Nutrient Metabolism (Spring, 4 cr)  
    NS 3320 Methods in Nutritional Sciences (Fall, 3 cr)

  8. Advanced Elective in Nutrition (9 credits)
    At least 9 credits of NS course at the 3000 level or above (see below for NS courses at the 3000/4000 level organized by area of interest). Note: May include NS 3410 ONLY if BIOAP 3110 is used to fulfill the physiology requirement. Also NOTE: May include no more that a TOTAL of 3 credits from NS 4000 Directed Readings, NS 4010 Empirical Research , 4020 Supervised Fieldwork, and NS 4990 Honors Research. May NOT include NS 3200, NS 3980, NS 4620, or NS 4030 Teaching Apprenticeship.
    • Economic Influences on Human Nutrition
       • NS 3060 Nutrition and Global Health (odd Fall, 3 cr)
       • NS 4450 / AEM 4450 Toward a Sustainable Global Food System: Food Policy for      Developing Countries (Fall, 3 cr)
       • NS 4480 Economics of Food and Malnutrition (Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS 4570 Health, Poverty, and Inequality: A Global Perspective (even Fall, 3 cr)
    • Nutrition and Public Health
       • NS 3600 Epidemiology (Fall, 3 cr)
       • NS 4500 Public Health Nutrition (Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS 4600 Explorations in Global Health (Fall, 3 cr)
    • Food Quality and Food Service Management
       • NS 4880 Applied Dietetics in Foodservice Systems (Spring, 4 cr)
    • Human Health and Nutrition
       • NS 3030 Nutrition, Health and Vegetarian Diets (Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS / PSYCH 3150 Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight (even Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS 3420 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (Spring, 2 cr)
       • NS 4200 Diet and the Microbiome (Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS 4410 Nutrition and Disease (Fall, 4 cr )
       • NS 4420 Implementation of Nutrition Care (Fall, 3 cr; enrollment restricted – priority to Dietetics students)
       • NS 6140 Topics in Maternal and Child Nutrition (Fall, 3 cr)
    • Nutritional Biochemistry
       • NS 6310 Micronutrients: Function, Homeostasis and Assessment (Fall, 2-4 cr)
       • NS 6320 Regulation of Macronutrient Metabolism (Spring, 4 cr)
    • Psychological and Social Influences on Human Nutrition
       • NS 4250 Nutrition Communications and Counseling (Spring, 3 cr)

  9. First Year Writing Seminars (6 credits)
    NOTE: the 2 required first year writing seminar courses MUST be completed during the first two semesters at Cornell.

  10. Social Sciences (6 credits)
    Choose ONE course in any TWO of the following four areas:
    • Anthropology
       • ANTHR 1400 The Comparison of Cultures (Fall, 3 cr)
    • Economics
       • ECON 1110 Introductory Microeconomics (Fall/Spring/Summer/Winter, 3 cr)  *Counts for Human Ecology credit
       • ECON 1120Introductory Macroeconomics (Fall/Spring/Summer/Winter, 3 cr) *Does not count for Human Ecology credit
    • Psychology
       • HD 1150 Human Development: Infancy and Childhood (Fall, 3 cr)
       • HD 1170 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood (Spring, 3 cr)    
       • PSYCH 1101 Introduction to Psychology (Fall/Summer, 3 cr)
    • Sociology
       • DSOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology (Fall/Spring, 3 cr)  
       • SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology (Fall/Spring/Summer, 3 cr)

  11. Humanities (3-4 credits)
    Choose any course with the Course Distribution HA, LA, or CA

  12. Calculus/advanced Math (3-4credits)
    Choose one of the following:

    MATH 1105 Finite Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (Fall, 3 cr)  
    MATH 1106 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences (Spring, 3 cr)  
    MATH 1110 Calculus I (Fall/Spring/Summer, 4 cr)
    MATH 1120 Calculus II (Fall/Spring, 4 cr)
    • A score of 4 or higher on the AB or BC Calculus AP Exam (**see below under Statistics)

  13. Statistics (3-4 credits)

    Choose one of the following:

    STSCI 2150 Introductory Statistics for Biology (Fall/Spring, 4 cr) (recommended) OR  
    PAM 2100 Introduction to Statistics (Spring, 4 cr) OR
    AEM 2100 Introductory Statistics (Fall, 4 cr) OR
    BTRY 3010 Biological Statistics I (Fall, 4 cr) OR
    ILRST / STSCI 2100 Introductory Statistics (Fall/Spring/Winter/Summer, 4 cr) OR
    MATH 1710 Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World (Fall/Spring, 4 cr) OR
    PSYCH 2500 Statistics and Research Design (Fall/Summer, 3-4 cr) OR
    SOC 3010 Statistics for Sociological Research (Fall, 4 cr)
    • A score of 4 or 5 on Statistics AP Exam **
        **CHE students must take either Calculus/Advanced Math or Statistics at Cornell unless they have earned a score of 4 or 5 on the BC Calculus AP Exam. Students in this case may use AP credit for both Calculus/Advanced Math and Statistics.

  14. Electives (Variable)
    Any courses that are not taken in Areas 1-14 above, count as Electives. Students interested in pre-health tracks or graduate study in biological, medical, or exercise sciences should take a two-course series in physics [PHYS 1101 AND 1102 General Physics (auto-tutorial)] OR [PHYS 2207 AND 2208 Fundamentals of Physics].

  15. Physical Education Requirement (2 courses)
    Physical Education must be completed tin order to graduate. However, physical education does not count toward college and university minimum credit requirements for full-time status, nor does it count towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

  16. Swim Test Requirement
    A successful swim test must be completed in order to graduate.

College Polices:

  • 120 Overall Credits
    • Students must complete 120 credits toward graduation.
    • A maximum of 15 credits of AP credit and in absentia credit can count towards the 120 total credits.
    • 15 credits of Study Abroad/Exchange, Cornell-In-Washington, or Capital semester can count towards total electives.
    • A course can only count towards the 120 total credits required once.
    • Students who exceed the above parameters—i.e., by taking more than 15 credits in cases (a), (b), and (c), or taking a course more than once—will have their total required credits increase by the same amount, and all credits will be counted toward their GPA. For example, a student who takes a 3-credit course twice to improve their grade will then be required to complete 123 total credits, and will have both grades factored into their GPA.
  • 43 HE Credits
    • Students must complete a minimum of 43 HE credits.
    • HE non-departmental courses at the 2000-level and below do not count toward the 43 HE credits.
    • Students must complete 5 HE credits by the end of the freshmen year and 12 HE credits by the end of the sophomore year.
  • 9 HE Credits outside the major
    • Students must complete a minimum of 9 HE credits outside of NS. These credits are given for any Human Ecology course outside your major (except 4030). These can be taken S/U only if course is NOT used to fulfill a curriculum requirement.
  • Pass/Fail Courses [S/U]
    • S/U grading option may NOT be used for any required course [Areas 1-14] unless it is the only grade option offered for those courses.  
    • S/Us MAY be used for the 9 HE Credits outside the major and for electives in Area 15.
    • Students may apply no more than 12 credits of S/U towards graduation requirements. If a required course is only offered S/U, it will not count towards this limit. Students may take more S/Us if they choose, but the additional credit will not be applied towards graduation.
    • The deadline for changing grade options is the 57th calendar day of the semester, the same as the “drop” deadline.
    • Special Study Courses [4000, 4010, 4020, 4030]
      • A maximum of 12 credits of special study course work from Human Ecology or other colleges will count towards the 120 overall credits (e.g. DNS special studies course work includes NS 4000, 4010, 4020, and 4030). Courses will be indicated on the class roster with a Component of either IND or RSC. [Additional credits can be taken but will not be applied.]
      • A maximum of 12 credits of 4000-4030 may count toward the 43 HE credit requirement.
      • A maximum of 3 credits of 4000-4020 (not including 4030) may count towards the 9 credits outside the major requirement as long as the special study is in a department outside the student’s major.
      • Students cannot TA (4030) the same course for credit more than once or take and TA the same course simultaneously.  4030 does not fulfill any requirements towards the major.  Registration for 4030 may not exceed 5 credit hours per semester.
      • Students who wish to take NS Special Studies Courses must have taken and passed at least 2 S/U credits of the same course.
  • The requirements listed below pertain to all students matriculating in August 2019 and January 2020. See also the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Degree Requirements.
  • All of the following sections are required to be completed to graduate. Courses in areas 1-14 must be taken for a Letter Grade.
  • Table: Credit requirements for the NS major
    Total: 120 credits Human Ecology: CALS, outside the major
    120 credits 55 credits 9 credits from anything but NS courses
  1. Introductory Chemistry (8 credits):
    CHEM 2070 and CHEM 2080 General Chemistry I and II
  2. Introductory Biology (8 credits):
    Choose one of the following labs:

    BIOG 1500 Investigative Lab (Fall/Spring, 2 cr) OR
    BIOSM 1500 Investigative Marine Biology Lab (Summer, 3 cr)

    AND choose two out of the three lecture options

    BIOMG 1350 Cell and Developmental Biology (Fall/Spring, 3 cr)
    BIOG 1440 Comparative Physiology (Fall/Spring, 3 cr) OR **
    BIOG 1445 Comparative Physiology (autotutorial) (Fall/Spring, 4cr)
    BIOEE 1610 Ecology and the Environment (Fall/Spring, 3 cr) OR **
    BIOEE 1780 Evolution and Diversity (Fall/Spring, 3 cr)

    ** Cannot take both to fulfill this requirement.

  3. Organic Chemistry Lecture (3-8 credits): **
    Choose one of the following:

    CHEM 1570 Elementary Organic Chemistry (Spring only, 3 cr, not for pre-health) OR
    CHEM 3530 Principles of Organic Chemistry (Fall only, 4 cr, not for pre-health) OR
    CHEM 3570-3580 Introductory Organic Chemistry (Fall and Spring, 3 cr, must take both,   CHEM 3570 alone will not fulfill the requirement) OR
    CHEM 3590-3600 Organic Chemistry (Fall and Spring, 4 cr, must take both, CHEM 3590 alone will not fulfill the requirement)

    ** Students interested in pre-health tracks should take a two-course sequence of organic chemistry lectures in addition to an organic chemistry lab.

  4. Organic Chemistry Lab (2-4 credits)

    CHEM 2510 Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry (Fall/Spring/Summer, 2 cr) OR
    CHEM 3010 Honors Experimental Chemistry (Spring, 4 cr)

  5. Physiology (3-4 credits)
    Choose one of the following: **
    NS NS 3410 Human Anatomy and Physiology (Spring, 4 cr) OR
    BIOAP 3110 Animal Physiology (Fall, 3 cr)

    ** Pre-health students should also consider taking NS 3420 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (Spring, 2 cr)

  6. Biochemistry (4-6 credits)
    Choose one of the following:

    NS 3200 Introduction to Human Biochemistry (Fall, 4 cr) OR
    BIOMG 3300 Principles of Biochemistry (Fall/Spring, 4 cr) OR
    BIOMG 3310 Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism (Fall, 3 cr) AND BIOMG 3320 Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology (Spring, 2 cr) OR
    BIOMG 3310 Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism (Fall, 3 cr) AND BIOMI 2900 General Microbiology (Fall/Spring, 3 cr) OR
    BIOG 3330 Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology (Summer, 4 cr) OR
    BIOMG 3350 Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology (Spring, 4 cr)

  7. Nutritional Sciences Core Courses (16 credits)

    NS 1150 Nutrition, Health and Society (Fall, online in Spring/Summer, 3 cr)
    NS 2450 Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (Fall, 3 cr)
    NS 3450 Introduction to Physiochemical and Biological Aspects of Food (Fall, 3 cr)
    NS 3310 Nutrient Metabolism (Spring, 4 cr)
    NS 3320 Methods in Nutritional Sciences (Fall, 3 cr)

  8. Advanced Elective in Nutrition (9 credits)
    At least 9 credits of NS course at the 3000 level or above (see below for NS courses at the 3000/4000 level organized by area of interest). Note: May include NS 3410 ONLY if BIOAP 3110 is used to fulfill the physiology requirement. Also NOTE: May include no more that a TOTAL of 3 credits from NS 4000 Directed Readings, NS 4010 Empirical Research , 4020 Supervised Fieldwork, and NS 4990 Honors Research. May NOT include NS 3200, NS 3980, NS 4620, or NS 4030 Teaching Apprenticeship.
    • Economic Influences on Human Nutrition
       • NS 3060 Nutrition and Global Health (odd Fall, 3 cr)
       • NS 4450 / AEM 4450 Toward a Sustainable Global Food System: Food Policy for      Developing Countries (Fall, 3 cr)
       • NS 4480 Economics of Food and Malnutrition (Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS 4570 Health, Poverty, and Inequality: A Global Perspective (even Fall, 3 cr)
    • Nutrition and Public Health
       • NS 3600 Epidemiology (Fall, 3 cr)
       • NS 4500 Public Health Nutrition (Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS 4600 Explorations in Global Health (Fall, 3 cr)
    • Food Quality and Food Service Management
       • NS 4880 Applied Dietetics in Foodservice Systems (Spring, 4 cr)
    • Human Health and Nutrition
       • NS 3030 Nutrition, Health and Vegetarian Diets (Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS / PSYCH 3150 Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight (even Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS 3420 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (Spring, 2 cr)
       • NS 4200 Diet and the Microbiome (Spring, 3 cr)
       • NS 4410 Nutrition and Disease (Fall, 4 cr )
       • NS 4420 Implementation of Nutrition Care (Fall, 3 cr; enrollment restricted – priority to Dietetics students)
       • NS 6140 Topics in Maternal and Child Nutrition (Fall, 3 cr)
    • Nutritional Biochemistry
       • NS 6310 Micronutrients: Function, Homeostasis and Assessment (Fall, 2-4 cr)
       • NS 6320 Regulation of Macronutrient Metabolism (Spring, 4 cr)
    • Psychological and Social Influences on Human Nutrition
       • NS 4250 Nutrition Communications and Counseling (Spring, 3 cr)

  9. Communications (9 credits)
    Complete 9 credits of courses in written and oral expression, at least 6 of which must be written expression. Select courses from First-year Writing Seminars and COMM or ENGL classes as per CALS distribution requirements. Note: Potential courses to fulfill this and any CALS distribution requirement may be found in “DUST.”

  10. Social Sciences and Humanities (12 credits)
    Complete 12 credits, including four course of at least 3 cr each:
    The four chosen course must include at least 3 different categories from the following list: Cultural Analysis (CA), Human Diversity (D), Foreign Language (FL), Historical Analysis (HA), Knowledge, Cognition, and Moral Reasoning (KCM), Literature and the Arts (LA), and Social and Behavioral Analysis (SBA).
    At least one course must be in Human Diversity (D).
  11. Calculus/Advanced Math (43-4 credits)
    Choose one of the following:

    MATH 1105 Finite Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (Fall, 3 cr)
    MATH 1106 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences (Spring, 3 cr)
    MATH 1110 Calculus I (Fall/Spring/Summer, 4 cr)
    MATH 1120 Calculus II (Fall/Spring, 4 cr)
    • A score of 4 or higher on the AB or BC Calculus AP Exam * ^
           *CALS students who earned a 4 or 5 on the AB Calculus AP Exam and complete MATH 1106, 1110, or equivalent forfeit their AP credit. CALS students who earned a 4 or 5 on the BC Calculus AP Exam and take MATH 1106, 1110, 1120, 1220, 1910, or equivalent forfeit their AP credit.
          ^ See below under Statistics

  12. Statistics (3-4 credits)

    Choose one of the following:

    STSCI 2150 Introductory Statistics for Biology (Fall/Spring, 4 cr) (recommended) OR
    PAM 2100 Introduction to Statistics (Spring, 4 cr) OR
    AEM 2100 Introductory Statistics (Fall, 4 cr) OR
    BTRY 3010 Biological Statistics I (Fall, 4 cr) OR
    ILRST / STSCI 2100 Introductory Statistics (Fall/Spring/Winter/Summer, 4 cr) OR
    MATH 1710 Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World (Fall/Spring, 4 cr) OR
    PSYCH 2500Statistics and Research Design (Fall/Summer, 3-4 cr) OR
    SOC 3010 Statistics for Sociological Research (Fall, 4 cr)
    • A score of 4 or 5 on Statistics AP Exam *

    * CALS students who earned a 5 on the Statistics AP Exam and complete AEM 2100, BTRY 3010, HADM 2010, ENGRD 2700, PAM 2100, ILRST/STSCI 2100, STSCI 2150, SOC 3010, MATH 1710, or equivalent forfeit their AP credit.

    ^ NS-CALS students must take either Calculus/Advanced Math or Statistics at Cornell unless they have earned a score of 3 or higher on the BC Calculus AP Exam. Students in this case may use AP credit for both Calculus/Advanced Math and Statistics.

  13. Electives (Variable)
    Any courses that are not taken in Areas 1-14 above, count as Electives. Students interested in pre-health tracks or graduate study in biological, medical, or exercise sciences should take a two-course series in physics [PHYS 1101 AND 1102 General Physics (auto-tutorial)] OR [PHYS 2207 AND 2208 Fundamentals of Physics].

  14. Physical Education Requirement (2 courses)
    Physical Education must be completed tin order to graduate. However, physical education does not count toward college and university minimum credit requirements for full-time status, nor does it count towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

  15. Swim Test Requirement
    A successful swim test must be completed in order to graduate.

College Polices:

  • 120 Overall Credits
    • Students must complete 120 credits toward graduation.
    • A maximum of 15 credits of AP credit and in absentia credit can count towards the 120 total credits.
    • 15 credits of Study Abroad/Exchange, Cornell-In-Washington, or Capital semester can count towards total electives.
    • A course can only count towards the 120 total credits required once.
    • Students who exceed the above parameters—i.e., by taking more than 15 credits in cases (a), (b), and (c), or taking a course more than once—will have their total required credits increase by the same amount, and all credits will be counted toward their GPA. For example, a student who takes a 3-credit course twice to improve their grade will then be required to complete 123 total credits, and will have both grades factored into their GPA.
  • 55 CALS Credits
    • Students must complete a minimum of 55 CALS credits.
  • 9 CALS Credits outside the major
    • Students must complete a minimum of 9 CALS credits outside of NS. These credits are given for any CALS course other than NS courses or those cross-listed with NS courses. These can be taken S/U only if the course is NOT used to fulfill a curriculum requirement.
  • Pass/Fail Courses [S/U]
    • S/U grading option may NOT be used for any required course [Areas 1-14] unless it is the only grade option offered. 
    • S/Us MAY be used for the 9 HE Credits outside the major and for electives in Area 15.
    • Students may apply no more than 12 credits of S/U towards graduation requirements. If a required course is only offered S/U, it will not count towards this limit. Students may take more S/Us if they choose, but the additional credit will not be applied towards graduation.
    • The deadline for changing grade options is the 57th calendar day of the semester, the same as the “drop” deadline.
  • Special Study Courses [4000, 4010, 4020, 4030]
    • A maximum of 12 credits of special study course work from Human Ecology or other colleges will count towards the 120 overall credits (e.g. DNS special studies course work includes NS 4000, 4010, 4020, and 4030). Courses will be indicated on the class roster with a Component of either IND or RSC. [Additional credits can be taken but will not be applied.]
    • A maximum of 12 credits of 4000-4030 may count toward the 43 HE credit requirement.
    • A maximum of 3 credits of 4000-4020 (not including 4030) may count towards the 9 credits outside the major requirement as long as the special study is in a department outside the student’s major.
    • Students cannot TA (4030) the same course for credit more than once or take and TA the same course simultaneously.  4030 does not fulfill any requirements towards the major.  Registration for 4030 may not exceed 5 credit hours per semester.
    • Students who wish to take NS Special Studies Courses must have taken and passed at least 2 S/U credits of the same course.
  1. Sample schedules are meant only as a guide, representing one example of many ways to complete the NS major, and are not an adequate substitute for meeting with faculty advisor(s). Most major and college requirements can be met with multiple options that should be considered in light of an individual student’s College, interests, professional goals, and other schedule constraints.
  2. Students must complete an overall average of 15 credits per semester to graduate with the required 120. As a result, the courses listed in each semester do not necessarily represent the student’s actual full semester load—particularly in later semesters, as the variability in students’ remaining requirements and electives increases.

“BASELINE” NS major sample schedule
(i.e., not pre-health or dietetics, no plans to study abroad)

Freshman Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 1150 Nutrition and Health (3 cr)
  2. NS 1160 Personalized Concepts and Controversies (1 cr)
  3. CHEM 2070 Introductory Chemistry I (4 cr)
  4. CHEM 1007 Academic Support for CHEM 2070 (1 cr)
  5. Introductory biology lecture [e.g. BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, or BIOEE 1610 or 1780] (3 cr)
  6. Freshman Writing Seminar (required fall freshman year)
  1. NS 1200 Nutrition and Health: Issues, Outlooks and Opportunities (1 cr)
  2. CHEM 2080 Introductory Chemistry II (4 cr)
  3. CHEM 1008 Academic Support for CHEM 2080 (1 cr)
  4. BIOG 1500 Investigative Lab (2 cr) OR introductory biology lecture [e.g. BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1445, or BIOEE 1610 or 1780] (3 cr)
  5. Freshman Writing Seminar (required spring freshman year)
  6. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)

Sophomore Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 2450 Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (3 cr)
  2. BIOG 1500 Investigative Lab (2 cr) OR Introductory biology lecture [e.g. BIOMG 1350 or BIOG 1445] (3 cr)
  3. CHEM 3530 Principles of Organic Chemistry (4 cr)
  4. MATH 1105 Finite Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (3 cr)
  5. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)
  1. NS 1220 Nutrition and the Life Cycle (3 cr)
  2. CHEM 2510 Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry (2 cr)
  3. Written/oral expression course (if CALS) OR other College distribution requirement
  4. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)

Junior Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 3200 Biochemistry (4 cr) OR BIOMG 3300 Principles of Biochemistry (4 cr)
  2. NS 3450 Introduction to Physicochemical and Biological Aspects of Food (3 cr)
  3. Advanced NS elective [e.g. NS 3600 or 4450, or research credits]

***plus remaining College (CALS/CHE) or general elective credits, according to needs and interests***

  1. NS 3310 Nutrient Metabolism (4 cr)
  2. NS 3410 Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr)
  3. Advanced NS elective [e.g. NS 3420, 4480, or research credits]
  4. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)

***plus remaining College (CALS/CHE) or general elective credits, according to needs and interests***

Senior Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 3320 Methods in Nutritional Sciences (3 cr)
  2. Advanced NS elective [e.g. NS 4410 or 4450 or research credits]
  3. STSCI 2150 Introductory Statistics for Biology (4 cr)

***plus remaining College (CALS/CHE) or general elective credits, according to needs and interests***

  1. Remaining advanced NS elective credits [e.g. NS 3030, 4200, 4480, or 4500, or research credits]

***plus remaining College (CALS/CHE) or general elective credits, according to needs and interests***

 

  1. Sample schedules are meant only as a guide, representing one example of many ways to complete the NS major, and are not an adequate substitute for meeting with faculty advisor(s). Most major and college requirements can be met with multiple options that should be considered in light of an individual student’s College, interests, professional goals, and other schedule constraints.
  2. Students must complete an overall average of 15 credits per semester to graduate with the required 120. As a result, the courses listed in each semester do not necessarily represent the student’s actual full semester load—particularly in later semesters, as the variability in students’ remaining requirements and electives increases.

It is very important that students pursuing or considering a pre-health track speak with a pre-health advisor either within their College or through University Career Services. See The Pre-Health Track as a DNS Undergraduate for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 1150 Nutrition, Health, and Society (3 cr)
  2. NS 1160 Personalized Concepts and Controversies (1 cr)
  3. CHEM 2070 Introductory Chemistry I (4 cr)
  4. CHEM 1007 Academic Support for CHEM 2070 (1 cr)
  5. BIOG 1440 Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology (3 cr)
  6. Freshman Writing Seminar (3 cr, required fall freshman year)
  7. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications; psychology or sociology recommended for pre-health)
  1. NS 1200 Nutrition and Health: Issues, Outlooks and Opportunities (1 cr)
  2. CHEM 2080 Introductory Chemistry II (4 cr)
  3. CHEM 1008 Academic Support for CHEM 2080 (1 cr)
  4. BIOG 1500 Investigative Lab (2 cr)
  5. BIOMG 1350 Introductory Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology (3 cr)
  6. Freshman Writing Seminar (required spring freshman year) (3 cr)
  7. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)

Sophomore Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 2450 Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (3 cr)
  2. NS 3450 Introduction to Physicochemical and Biological Aspects of Food (3 cr)
  3. CHEM 3570 Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences I (4 cr)
  4. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)
  1. NS 1220 Nutrition and the Life Cycle (3 cr)
  2. CHEM 3580 Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences II (4 cr)
  3. CHEM 2510 Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry (2 cr)
  4. Biology elective [e.g. BIOMI 2900 General Microbiology Lectures (3-4 cr)]
  5. Written/oral expression course (if CALS) OR Humanities & Social Sciences course, if needed (see College-level specifications)

Junior Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 3200 Biochemistry (4 cr) OR BIOMG 3300 Principles of Biochemistry (4 cr)
  2. Biology elective [e.g. BIOMG 2800 Lectures in Genetics and Genomics, recommended for pre-health (3 cr)]
  3. PHYS 1101 Fundamentals of Physics I (4 cr)
  4. MATH 1110 Calculus I (4 cr)
  5. Additional biology elective, if desired, according to interests
  1. NS 3310 Nutrient Metabolism (4 cr)
  2. NS 3410 Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr)
  3. NS 3420 Anatomy and Physiology Lab (2 cr)
  4. Advanced NS elective [e.g. NS 4480 or research credits]
  5. PHYS 1102 Fundamentals of Physics II (4 cr)

Senior Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 3320 Methods in Nutritional Sciences (3 cr)
  2. STSCI 2150 Introductory Statistics for Biology (4 cr)
  3. Advanced NS elective [e.g. NS 4410 or 4450, or research credits]

***plus remaining College (CALS/CHE) or general elective credits, according to needs and interests***

  1. Advanced NS elective [e.g. NS 3030, 4200, 4480, or 4500, or research credits]

***plus remaining College (CALS/CHE) or general elective credits, according to needs and interests***

 

  1. Sample schedules are meant only as a guide, representing one example of many ways to complete the NS major, and are not an adequate substitute for meeting with faculty advisor(s). Most major and college requirements can be met with multiple options that should be considered in light of an individual student’s College, interests, professional goals, and other schedule constraints.
  2. Students must complete an overall average of 15 credits per semester to graduate with the required 120. As a result, the courses listed in each semester do not necessarily represent the student’s actual full semester load—particularly in later semesters, as the variability in students’ remaining requirements and electives increases.

NOTE: Students interested in spending a semester away from Cornell should meet with a Global Learning advisor within their College as well as formulate a course plan for graduation as soon as possible. Students who spend a semester away from Cornell need to take 2-3 more credits per semester on average than students spending 8 semesters at Cornell to credit requirements for graduation.

Freshman Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 1150 Nutrition and Health (3 cr)
  2. NS 1160 Personalized Concepts and Controversies (1 cr)
  3. CHEM 2070 Introductory Chemistry I (4 cr)
  4. CHEM 1007 Academic Support for CHEM 2070 (1 cr)
  5. Introductory biology lecture [e.g. BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, or BIOEE 1610 or 1780] (3 cr)
  6. Freshman Writing Seminar (required fall of freshman year)
  1. NS 1200 Nutrition and Health: Issues, Outlooks and Opportunities (1 cr)
  2. CHEM 2080 Introductory Chemistry II (4 cr)
  3. CHEM 1008 Academic Support for CHEM 2080 (1 cr)
  4. BIOG 1500 Investigative Lab (2 cr) OR introductory biology lecture [e.g. BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1445, or BIOEE 1610 or 1780] (3 cr)
  5. Freshman Writing Seminar (required spring of freshman year)
  6. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)

Sophomore Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 2450 Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (3 cr)
  2. NS 3450 Introduction 3450 Introduction to Physicochemical and Biological Aspects of Food (3 cr)
  3. BIOG 1500 Investigative Lab (2 cr) OR Introductory biology lecture [e.g. BIOMG 1350 or BIOG 1445] (3 cr)
  4. CHEM 3530 Principles of Organic Chemistry (3 cr)
  5. MATH 1105 Finite Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences (3 cr)
  1. NS 1220 Nutrition and the Life Cycle (3 cr)
  2. CHEM 2510 Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry (2 cr)
  3. STSCI 2150 Introductory Statistics for Biology (3 cr)
  4. Written/oral expression course (if CALS) OR other College elective
  5. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)

Junior Year

Fall Spring
ELO or STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER
  1. NS 3310 Nutrient Metabolism (4 cr)
  2. NS 3410 Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr)
  3. Advanced NS elective [e.g. NS 3420, 4480, or research credits]
  4. BIOMG 3300 Principles of Biochemistry (4 cr)
  5. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)

Senior Year

Fall Spring
  1. NS 3320 Methods in Nutritional Sciences (3 cr)
  2. Advanced NS elective (e.g. NS 3600, 4410, or 4450, or research credits)
  3. Advanced NS elective

***plus remaining College (CALS/CHE) or general elective credits, according to needs and interests***

  1. Remaining NS elective credits, if needed [e.g. NS 3030, 4200, 4480, or 4500, or research credits]
  2. Humanities & Social Sciences course (see College-level specifications)

***plus remaining College (CALS/CHE) or general elective credits, according to needs and interests***

 

Visit the Academic Preparation in the DPD page to learn about the minimum academic requirements and staying on track to complete DPD requirements.

NS major requirements checklist:  downloadable form.

This document is meant as a tool for tracking progress toward completing requirements for the NS major. It does not account for College-level requirements, such as humanities, social sciences, communication courses, and the required number of CHE or CALS credits.

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