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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science

With a B.S. in Nutritional Science, you’ll be prepared for a career in fields such as dietetics, nutrition and wellness, food science and nutrition research.

Earn a Nutritional Science BS degree in one of three Options:

  • Dietetics Option – This accredited degree option prepares students for a career as a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered. NDTRs are an integral part of healthcare and foodservice management teams.
  • Nutrition and Wellness Option - This degree option combines nutrition, public health, and business coursework. Students are prepared for positions related to disease prevention and health promotion in the community.
  • General Option – This degree option provides students with a strong science background. Students are prepared for a variety of research positions or may choose to apply to coordinated dietetics programs, doctoral programs or medical school. 

Campus Information


UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

With a B.S. in Nutritional Science, you’ll be prepared for a career in fields such as dietetics, nutrition and wellness, the food science industry, and nutrition research.

Graduates of the Nutritional Science program are qualified for positions in:

  • Health promotion/Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition education
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Health and wellness
  • Nutrition and health policy
  • Non-profit program planning
  • Food inspection
  • Nutrition research
  • Product development
  • Marketing and sales

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • A high school diploma.
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of a high school program that focuses on college prep courses including English, biology, and chemistry.  It is strongly recommended that incoming freshmen take math through pre-calculus or calculus and complete high school physics.
  • Minimum combined SAT scores of 1,080 (mathematics and verbal).
  • Students must be able to meet the technical standards of the college and the program so that they can actively participate in all phases of class, practicum, and laboratory work, with or without reasonable accommodations.

BS to MPH (Dietetics)

Qualified incoming nutritional science students can be directly accepted into the Master in Public Health Coordinated Dietetics program. Applicants who meet the qualifications as incoming freshmen are notified in their letter of acceptance to the university from Admissions. Students must be enrolled in the Nutritional Sciences degree to be eligible.

The program requirements are: 

  • Completion of the B.S. in Nutritional Science with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher
  • Completion of the pre-requisite courses outlined below with earned grades of B- or higher:

Anatomy & Physiology lecture
Human Nutrition
Microbiology lecture
Food Science
Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II
Nutrition and Metabolism
Human Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry lecture
Psychology or Sociology