Bachelor of Science in Nutrition:
Nutrition Science Option

Program Overview

The Nutrition Science Option provides students with a curriculum well grounded in the basic sciences with the practical application of the principles of physiology and biochemistry to the science of nutrition. The program is designed to meet the requirements for application to professional schools such as medical, dental, physical therapy, and other paramedical programs. This option also prepares students for graduate study in nutrition and other health-related disciplines.

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Student Testimonial

"The nutrition science option was an appealing choice for me because it fulfilled the requirements for health and professional schools while at the same time, provided me with exposure to topics ranging from macronutrient metabolism and medical nutrition to diabetes, obesity and cancer. I also had the opportunity to participate in basic science research in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin W. Huggins. This proved to be an invaluable training experience as it affirmed my goal to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist."

Katie Colbert Coate, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mangelsdorf / Kliewer Laboratory Howard Hughes Medical Institute Department of Pharmacology UT Southwestern Medical Center



The mission of the Nutrition Science option at Auburn University is to provide a high quality program of study that integrates the core nutrition science courses with additional courses in chemistry, physics, and biology to prepare graduates for entry into professional/graduate schools or nutrition-related careers dedicated to enhancing human well-being and quality of life.

The NSPM curriculum will:

  1. Produce graduates that are competitive for acceptance into postgraduate academic programs.
  2. Produce graduates with a sound scientific understanding of complex nutrition issues related to health and disease.
  3. Produce graduates committed to the enhancement of human well-being and quality of life.

Upon completion of the NSPM curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of digestion/absorption and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the utilization of vitamins and minerals.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of diseases on nutrient utilization and needs.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of nutrient requirements and optimal nutrition in the prevention of chronic diseases.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of nutrient-nutrient (including nutritional toxicities) and nutrient-gene interactions on human health.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of nutritional needs across the lifespan.
  7. Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication related to nutrition science.


Kevin Huggins
For additional information about the Nutrition Science Option:

Kevin W. Huggins, PhD

Nutrition Science Undergraduate Coordinator
Associate Professor of Nutrition Science
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management
102D Poultry Science Building, 260 Lem Morrison Dr.,
Auburn University, AL 36849-5606
E: huggikw@auburn.edu | O: (334) 844-3296