Nutritional Science Specialization


The curriculum for nutritional science draws upon a variety of inter-related disciplines, including human nutrition, biology, physiology, and chemistry. In addition, the requirements for the specialization allow students the flexibility to pursue areas of personal interest that may relate to career goals. In general, graduates leave with an in-depth understanding of nutrient requirements and function, and how this knowledge can best be put to use to promote health and reduce disease risk.


  • The solid science education along with human nutrition expertise is excellent preparation for health-related professional schools, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and public health.
  • Nutrition research is more important than ever. Research assistants/technicians are needed in laboratory, clinical and community settings. Students who continue their education and earn graduate degrees are eligible for higher-level positions that relate to food, nutrition and health.
  • Young entrepreneurs will find their solid science training in nutrition very useful in areas such as nutrient supplementation, nutrition communications, and food marketing.
  • The principles of nutrition are applicable to a number of other areas including nursing and health education.


Who do I contact for more information about Nutritional Science?

Dr. Jamie Benedict, Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-6445
Office: 216b Sarah Fleischmann Bldg, UNR Campus

Karon Felten, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-6446
Office: 215b Sarah Fleischmann Bldg, UNR Campus

Dr. Stan Omaye, Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-6447
Office: 005 Sarah Fleischmann Bldg, UNR Campus

Nutrition Degrees

A degree in nutrition/dietetics provides students with a strong science background, laboratory experiences and community and clinical opportunities related to human health and nutrition.