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Human Nutrition and FoodsMajor

Prepare to become a registered dietitian nutritionist or to attend professional programs, such as medical school or physician assistant school.


What is Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU like?


You’ve undoubtedly heard the adage “You are what you eat.” Nutrition is a huge part of that and essential for good health and well-being (beyond the numbers on a scale).

This pre-professional program will prepare you to become a registered dietitian, nutritionist, health educator or other occupations that set others up for success in the areas of food and nutrition.

Human Nutrition and Foods program highlights:

At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Dietetics
    Ideal for students interested community or medical nutrition. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible for this emphasis area and to receive a Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement.

Fast Facts

What makes Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Conduct undergraduate research focused on the prevention of chronic diseases in the Lifestyle Intervention Lab.
  • Work with Human Nutrition and Foods professors as an undergraduate teaching assistant.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Student Organizations

Connect with other students who share your academic interests as a member of:

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Professional Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Many of our graduates go on to become registered dietitian nutritionists. They also further their education by attending graduate or professional (veterinary, medicine, dental, pharmacy or public health) school.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Human Nutrition and Foods major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Human Nutrition and Foods major.

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Popular Courses

HN&F 171:
Introduction to Human Nutrition

Nutrient structure, metabolism, integrated function and their importance to human well-being during all stages of the life cycle. Current concerns and those of special interest to college students in meeting nutrient needs.

HN&F 348:
Science of Food Preparation

To explore functional properties of ingredients and applied scientific theories to food preparation.

HN&F 364:
Nutrition Education & Counseling

Roles, responsibilities, and limitations of the professional health/nutrition educator in nutrition counseling, guidance and referral, nutrition needs assessment, dynamics of nutrition counseling interaction, and selected counseling techniques.

HN&F 474:
Medical Nutrition Therapy 2

Nutritional care aspects of patients. Modification of diet to meet human nutrition needs in various medical conditions.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Human Nutrition and Foods major have included:

Cost and Aid

How much does Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ways to Save

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Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture and Natural Resources may qualify for Innovators scholarships based on GPA. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Human Nutrition and Foods can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Human Nutrition and Foods at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Human Nutrition and Foods major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Next Steps

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