Nutritional Sciences focuses on the utilization of nutrients and other dietary components by humans for growth maintenance, and reproduction, in both normal and disease states. Upon becoming a Nutritional Science major, students have three emphasis to choose from. The field of nutritional sciences requires a strong background in biology, chemistry, physiology and biochemistry to allow understanding of the mechanisms through which dietary factors are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized and used by tissues and cells. The Nutritional Sciences Program offers significant opportunities for undergraduate research. Students majoring in Nutritional Sciences will be well prepared for health-related careers such as medicine and nursing, as well as for graduate study in nutritional sciences.