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Nutrition Science

Explore a career in medicine, dentistry, industry or academia with an emphasis on nutrition and biochemistry.

Nutrition Science – B.S. in Food & Nutrition, Nutrition Science Emphasis

The Nutrition Science program at Montana State is specifically designed to prepare students for admission to medical, dental or graduate school with the program’s emphasis on nutrition and biochemistry. In addition to nutrition courses, Nutrition Science students also investigate nutrition on a molecular level with coursework on microbiology, micronutrients and metabolism, biomedical genetics and more.

The Food & Nutrition major at Montana State offers one additional Option Within the Major: Dietetics.


Undergraduate Food & Nutrition students Emily Raber and Cullen Kinnaire are conducting research projects related to a larger Montana State project to develop a peanut bar product with Senegalese farmers.


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Montana’s Research Leader
Montana State is the largest research enterprise in the state and consistently breaks MSU records for annual research expenditures, reaching $200 million for the first time in 2022.

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Food Product Development Lab
Montana State hosts the Food Product Development Lab, which works on a variety of food development projects designed to improve pantry staples with healthier, locally-produced ingredients.

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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Nutrition Science students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Community & Public Health
  • Food/Nutrition Entrepreneurship
  • Food Service
  • Research & Education

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.