Oklahoma State University

Department of Nutritional Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Nutritional Sciences

The faculty and staff of the Nutritional Sciences Department are committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and extension.  We offer a comprehensive educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in promoting the health and wellness of individuals as well as communities through the prevention and treatment of disease. Graduates are prepared for careers in dietetics, nutrition, and an array of areas within the biomedical field. Nutrition professionals work in a wide range of settings, in both the public and private sector. 

Undergraduate options are tailored to prepare our students for their ultimate professional goals.  Students in the Dietetics option complete the ACEND-accredited coursework required to apply to ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internships and take the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam. Human Nutrition-Premedical Science and Allied Health option students complete prerequisite courses needed to apply to a wide variety of healthcare professional programs or graduate school. Students in the Community Nutrition option complete courses which prepare them to pursue careers in non-therapeutic food and nutrition fields. Pursuit of graduate education resulting in a master’s or doctoral degree is also an option for successful undergraduate students.

Our graduate faculty advance the science and application of nutritional science through basic cellular and molecular, translational, and community research. The impact of their work is seen throughout the state of Oklahoma, the nation, and the world. Working with master’s degree and doctoral students, they are preparing the next generation of nutritional scientists. Our dietetic interns earn master’s degrees before completing their rotations.  Faculty members working with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services affect the lives of individual Oklahomans for the better by applying research findings to real-life settings in homes, schools, and businesses. 

Nutritional Sciences doctoral student named OSU Graduate College Ambassador
ojo Babajide Ojo is a doctoral student and a graduate teaching/research assistant in the Nutritional Sciences Department of the College of Human Sciences. His research interests focus on the impact of functional foods in modulating gut biology in models of diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes. Ojo became a Graduate College Ambassador in Fall 2015 and has been an active participant ever since.
Leslie Farias - 2016 OSU Outstanding Senior

Leslie Farias is a Nutritional Sciences senior from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was named a 2016 Oklahoma State University Outstanding Senior on April 18 by the OSU Alumni Association. During her time at OSU, Farias served as a resident advisor for OSU ResLife, secretary of the Pre-Physician Assistant Club, a mentor in the Inclusion Leadership Program, the Dance Marathon executive of the Residential Life Committee and is a member of Omega Phi Alpha Service Sorority. Her community involvement includes Manos Juntas Clinic, Oklahoma Blood Institute blood drive, the Seretean Wellness Center, speaking at OSU’s Convocation and OSU Junior Day and serving as a personal assistant for students with disabilities. Farias’ awards include being named a United Health Foundation Scholar by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, a Wentz Scholar Leader, Summer Public Health Scholars Program at Columbia University Finalist and the Residence Hall Association’s First Year Student of the Year. Farias’ plans are to begin a physician associate program at OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City this June. Visit orangeconnection.org/os to learn more about the student awards presented by the OSU Alumni Association and sponsored by ISN.
Nutritional Sciences Top Ten Seniors
Front row left to right: Kara Young, Wright City; Emily Martin, Aurora, Colorado; Kate Janike, Lincoln, Nebraska; Erica Crockett, Stillwater. Back: Lindsey Harr, Tulsa; Caroline Cosner, Gans; Jadyn Crooch, Checotah; Meredith Farley, Edmond; Abigail Madden, Borger, Texas; Taylor Johnson, Pilot Point, Texas.

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