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. 

Brenda Smith named Regents Professor by OSU
Dr. Brenda Smith, the John and Sue Taylor Professor in nutritional sciences, has been named a Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University. She has been a member of the College of Human Sciences faculty for more than 14 years.
As one of only 40 applicants selected, Teresa Jackson, MS, RDN, LD, graduate student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University,
teresaAs one of only 40 applicants selected, Teresa Jackson, MS, RDN, LD, graduate student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University, joins Health Policy Research Scholars, a new program led by Johns Hopkins University with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Barbara Stoecker named to Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame
barbaraNutritional Sciences Regents Professor Barbara Stoecker has been selected for induction into the 2016 Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. She is the Marilynn Thoma Chair in the College of Human Sciences.

Stoecker’s research in the field of micronutrients and human health has earned her an international reputation. She has pioneered discoveries on daily requirements for the trace element chromium, as well as its role in lipid and insulin metabolism. Stoecker also led research in bone health that showed vitamin E supplementation protects against bone loss in the microgravity environment of space.

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