Oklahoma State University

Department of Nutritional Sciences

THE DEPARTMENT OF NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES - Oklahoma State University
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’ ERICA CROCKETT NAMED NIBLACK SCHOLAR
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Nutritional Sciences faculty and students honored by Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Dr. Gail Gates was honored as the Outstanding Dietetic Educator in a Dietetic Internship. She is a Regents Service Professor and Graduate Coordinator in NSCI. Carol Beier, director, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) was presented the Outstanding Dietetic Educator in a DPD award. 

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Undergraduate Research Project

The College of Human Sciences and Oklahoma State understand that students who graduate with research experience have taken full advantage of all that a comprehensive research university has to offer. Research is an essential component of each department within the College Human Sciences. Students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with a professor or faculty member in their chosen area of study. Among experiential learning opportunities offered in the College of Human Sciences, undergraduate research adds richness and depth to the student’s academic experience. Research experience is invaluable in helping students choose a career path, improve their likelihood of success in the workforce and decide on graduate school.
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