Ohio Wesleyan is one of very few liberal arts colleges offering a major in nutrition, which can prepare you for graduate study in nutrition or dietetics—or work in a variety of nutrition-related careers.

About the major

As a nutrition major, we focus on the multifaceted relationship between food, nutrients, and human health. We explore areas such as nutritional demands and requirements, human physiology and metabolism, socio-cultural aspects of food and nutrition, and policy and food system influences on dietary health.

OWU's flexible and inderdisciplinary nutrition major prepares students to pursue careers in community health, health education, food justice and advocacy, food industry work, and related graduate programs in public health and dietetics. For more information or details contact Dr. Liz Nix directly eanix@owu.edu.

Many students seek nutrition in order to pursue qualification in dietetics. If your goal is to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (dietetics), we offer guidiance and access to the natural science courses and tailored electives that will prepare you for graduate work for this career track. In a recent change in the accredation program, all dietitians are now required to have a Master's degree. Through careful selection of electives, our program can prepare students to meet the standard recommendations for several well-known Master's in Dietetics programs, including The Ohio State University, Rutgers University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among many others. For more information on dietetic certification and course advice HERE.

Nutrition also can be a valuable second major if you’re planning advanced studies in fields like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant.

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Graduate Outcomes

Kor'Darius "K.D." Melton '21

Owner of KD's Kakes LLC - Business owner, operator, and baker of his own bakery in Warner Robins, Georgia.


Department Contact Info


Edwards Gymnasium
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3725
F 740-368-3751

Department Contact

Department Chair: Andrew Busch
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Kinetics
Edwards Gymnasium 107-C

Academic Assistant: Wendi Kay
Edwards Gymnasium #107-A