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Department of Animal Sciences



The Nutrition Program is an interdisciplinary program involving the Departments of Animal Sciences and Human Nutrition. This program allows you to:

  • Pursue interests in the absorption, metabolism, and functions of nutrients in animals and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.
  • Select from a core of courses taught by leading nutritionists in the OSU community to learn how diet impacts the whole body as a consequence of nutrient actions at the cellular and molecular levels.
  • Discover the impacts of nutrition and the nutrient needs of animals
  • Explore the principles of ruminant and non-ruminant nutritional physiology
  • Learn about practical feeding strategies for optimizing health
  • Take an in-depth examination of the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for regulation of nutrient transport and metabolism
  • Study the digestion, absorption, transport, and utilization of dietary carbohydrates and fat for energy production and fat deposition
  • Learn about the interrelationships and nutritional requirements of the vitamins and minerals in humans and other higher animals

Career Opportunities

  • Animal Nutrition Plant Manager
  • Animal Nutrition Production Supervisor
  • Nutritionist
  • Feed Specialist
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Treat Formulator
  • Feeding Manager
  • Chemical Applicator
  • Feedlot Nutrition Specialist
  • Grain Elevator Manager
  • Grain Elevator Superintendent
  • Pet Care Nutrition Technician
  • Pet Foods Research Associate

Major and Minor Options and 4-year Plans

Your interests in the area of nutrition may fit under the B.S. in Nutrition with a Major in Animal Sciences or the Animal Nutrition Minor. Note that the Animal Nutrition minor is not available to Animal Sciences majors. Click here to investigate the options and plans.


Ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition laboratories are located on both the Columbus and Wooster campuses. These well-equipped laboratories currently support nutrition research programs of faculty and their students. They include a comprehensive array of analytical capabilities. Nutrient digestion and metabolism research is conducted in specialized facilities at animal centers located on both campuses. Nutrition research is also conducted at two Dairy Centers (in Wooster and Columbus), at two Poultry Centers (Wooster and Columbus), at two Swine Centers (Columbus and S. Charleston), at a beef feedlot (Wooster), and with four beef cow herds (Columbus and three Branch Research Stations).


Click above to investigate the courses you may be taking.