Health Sciences Major

Nutrition Concentration

An increased awareness of the importance in nutrition in maintaining health and managing chronic diseases has contributed to a strong job market for those with expertise in nutrition.  The B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Nutrition prepares students to enter M.S. programs in nutrition fields, and a variety of local internship opportunities allow students to gain hands-on experience during their studies at MCLA. 


  • BIOL 101 Seminar for Entering Majors (1 cr)
  • BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology I: Cells (4 cr)
  • BIOL 240 Genetics (4 cr)
  • BIOL 250 Nutrition (3 cr)
  • BIOL 302 Applied Statistics in Biology (1 cr)
  • BIOL 342 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr)
  • BIOL 343 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr)
  • BIOL 360 Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • BIOL 403 Applied Nutrition (3 cr)
  • CHEM 150 Introduction to Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CHEM 152 Introduction to Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • HLTH 105 Medical Terminology (1 cr)
  • HLTH 150/150H Intro to Community & Public Health (3 cr)
  • HLTH 540 or 590 Internship, with Nutrition Focus (1-3 cr)
  • MATH 232/232H Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)
  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (3 cr)

MCLA in 4

MCLAin4 LogoA sample 4-year plan showing a possible sequence of courses in this concentration.



A variety of internship opportunities are available, both on campus and in the surrounding community, giving students invaluable hands-on experience in the field of nutrition. Off-campus internship partners include The Nutrition Center, Community Health Programs, and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.


A faculty advisor will meet with each student at least once per semester. Information about pre-requisites for graduate nutrition programs, specific internships, research opportunities, upcoming courses, and other topics is provided to enrolled students on the Biology Department’s Canvas page. Students will also be connected to alumni mentor(s) in the field of nutrition.

Articulation agreements

Strong students who have met the requirements outlined in the articulation agreement are currently guaranteed admission to the M.S. in Applied Nutrition program or the M.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics program at the Sage Colleges in Albany, NY.

Career outcomes

MCLA graduates have completed and are enrolled in graduate programs in nutritional fields.