For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052
Contact for questions: or 202-994-6040

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 124 credits and maintenance of a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the nutrition science core requirements.

University General Education Requirement
UW 1020University Writing
or HONR 1015 Honors Seminar: UW 1020: Origins and Evolution of Modern Thought
Two writing in the disciplines (WID) courses (may also be counted in another category).
One critical or creative analysis in the humanities course.
One quantitative reasoning course. For exercise science and nutrition science majors, must be satisfied with one of the following: STAT 1051, STAT 1053, STAT 1127, or PUBH 2142.
One scientific reasoning course with laboratory experience. For exercise science and nutrition science majors, must be satisfied with BISC 1111.
Two critical, creative, or quantitative analysis in the social sciences courses. For exercise science and nutrition science majors, must be satisfied with one of the following: ANTH 1002, ANTH 1003, or ANTH 1004; and one of the following: COMM 1040 or COMM 1041.

A list of approved courses can be found on the University General Education Requirements page.

Nutrition science core requirements
Basic math and science courses (34 credits)
BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules 1
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
BISC 3165Biochemistry I
or CHEM 3165 Biochemistry I
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II
CHEM 2151Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2153Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2152Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2154Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
EXNS 1110Applied Anatomy and Physiology I
EXNS 1111Applied Anatomy and Physiology II
MATH 1220Calculus with Precalculus I (or higher)
Nutrition science core (26 credits)
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology 1
or ANTH 1003 Archaeology
or ANTH 1004 Language in Culture and Society
COMM 1040Public Communication 1
or COMM 1041 Interpersonal Communication
EXNS 1109Professional Foundations in Nutrition Science 2
EXNS 2119Introduction to Nutrition Science
EXNS 2120Assessment of Nutritional Status
EXNS 2122Food Systems in Public Health 3
or EXNS 3199 Advanced Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
or EXNS 4199 Advanced Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
EXNS 2123Nutrition and Chronic Disease
EXNS 2124Lifecycle Nutrition
EXNS 3111WExercise and Nutrition Sciences Research Methods
EXNS 4112Nutrition Science Senior Capstone Seminar
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics 1
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
or STAT 1127 Statistics for the Biological Sciences
or PUBH 2142 Introduction to Biostatistics for Public Health


20 credits in guided electives and 18 credits in general electives.4

Nutrition science guided electives
ANTH 1005The Biological Bases of Human Behavior
ANTH 3413Evolution of the Human Brain
ANTH 3504Illness, Healing, and Culture
BISC 2202Cell Biology
BISC 2207Genetics
BISC 2213Biology of Cancer
BISC 2214Developmental Biology
BISC 2220Developmental Neurobiology
BISC 2320Neural Circuits and Behavior
BISC 2322Human Physiology
BISC 2336Introductory Microbiology
BISC 2337Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
BISC 2581Human Gross Anatomy
BISC 2583Biology of Proteins
BISC 3209Molecular Biology
BISC 3212Immunology
BISC 3262Biochemistry Laboratory
or CHEM 3262 Biochemistry Laboratory
BISC 3263Special Topics in Biochemistry
BISC 3320Human Neurobiology
CHEM 3166Biochemistry II
or CHEM 3166W Biochemistry II
CHEM 3262Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 3263WSpecial Topics in Biochemistry
CHEM 3564Lipid Biotechnology
CHEM 4122Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
EHS 1002CPR and First Aid
EHS 1040Emergency Medical Tech-Basic
EHS 1041EMT - Basic Lab
EHS 1058EMT Instructor Development
EHS 2108Emergency Medicine Clinical Scribe
EHS 2110Emergency Department Critical Care Assessment and Procedures
EXNS 1113Medical Terminology
EXNS 1118Sport and Nutrition
EXNS 2111Exercise Physiology I
EXNS 2112Exercise Physiology II
EXNS 2116Exercise and Health Psychology
EXNS 2122Food Systems in Public Health
EXNS 3101Independent Study
EXNS 3110Field Experience - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences 5
EXNS 3199Advanced Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (taken in topic International Nutrition only) 3
EXNS 3995Undergraduate Research
EXNS 4199Advanced Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (taken in topic Metabolism in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences only) 3
HLWL 1102Stress Management
HLWL 1106Drug Awareness
HLWL 1108Weight and Society
HLWL 1114Personal Health and Wellness
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
HSCI 2110Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 3113Health Policy and the Health Care System
PHYS 1011General Physics I
PHYS 1012General Physics II
PSYC 2011Abnormal Psychology
or PSYC 2011W Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 2013Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2014Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
PSYC 2570Peer Education
PSYC 3128Health Psychology
PUBH 1102History of Public Health
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 2112Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion
PUBH 2113Impact of Culture upon Health
PUBH 2117Service Learning in Public Health
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3131Epidemiology
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 3151WCurrent Issues in Bioethics

1These course categories also meet University General Education requirements so they are not included in the credit count for these categories.

2Students who have taken EXNS 1103 should not take EXNS 1109.

3EXNS 3199 and EXNS 4199 count toward this requirement only when taken in the topics indicated.

4The courses listed under guided electives have been identified as highly relevant to the BS in Nutrition Science curriculum. 20 elective credits must be selected from this list. General electives (18 additional elective credits) may also be selected from this list, or they may be any other undergraduate course at the University except for LSPA courses.

5Only 3 credits taken in EXNS 3101, EXNS 3110, or EXNS 3995 count toward the guided electives requirement. Additional credits in these courses count as general electives. 

Note: Courses offered online may be taken in the summer session only.