Health Professions

Study the Science of Animal and Human Health

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Are you interested in improving and protecting the health of your community? Do you want to pursue a career in public health with a focus on providing high-quality nutrition or ensuring the safety of the food we eat? Or, are you more interested in exploring the relationship between animals and humans, developing life-saving treatments, or improving nutrition to prevent disease?

Do your long-term plans include continuing on to an accredited veterinary or medical school? If so, one of our health professions majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences may be right for you. 

Paths to Public Health Careers

Applied Biotechnology

Find ways to use living cells and biological processes to develop products and technologies to feed and clothe a growing population and fight disease. You may choose to specialize in applied biotechnology, food and beverage fermentation, or industrial plant and microbial biotechnology.

Biosystems Engineering

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Solve resource challenges by using your interest in engineering, science, and technology to overcome drought, disease, famine, and flooding. You may choose to specialize in water resource engineering, biological engineering, or pre-health to prepare for medical school.

Human Development & Family Science

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Improve the quality of life for individuals and families with a degree in human development & family science. You'll gain insight into human behavior and learn how to build stronger, healthier relationships among families and across communities.

Nutrition & Food Systems

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Make sure that the food we eat is nutritious, affordable, and sustainably grown. You'll gain the knowledge and expertise in food-related policy that you'll need to advocate for sustainable production of nutritious food to feed the world.

Nutrition & Human Performance

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Improve the health, physical performance, and qualify of life of individuals. You’ll gain a strong foundation in nutrition, exercise, and behavioral sciences, and will be ready for a career in nutrition and fitness coaching, community health and wellness, and more.

Paths to Veterinary or Medical School

Animal Sciences

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Transform your interest in animals into a rewarding career by exploring how animals, science, and business can work together to further industry, education, and environmental and human health. You may choose to specialize in industry-business, equine, race track, or science/pre-professional studies.


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Find new ways to prevent and treat disease and turn these discoveries into life-saving innovations. You may choose to specialize in food safety and consumer health, plant pathology and microbiology, environmental microbiology, microbial genomics and biotechnology, or medical microbiology.

Nutritional Sciences

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Prevent disease and advance healthy living through better nutrition. You may choose to focus on dietetics with the goal of becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist or nutrition and dietetic technician, or nutrition with the goal of pursuing graduate studies such as medical, nursing, or pharmacy school. 

Precision Nutrition & Wellness

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Revolutionize our approach to nutrition, health, and wellness. Apply the latest technology to assess the risk of developing illnesses like cancer and cardiovascular disease and to test possible diet and exercise changes using genetic and lifestyle markers.

Veterinary Science

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Explore and protect animal health and strengthen the bond between humans and animals. You'll pair a solid foundation in modern and advanced biology with an applied focus on the health and welfare of animals.

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