Undergraduate Education

The University of Arizona offers a B.S. in Nutritional Science with two options to choose from: Dietetics and Nutrition. Both options provide students with a strong foundation in the sciences and a wide variety of nutritional science courses.

  • Dietetics Option: The Dietetics option is often chosen by students who plan to pursue a career in the field of dietetics, most likely as a Registered Dietitian. The Dietetics option has been accredited by ACEND, the agency responsible for credentialing all undergraduate dietetic programs and dietetic internships in the U.S. which have the intention of graduating students who are RD/DTR eligible. The Dietetics curriculum has more nutrition courses in the areas of medical nutrition therapy (MNT), community nutrition, nutrition counseling, and foodservice management than the nutrition option. Students who would like to move on directly after graduating to do a dietetic internship must complete the Dietetics option- The Nutrition option is missing key courses which qualify a student to do so.

Dietetics Option Course Checklist (PDF)

Dietetics Sample 4 Year Plan (PDF)

What is an RD?

  • Flexible Nutrition Option: The Flexible Nutrition option has many of the same science foundation courses and core nutrition course requirements as the Dietetics option, but it offers flexibility in the course requirements and allows students to make choices to incorporate a specific emphasis into the degree. Examples of how a student might customize this option include:
    • Incorporating additional math and science courses required by professional school such as medical, dental, physician assistant and physical therapy programs.
    • Incorporating accounting, economics, and food service courses for an emphasis in food service management.

This option is customizable to an extent and as the title states, it offers students a bit of flexibility. It does not however meet the Dietetics requirements required to be eligible to complete a Dietetic internship immediately after graduating.

Nutrition Option Emphasis Approval Process:

STEP 1: START HERE - Emphasis Approval Process Checklist
STEP 2: Review the following information - Custom Emphasis Backgrounds and Policies and Flexible Nutrition Option Course Checklist
STEP 3: Complete and submit - Custom Emphasis Proposal Form

If you would like to propose changes to an already approved emphasis, follow the Custom Emphasis Modification Instructions